On a completely different path than my post earlier today: Tucker Carlson, conservative founder of the Daily Caller, says Vick should have been executed. Carlson is guest hosting for Sean Hannity on Fox News this week.
Carlson, who is guest-hosting the Fox News program "Hannity" this week, made the remark during a discussion about Obama's call to Eagles' owner Jeffrey Lurie in which the President said he was happy the team gave the troubled quarterback a second chance after he was convicted of running a dog fighting ring.
"I'm a Christian, I've made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances, but Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did [it] in a heartless and cruel way," Carlson said. "And I think personally he should have been executed for that. He wasn't."
"But the idea that the President of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs [is] kind of beyond the pale," he said.
Aside from treason or desertion, I don’t think the United States Government uses the death penalty. If they did, all those crack dealers they’ve busted over the years would certainly deserve a noose or a firing squad for killing people.
Vick killed dogs. He did it cruelly. But he didn’t kill people.
He’s also confessed to his crime, accepted his punishment, done his time and fulfilled all of the terms of his probation.
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UPDATE: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air (I think) agrees with me. Regardless of where you stand on the appropriateness of Vick’s sentence vis-a-vis the heinous nature of the crime, both he and the Government agreed on a plea bargain and the sentence. Vick fulfilled his end of the bargain and should be free to earn a living. Morrissey, being one of the “big dogs” on the right blogosphere, also got Carlson to expound upon his incendiary comment:
I love dogs — we have three — and I think what Vick did was horrifying and shockingly cruel. Executed? I don’t know. I do know that 19 months is a joke. People get more than that for tax evasion. He certainly shouldn’t be back in the NFL with Obama rooting for him. What the president said is disgusting. That’s the story as far as I’m concerned.