Video: “Clemency”

posted at 4:52 pm on November 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

Ed and the boss have already covered the bases on this one, but it’s worth revisiting this relic from last year’s GOP primaries to remind you how much the issue dogged Huckabee even then. Given the mammoth volume of clemencies he granted, cases like Dumond and Clemmons are best viewed not as isolated lapses in judgment but as statistical inevitabilities. The truly surprising thing is that Huck either didn’t anticipate them or did anticipate them but figured they’d blow over quickly. That’s bizarrely cavalier for a man with presidential ambitions.

He’ll be on the Factor tonight for what hopefully won’t be a softball interview. If O’Reilly’s hurting for questions to ask, these should help get him started. As for Huck, he spoke briefly with Fox News Radio this afternoon. What’s wrong with this picture?

Huckabee, who is considering a making second presidential run in 2012, also spoke to Fox News radio about his decision.

“If I could have known nine years ago, looked into the future, would I have acted favorably upon the parole board’s recommendation? Of course not,” he said. “One of the things that is horrible and just, again, one of the realities you have to confront is the criminal justice system is far from perfect, and in this case it failed miserably on all sides.”

Actually, the justice system succeeded: Clemmons was locked up and hit with a nice long sentence. It was you who failed, champ. This makes twice in 24 hours that Huck has none-too-subtly tried to evade responsibility for his role in this. The surest way to overcome a political disaster is to accept blame, express remorse, and move on; why he’s trying to spread it around is mystifying to me, unless he’s serious about not running in 2012. Which, with the specter of four dead police officers to follow him, he probably is. Exit quotation via Lileks: “I think the past tense of the former Presidential candidate’s name is Huckawas.”


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The blood of four law enforcement officers on your hands, Huckprah. Four dead, because of your ‘mercy’.

HornetSting on November 30, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Judgement . . .

rplat on November 30, 2009 at 4:56 PM

he’s toast

buh-bye

cmsinaz on November 30, 2009 at 4:58 PM

“Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy”
William Shakespeare

faol on November 30, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Maybe Jesus just wanted all 4 of the police officers to die at the same time, so he set off a chain of events leading up to their murders.

SouthernGent on November 30, 2009 at 4:59 PM

At this point, Huckawas has as much chance of surviving a primary as Newt does.

elduende on November 30, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Are we talking about the game show host – who used to be in politics?

jake-the-goose on November 30, 2009 at 4:59 PM

anyone with multiple violent convictions should be locked up till they are 90,at least

theTarCzar on November 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM

This actually makes me happy.
I do Not want him running for Anything, ever.
Stick with TV, Huck.

bridgetown on November 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Huckatoast.

TXUS on November 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Maybe he just has to rationalize it so he can live with himself. You don’t usually think of “good deeds” go so terribly wrong. Of course, it might have been nice if he listened to his advisors.

Cindy Munford on November 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM

“Actually, the justice system succeeded: Clemmons was locked up and hit with a nice long sentence. It was you who failed, champ.”

The political posters just write themselves…

Seven Percent Solution on November 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Okay Huck,the handwriting is on the wall for you.Save yourself the embarrassment and don’t run.

ohiobabe on November 30, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Mike Huckabee’s office just released another statement:

In a difficult time such as this it is easy to attempt to place blame on those who were involved in making the decision for clemency so many years ago. This is why I am calling upon my left hand, the hand that signed those clemency papers those years ago, to take responsibility and step down. Not only my hands, however, the hands of all those in the District Attorney’s offices should be included. It is important to understand that I was unaware of what my hands were doing at the time.

Huckabee, 2012. Thank you.

classicaliberal on November 30, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Actually, the justice system succeeded: Clemmons was locked up and hit with a nice long sentence. It was you who failed, champ.

Bingo, AP.

Once again, the bleeding hearts allow more innocent blood to be spilled.

red winger on November 30, 2009 at 5:02 PM

He tried evasion the first time around. I hate this moron and always have. He is a charlatan and not a Conservative.

echosyst on November 30, 2009 at 5:02 PM

The GOP primary voters won’t “pardon” you, Huckster.

