Sunday, December 6, 2009

Leadership, Mercy and Risk

Allan Hunt has written an excellent article articulating common-sense notions of leadership and decision making in general, and governors and clemency in particular. Says Hunt:

... Offering second chances is not without its risks. Then again, serving as a governor involves risks. All leadership does. As the old saying goes, every ship is safe as long as it is in the harbor, but that is not what ships are made for, is it? Some decisions prove prophetic and wise; some decisions ultimately fail, sometimes in very ugly ways. In his ten and a half years in office, Huckabee pardoned or commuted the sentences of 1,033 individuals ... His 1,033 second-chance decisions yielded three very high profile failures ... As horrible as these three situations became, one must admit that 3 failures in 1033 decisions proves to be a reasonably effective rate of success in using pardons and clemency.

See full editorial here.

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