The presidential candidate and the released murderer
Mitt Romney and Daniel Tavares this time, rather than Mike Dukakis and Willie Horton, of course. Some analysis from local bloggers:
Jay Fitzgerald isn't that ready to let Romney off the hook for the judge's decision:
... If the Tavares case is about a 'systematic failure' of the Massachusetts judicial system, wasn't Mitt part of that system? Answer: It is -- and he was. ...
Fitzgerald also argues that as bad as Tavares's release was, it was nowhere near the lunacy of his original plea bargin for carving up his mother.
Jon Keller calls a time-out:
More importantly, the whole episode is yet another illustration of the hamstring-pulling political "transformation" Romney has undergone, from good-government-and-diversity-conscious moderate governor to arch-conservative presidential candidate. That's where he's vulnerable, not on some ludicrous theory that he secretly loves to let vicious killers loose.
Also, Giuliani, another liberal turned conservative, has some crime issues to answer for himself, he writes: Amadou Diallo, anyone?
Jules Crittenden calls the release Mass. stupidity and rounds up comments from the conserve-o-sphere.
On Blue Mass. Group, Heartland Dem doubts Romney will do the right thing:
... Unfortunately, on top of the tragedy, Romney does not posses the character to either apologize for his nomination of Judge Tuttman, the mistake that she made or the circumstances and flaws in the judicial system that created the opportunity for the Tavares to re-commit murder. The buck may stop in Willard's pocket but integrity don't live there.
On Squaring the Boston Globe, Harry says the Herald has been wiping the floor with the Globe when it comes to digging up the events leading up to Tavares's release (More from Harry).
Dan Kennedy acknowledges Tavares once threatened to kill Romnney - back when he was still in a Massachusetts jail, but still doesn't accept the Romney campaign spreading that news around:
Now why didn't Michael Dukakis think of this? If only the Duke's campaign had whispered that Willie Horton "had once threatened to assassinate him," as Mitt Romney's people want us to believe was the case with Daniel Tavares Jr., he might have been elected president.