Norwegian on November 30, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Another RINOID hits the dust. Good effin’ riddance.

TXUS on November 30, 2009 at 5:02 PM

I’m all for Huck taking his portion of blame but didn’t Arkansas and Washington kind of spit the bit on his repeat offenses?

I like it that the bail bondsman is out $135 large for backing the guy.

DanMan on November 30, 2009 at 5:02 PM

“…one of the realities you have to confront is the criminal justice system is far from perfect, and in this case it failed miserably on all sides.”

A little like an arsonist complaining about how inefficent the fire department is.

Cicero43 on November 30, 2009 at 5:03 PM

The blood of four law enforcement officers on your hands, Huckprah. Four dead, because of your ‘mercy’.

HornetSting on November 30, 2009 at 4:55 PM
//
That is heavy stuff and sonmething he will have to live with.

ohiobabe on November 30, 2009 at 5:04 PM

After reading his statement I don’t know which is worse, his propensity for bad decisions or his propensity for not accepting the responsibility of those decisions.

fourdeucer on November 30, 2009 at 5:04 PM

why he’s trying to spread it around is mystifying to me, unless he’s serious about not running in 2012.

Trying to save his gig on Fox, he knows if this sticks he is gone.
No show, no candidacy, he will have to go back on to the pulpit to make a buck.

right2bright on November 30, 2009 at 5:05 PM

It was you who failed, champ. This makes twice in 24 hours that Huck has none-too-subtly tried to evade responsibility for his role in this.

He has more in common with Teh Won than I thought.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 30, 2009 at 5:05 PM

On the contrary, “Huckawas” SHOULD run–for Senate in 2010. Blanche Lincoln’s seat is ripe for plucking…

Steve Z on November 30, 2009 at 5:05 PM

The parole board/system also deserves a lot of the blame, if this was as “cut and dried” as it seems to be.

exhelodrvr on November 30, 2009 at 5:06 PM

He’ll be on the Factor tonight for what hopefully won’t be a softball interview.

Notice Fox News is not using the “C” word (clemency) at all today?
BO will pretend to be modestly outraged because Hucksterbee is on the payroll.

Not expecting anything newsworthy from BO tonight although the one thing O’Reilly does hit hard on are child abusers.

This murderer recently was accused of molesting a child.

FireBlogger on November 30, 2009 at 5:06 PM

This should make me popular. After reading the case on which he was convicted and finding news reports on the others, his sentencing was really really really harsh and I don’t think the commutation was out of line.

Blake on November 30, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Well if O’Reilly doesn’t rake Huckster over the coals … then he’s a chickenshite coward.

O’Reilly’s been ambushing and skewering judges accross the nation for doing exactly what the Huckster did … and Huckster did it MORE than any of the judges O’Reilly has impaled to date.

And … I APPROVE of O’Reilly’s ambushes …

I’m just a bit skeptical that he’ll give the same treatment to Huck.

HondaV65 on November 30, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Excuse Czar.

the_nile on November 30, 2009 at 5:08 PM

GOP 2012 Field:
Sanford: Mistressgate — GONE
Romney: Romneycare — GONE
Newt: Scccozzzzzaaaavvvvaaa — GONE
Huck: Clemencygate — GONE

Cheney (Dick): wouldn’t mind, but will never happen
TPaw: Jury is still out, but still too much RINOish
Dark horses???? Daniels, DeMint, Thune??

The numbers are slowly being whittled down…come on AP, second look at Palin perhaps?

davek70 on November 30, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Huck-a-who?

upinak on November 30, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Our resident Huckabots are unusually quiet today, aren’t they?

Can’t wait for them to tell us how much money he saved the state by letting 1,000 criminals free.

BuzzCrutcher on November 30, 2009 at 5:10 PM

GOP 2012 Field:
Sanford: Mistressgate — GONE
Romney: Romneycare — GONE
Newt: Scccozzzzzaaaavvvvaaa — GONE
Huck: Clemencygate — GONE

Cheney (Dick): wouldn’t mind, but will never happen
TPaw: Jury is still out, but still too much RINOish
Dark horses???? Daniels, DeMint, Thune??

