Capital punishment foes convene today in Olympia to rally behind a bill sponsored by Sen. Debbie Regala, D-Tacoma, which would put an end to the death penalty in Washington, where 110 executions have been carried out since Jan. 5, 1849, when Cussas and Quallahworst, two Native Americans, were hanged for murder. The highly emotional issue has elevated, or -- in the case of 1988 presidential candidate Michael Dukakis -- crippled the hopes of many a politician. Let's see how he handled the question ("What If Kitty Were Murdered?") in his debate with George H.W. Bush.
Makes you cringe, don't it. They didn't call Dukakis "Zorba the Clerk" for nothing.