Huckabee 2012 Campaign Unlikely to Receive Clemency

by Mike on November 30, 2009

in Election 2008,Election 2012,Politics

When the story of the four police officers who were ambushed and murdered in a Washington state coffee shop broke yesterday, few could have imagined that the story would have a newsworthiness beyond the intrinsic horror of the event.  Today, we learned that the crime may have an impact on the 2012 Presidential election.

It turns out that back in 2000, Maurice Clemmons, the Washington massacre’s chief suspect, had his 95-year prison sentence commuted by then Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.  As many of us know, this isn’t the first time Huckabee has had to deal with a Willie Horton problem.  Back in the Republican primary, I was concerned that Hillary Clinton (Given how events unfolded; wow, was that fear ever misplaced) would run ads along the lines of the following video if our party nominated Huckabee.

Like Ed Morrissey, I know that Huckabee would never intentionally set a murderer on the loose.  However, such a lenient approach to criminal justice issues raises a red flag for anyone with Presidential ambitions.

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Chris December 1, 2009 at 12:03 am

Very sad that had to occur (the ambush). I am glad that it looks like Huckabee won’t be running in 2012. He has a great gig @ FNC and I rather enjoy his show…it’s got quite a bit of folksy charm and it’s nice to see a fmr presidential candidate who is musically inclined.

Huckabee’s candidacy I think, would be disasterous for the GOP. I do agree with him on social issues but think he is out there on foreign policy and toward the end of his campaign, there was something about him that screamed ‘pining for the camera/the camera’s attention’ in the same vain as Obama.

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Ryan December 1, 2009 at 5:24 pm

You hit it just right, Mike — Maurice Clemmons becomes the new Willie Horton if Huckabee got the nomination.

I also agree, Chris, that Huckabee would not be good for the Republican Party in 2012. We need a fresh face with conservative credentials and no baggage or flip-flopping — which basically takes the whole 2008 crew out of the running (minus Fred Thompson or Sarah Palin, of course).

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