Republican Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, plans to file papers on Monday establishing a presidential exploratory committee. Huckabee is a favorite of conservatives because of his strong stands against choice, gay rights and gay marriage.
Aside from numerous ethical controversies and advocating the teaching of creationism in public schools, the Huckabee Administration received another distinction: It's unwavering partisan attacks against former Governor Bill Clinton, whose second term as President begin as Huckabee took office.
Huckabee assisted in one of the most vicious smears against Bill and Hillary Clinton, fabricating evidence that the couple (or even Chelsea) were rapists or murderers. The low-point of his career was the case of serial rapist Wayne Dumond, who raped a distant cousin of Bill Clinton's in Arkansas. Dumond was prosecuted and jailed but later paroled by the Huckabee Administration, who claimed that he had been framed. Dumond went out and killed another woman.
Huckabee is booked on Meet the Press tomorrow and is expected to announce his "law and order" and "families first" campaign. We're assuming that Tim Russert will conveniently forget to ask about the Dumond affair. Hopefully, Huckabee will not advance far into the 2008 primaries. In any event, we'll make sure that his ugly history is well known to voters.