Totally agree with this. Obama is coasting.

tetriskid on November 30, 2009 at 5:12 PM

I’d watch if its fair and balanced on BillO’s show,
Ann Coulter/Michelle Malkin ridiculing Huckabee and Marc Lamont Hill defending him

macncheez on November 30, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Hopefully, in a couple of days, more knowledgeable people will defend Huckabee’s decision to grant commutation because he is getting unfairly skewered on this.

Blake on November 30, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Second look at Huckabee

RIP
2008-2009

portlandon on November 30, 2009 at 5:15 PM

No problem. He’ll just call this a “distraction” and the press will nod at him like bobbleheads and call out the haters… Oh wait!

We’re talking about Huckabee? Not Obama?

Republican+fatal mistake=gone

Housecleaning is good. Wish Democrats did it.

rihar on November 30, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Let’s not forget that he never gave an accounting for his decision to grant clemency when he was governor which, from what I hear about his state’s constitution, was required.

The question is less whether he can even credibly run in 2012 (NOT), but whether he can even keep his day job at Fox. This story is just beginning and it’s not pretty. Not only did this cop-killer slay four of Washington’s finest yesterday, but he was out on bail for raping a child.

Sheesh. WTF does it take to get locked up for good in this country?

redfoxbluestate on November 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM

davek70 on November 30, 2009 at 5:09 PM

I think 2012 will be a battle between Palin and Pawlenty. May the best woman win.

Dark Horse? Forget it. The amount of money, organization & name recognition needed to secure a national nomination will be prohibitive for any unknown candidate.
And I don’t see a Daniels or Thune getting there on charisma alone /sarc

Norwegian on November 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Blake on November 30, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Maybe but some people who advised against it have already said so. Unless there are some really extrodinary circumstatnces, why not just stand by juries and judges’ decision?

Cindy Munford on November 30, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Maybe he just has to rationalize it so he can live with himself. You don’t usually think of “good deeds” go so terribly wrong. Of course, it might have been nice if he listened to his advisors.

Cindy Munford on November 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM

As a friend/informal advisor to three governors over the years, I can tell you that foremost on the mind of someone dealing with an official favorable recommendation for clemency on their desk is “what if”.

Some of these involve minor type crimes or criminals where the recidivism rate is quite low.

But when you get one like this, where the guy’s a really bad actor and a jury or judge has given over 100 years of hard time, not only do you say hell no to the recommendation, you fire those in charge of reviewing and recommending clemency or pardons in the first place.

Huckabee, in my opinion, has no defense at all here. He might as well have pulled the trigger himself on those cops.

TXUS on November 30, 2009 at 5:20 PM

This is why I freak out so much about crimes against animals (which Huck could care less about animal cruelty either, he had 7 years of ballot request to end animal fighting, with the proper signatures, and he never let it go to the ballot-not a partisan issue) because it always leads to brutal crimes against humans. I am in no way comparing animals to humans but just seeing the correlation.

My original reasons for Huck giving me a bad feeling in my gut was because of all the stories about him ignoring animal cruelty, especially from his own son, but now I know my instincts were right.

margategop517 on November 30, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Actually, the justice system succeeded: Clemmons was locked up and hit with a nice long sentence. It was you who failed, champ.

Spot on, AP.

Harpazo on November 30, 2009 at 5:21 PM

After reading the case on which he was convicted and finding news reports on the others, his sentencing was really really really harsh and I don’t think the commutation was out of line.

Blake on November 30, 2009 at 5:07 PM

In light of this weekends events I believe his original sentence was right in line.

thomasaur on November 30, 2009 at 5:22 PM

I like it that the bail bondsman is out $135 large for backing the guy.

DanMan on November 30, 2009 at 5:02 PM

But he isn’t/won’t be. It is an appearance bond. If he is shot dead or caught before the next appearance, then he keeps the $15k as his fee and the bond is cancelled. The $15k is to hire Dog to track him down if he is still alive and does not appear.

barnone on November 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Blake on November 30, 2009 at 5:07 PM

I like my home state’s way of taking care of criminals. They like to kill them.
Mercy caused mayhem.

