Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Atwater, Estrada, and Horton

Republican whiz kid Lee Atwater famously telephoned former Gov. Michael Dukakis after Atwater was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It is reported that he called to apologize for the political attacks based on Dukakis signing a prison furlough order for convicted murderer Willie Horton. Horton went on to rape a woman and torture her fiancee.

I believe that the Willie Horton furlough was a legitimate campaign issue. However, the late Lee Atwater would know better whether he owed an apology than I would. It is a good lesson that one should conduct politics in such a way to require no deathbed apologies.

I keep thinking that Senator Chuck Schumer might have to make one of those calls to Miguel Estrada one day.


Blogger Mayor of Tommyville said...

Alright swany, being that Im no lawyer perhaps you can tell me if my legal reasoning in a commentary I just submitted today on Charles Schumer to the strib's op/ed dept. is flawed or not. I posted it on my blog under "Chucky's Cheese" at

July 28, 2005 12:04 AM  

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