Yesterday morning on the East Coast, 2008 Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee told Fox News he was leaning against running for president in 2012.
Meanwhile, on the West Coast, a Huckabee clemency recipient was allegedly preparing to carry out a murderous attack on four law enforcement officials.
Of the more than 1,000 people who received pardons, commutations or clemency from Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, at least two of them, apparently, have ended up killing innocent people. And there are hundreds of other potential landmines out there, just waiting to detonate.
It’s a tragedy for the good people of Lakewood, Washington. And it’s an ominous sign for Gov. Huckabee. Given recidivism rates, there are bound to be other blowups between now and Election Day 2012. Hopefully, none this awful. And they’ll haunt Huckabee from first to last.
I’m guessing there are people out there who got a second chance from Gov. Huckabee and who turned their lives around. I’d like to hear some of the success stories. But this is shades of Willie Horton and Michael Dukakis back in 1988. And operation research will be pouring over every single pardon, commutation and clemency petition if Huckabee casts his hat in the ring in 2012.