HornetSting on November 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Romney, Newt, and Huck were never legitimate contenders to begin with.

We have Palin, DeMint, Bachmann, any of the Cheneys, Petraeus (I hope he changes his mind), and Perry. We’re fine.

Anyway, the sick thing about this ordeal is Huck’s judgement. He just pardons anyone who claims he or she converted to Christianity and has seen the light?

cubachi on November 30, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Soooooo…

I wonder how Huckawho feels about KSM being tried in a civilian court in NY City?

Seven Percent Solution on November 30, 2009 at 5:24 PM

He’ll be on the Factor tonight for what hopefully won’t be a softball interview.

Right…
O’Reilly is one of the worst interviewers in the business. What we will learn is only how this affects O’Reilly. He really is Ted Baxter. And let’s hope this is the end of Huckabee being taken seriously as a conservative leader. He’s always been a fraud. Good riddance Huck.

edgehead on November 30, 2009 at 5:26 PM

My original reasons for Huck giving me a bad feeling in my gut was because of all the stories about him ignoring animal cruelty, especially from his own son, but now I know my instincts were right.

margategop517 on November 30, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Absolutely~they have correlated the killing of animals as a precursor for serial killers. Not to say that Huckprah was a serial killer, well, not by his own hand, unless you consider his signature to allow clemency by his own hand. Which I do.

I’m ready to storm Fox News with calls to have this a$$hat taken off the air. ASAP! Who’s with me?

HornetSting on November 30, 2009 at 5:26 PM

An Old Fashioned Christmas
NOT for those injured and killed by STUPID Huckaclemancy.

HornetSting is right; the blood of good law enforcement officers is on Huck. Native Americans have a tradition that the one who saves another’s life is forever responsible for EVERYTHING that the ‘saved’ one does.

IF Huck were decent, he’d have confessed his remorse IMMEDIATELY when this pervert proved immediately upon release that his life would only consist of violent crime. Huck’s had YEARS to “reach out” to this murderer and teach the criminal to respect the law and the inalienable rights of other people. But no, he let loose vermin, proving how stupid Huck is, and what carnage results from Huck’s decisions.

His Xmas book sales should be 100% given to the families of the victims of Clemmons/Huckaclemancy. Regardless, Huckabee will always bear this guilt. But the proceeds donated to THEIR charity instead of padding his guilty @ss would at least be an old fashioned nice gesture. Tisk, tisk that he didn’t think of it himself immediately.

btw, Huck gets the kid glove rebuke, “golly gee, do ya think it might hurt him” — not the “termination of his political career” forecast from HotAir delivered as a death blow against Palin when she resigned early from being Gov./Alaska in order to promote conservative unity and tend to her family following their rape by the media. Sexism. In the name of a higher moral authority that Huck abusively claims his own, COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVE Palin would NEVER set loose a convicted murderous teen who failed to serve his time. It wouldn’t be her idea in the first place; and she’d stand her ground against any who would nag her to do it for their corrupt reasons to curry favor from the criminal block of voters.

maverick muse on November 30, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Well, I’d watch Bill O go after him tonight, But, The Saints and Patriots are rocking the dome tonight.

Guest1.1 on November 30, 2009 at 5:27 PM

I suspect the main reason that Huckabee pardoned most of these guys is that they allegedly “found God” while in prison. The problem with this is (A) a lot of these guys are lying sociopaths who were saying whatever they needed to say to get free (B) even if they really were sincere at the time, once they are back out in the free world there are a million temptations and frustrations, and many (most?) wind up going back to their old ways

BuzzCrutcher on November 30, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Sheesh. WTF does it take to get locked up for good in this country?

redfoxbluestate on November 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Smoke some pot. See what happens.

Dominion on November 30, 2009 at 5:29 PM

converted to Christianity and has seen the light?

cubachi on November 30, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Making amends matters.

maverick muse on November 30, 2009 at 5:29 PM

TXUS on November 30, 2009 at 5:20 PM

It also undercuts our court system. I have to assume the jury was given the information to convict and the judge knew this man’s record to justify the sentence, I resent that the governor felt he knew better. Especially since there is a hint of cronyism in the clemency.

