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Posted by on Dec 7, 2007 in Media | 10 comments

Wayne Dumond: When Politics Can Kill

01adumond02.jpgIs Clinton Derangement Syndrome responsible for the horrific deaths of Carol Sue Shields and Sara Andrasek?

Perhaps.

Shields and Andrasek are the women that Wayne Dumond raped and murdered after he was released from prison because of, in large part, the efforts of then-Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Huckabee, a Baptist preacher whose long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination has made him a media darling, met with Dumond’s wife while campaigning for governor, vowing to free him, and then met privately with the Arkansas parole board as governor after a campaign in which religious right wingers were instrumental in his election.

These fanatics believed Dumond had been framed for the 1985 rape of 17-year-old high school cheerleader Ashley Stevens because she was a distant relative of former Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton and the daughter of a major Clinton campaign contributor.

Huckabee told CNN yesterday that the deaths of the women was “heartbreaking.”

“There are families who are truly, understandably and reasonably, grief stricken,” he said. “And for people to now politicize these deaths and to try to make a political case out of it rather than to simply understand that a system failed and that we ought to extend our grief and heartfelt sorrow to these families, I just regret politics is reduced to that.”

The unhappy reality is that Huckabee allowed Dumond to become a “political case” — and later a full-blown tragedy — by caving into the pressure from these Clinton-hating extremists despite having been warned by numerous women that Dumond had sexually assaulted them or their family members and would likely strike again.

After Huckabee’s tête-à-tête with the parole board, it granted Dumond conditional parole only months after that had been rejected and he was released 25 years before his 50-year term was to end.

Dumond’s release was delayed for two years because of an unusual condition — he would have to move to another state.

In 1999, Dumond moved Missouri where he raped and suffocated 39-year-old Shields. The day before he was arrested in 2001 for those crimes, police believe that he also raped and murdered Andrasek, 23, who was pregnant with her first child.

Dumond died of natural causes while in prison in 2005.

Despite Huckabee’s protestations of being unfairly tarnished, he kept the letters and related documents from Dumond’s victims and their families secret because they were politically damaging.

He now disingenuously blames the parole board that he worked so hard to influence because it was made up of people appointed by Clinton and his successor, Democratic Governor Jim Guy Tucker, whom Huckabee reminds us was in cahoots with Clinton in the Whitewater affair and was convicted of Whitewater-related felonies — as if that matters.

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Clinton Derangement Syndrome (CDS) and its evil stepson, Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS), are pejorative terms for conservatives blaming then-President Clinton for all the world’s ills and liberals blaming President Bush for the same.

But there is an especial viciousness in the case of Clinton haters that may begin to explain why in Arkansas they would have bought into unsubstantiated rumors that a career sexual predator was railroaded because of one of his victim’s tangential connections to their arch nemesis.

For CDS sufferers, Clinton is hated because of whom he is perceived to be. For BDS sufferers, Bush is hated because of what he has done to America and the world.

Face it, Clinton seems sleazy in a way that Bush does not. His trailer trash background and adulterous escapades resonate in a way that Bush’s greatest failings and missteps do not, although at the end of the day Clinton’s amorality pales in comparison to Bush’s.

It is difficult to imagine a BDS sufferer believing, let alone writing a book to the effect that George and Barbara Bush conspired to kill their spouse. That is what CDS sufferer Kathleen Willey has done in the case of the Clintons regarding the death of her husband, and others have done in arguing ad nauseum that White House counsel and Hillary Clinton intimate Vince Foster was a victim of the Clintons and not a suicide.

Blogger Rick Moran summarizes the phenomenon in this era of viciously partisan politics thusly:

“What CDS did was gather the kooks, the loons, and the nuts on the right under one umbrella with the Internet as catalyst. Chat rooms and message boards acted as incubators where the latest preposterous theories about the Clintons were born.

“And perhaps it’s no accident that BDS was born just when blogs began their rise to prominence. The archives of Daily Kos are full of diaries and posts that posit the most jaw dropping conspiracy theories about Bush. If the largest liberal blog could indulge themselves in such tripe, then clearly the way to fame and fortune in the leftysphere was to outdo the big guys in coming up with even more ridiculous theories of dark doings and evil abroad in the land.”

Moran wonders why front-running Hillary Clinton hasn’t come in for more CDS that she has. I say give it time, Rick, give it time.

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  • domajot

    Thank you rescuing three letter of the alphabet (BDS) from the right’s spin zone.

    Stay tuned for a cerain commenter’s 6 page rebuttal.

  • Rudi

    Maybe Shaun’s postings will become a drinking game.too. It’s a shame the Dutch lad and JS aren’t patrolling comments for meanies anymore.

  • Blaming the Clintons or even Huckabee for the deaths of those people is absurd. Huckabee certainly made an error in judgement while under pressure but he did not bring about the deaths, but I cannot even understand how you could even come close to blaming Clinton for that one. So they had people on a parole board, those people felt the pressure of Huckabee in making their final decision. Blaming the Clintons for the deaths of those women is like blaming a Me for the war in Iraq neither of us even really had any connection to the event.

  • superdestroyer

    The left would have a better case for outrage if they would support probation and parole liability.

    Why not make the government official who paroled a convicted criminal responsible for all of the harms that the parolee does. The government officials may take a more limited view of early release, parole, and probation if they knew they were responsbile for any potential harms.

    And before you consider the idea ridiculous, you may want to know that government officials are already response for the harms created by the handling of hazardous materials. Why should the public works people have civil lawsuits while the criminal justice system be exempt from liablity for the actions and their judgement.

  • domajot

    Super D-

    So, what is your solutiion?
    Put everyone arrested away for life? Or kill them?
    That is the only sure way of guarding against their potential for criminal behavior in the futuee

  • superdestroyer

    domajot,

    If the criminal justice system depends upon the professional judgement of those involved, then those individuals should be liable for very bad mistakes. If a parole, probation, or early release was politically motiviated, then those making the judgement should be held responsible just like physicians are responsible for their mistakes.

    Let the parole/clemency board go out and buy liability insurance just like every Hazmat carrier in the country.

    Also, let them established objective criteria that would demonsrated that they have meet their duty.

  • domajot

    Suprr D-

    I’ve lived too long to put faith in perfection when human fallibility is involved/
    Make rules, and human nature will ensure that some will find a way around them.

    Then, too, your solutions ahve consequences of thieir own. People have a way of forgetting that, when they announce the miracle cure.

    How about no one wanting a job on a parole board under your conditions, for starters?

  • DLS

    Maybe Shaun’s postings will become a drinking game.too.

    Every time he’s wrong or excessively repetitive? That’s Cirrhosis City. Better just to have that parrot squawk. His material isn’t the worst on here, anyway. (I let most of the worst on this site slip by without comment, as a rule; I try occasional remediation, but without successful results, sadly for those responsible).

  • DLS

    For CDS sufferers, Clinton is hated because of whom he is perceived to be. For BDS sufferers, Bush is hated because of what he has done to America and the world.

    False statement, as well as falsely implied equality (with the non-existent “Clinton derangement”; disgust with Clinton, mainly rational, is enormously dwarfed by real, actual Bush hatred and true irrationality or derangement)

    Time for a drink, or two, or three…

  • Ah, DLS is wrong again. What a shock. To claim that there’s no such thing as CDS after incidents such as Gush claiming that the next day on his show he’d have a shocking revelation about the murder of Vincent Foster, the production and distribution of a video accusing Clinton of being involved in drug smuggling and murder being underwritten by that bastion of the right Jerry Falwell and the Arkansas Project is the height of dishonesty.

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