GOP media consultant Jay Bryant revives the Grand Old Lie of the Dukakis presidential campaign:
As Governor, Dukakis had instituted a prisoner work-release program whereby violent criminals were allowed to spend part of their sentence under sub-minimum security conditions. This was supposed to help the inmates get ready to go back into society, but what it mainly helped them do was escape. This did indeed put them back into society, but unfortunately, a number of them proved to be just a teensy-weensy bit short of fully adjusted. One guy, named Willie Horton, raped a woman in Maryland, and he became the poster boy for what a bad idea the program was.As any informed person knows, the furlough program was instituted by Dukakis' Republican predecessor, Francis Sargent. Whatever poor judgment Dukakis may have demonstrated in failing to work with the legislature to limit or repeal the program, it was nonetheless the brainchild of a Republican.
It is difficult for me to believe that Bryant doesn't know the facts.