Cindy Munford on November 30, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Huckabee has the crazy eye.

RedRedRice on November 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Huck…we hardly knew ye

Hummer53 on November 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Let’s not forget that he never gave an accounting for his decision to grant clemency when he was governor which, from what I hear about his state’s constitution, was required.

redfoxbluestate on November 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Yes he did. He said his age at the time of his crimes and the fact that he had served 10 years which I assume was without disciplinary problems otherwise he would have never been eligible to even apply for clemency.

His original sentence of 95 years was extremely harsh for the offenses. I have never seen a sentence that heavy for those types of offenses for someone his age that has never been to prison before. After 10 years of good behavior in prison it was fair to grant him parole.

Blake on November 30, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Huckabee has the crazy eye.

RedRedRice on November 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Red Rum

maverick muse on November 30, 2009 at 5:31 PM

That’s bizarrely cavalier for a man with presidential ambitions.

He’s been an amateurish rube all along. Hallelujah we don’t have to contend with him, again.

How prescient of him to say on the Fox Sunday show that he won’t run again, as long as Mr. Ailes keeps him around. This might affect his ratings and he might lose the job and the run.

Schadenfreude on November 30, 2009 at 5:32 PM

GOP 2012 Field:
Sanford: Mistressgate — GONE
Romney: Romneycare — GONE
Newt: Scccozzzzzaaaavvvvaaa — GONE
Huck: Clemencygate — GONE

Cheney (Dick): wouldn’t mind, but will never happen
TPaw: Jury is still out, but still too much RINOish
Dark horses???? Daniels, DeMint, Thune??

Totally agree with this. Obama is coasting.

tetriskid on November 30, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Yeah, he’ll be coasting until Nov when he loses to Palin.

I think 2012 will be a battle between Palin and Pawlenty. May the best woman win.

Dark Horse? Forget it. The amount of money, organization & name recognition needed to secure a national nomination will be prohibitive for any unknown candidate.
And I don’t see a Daniels or Thune getting there on charisma alone /sarc

Norwegian on November 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM

I tend to agree with this assessment as well. Even Pawlenty will have a lot of work to do to raise the kind of cash he’ll need to compete w/ Palin. He is still relatively unknown.

davek70 on November 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

which I assume was without disciplinary problems otherwise

Blake,

You missed Laura Ingraham this morning?

maverick muse on November 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

HornetSting on November 30, 2009 at 5:26 PM

I don’t want him in a political office but until he does something stupid on TV I won’t interfere with him making a living. I can’t imagine what it is like to live with this.

Cindy Munford on November 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Huckawas

or Huckabeen

Schadenfreude on November 30, 2009 at 5:34 PM

I have learned to trust my instincts about people. When I first saw and heard Huckabee I sensed this guy was phony and possibly a little slimey. Always happy to have my instincts validated by events.

SKYFOX on November 30, 2009 at 5:34 PM

maverick muse on November 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Spell it out instead of pretending to be coy.

Blake on November 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Smoke Grow some pot. See what happens.

Dominion on November 30, 2009 at 5:29 PM

FIFY.

The Huckster is burnt toast, as he should be.

rukiddingme on November 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Mike Huckabee: “Do Mormons believe in Forgiveness & Clemency?”

portlandon on November 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

How prescient of him to say on the Fox Sunday show that he won’t run again, as long as Mr. Ailes keeps him around. This might affect his ratings and he might lose the job and the run.

Schadenfreude on November 30, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Yep. As with Howard Dean, “We’ve been there, done that already.” He admitted that he hasn’t the GOP leadership behind him, making any potus run out of the question.

maverick muse on November 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

portlandon on November 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

No. Earn your own salvation.

maverick muse on November 30, 2009 at 5:36 PM

I tend to agree with this assessment as well. Even Pawlenty will have a lot of work to do to raise the kind of cash he’ll need to compete w/ Palin. He is still relatively unknown.

davek70 on November 30, 2009

As a Hoosier, I’m biased in favor of Mitch Daniels and believe he’s been a fine governor and not a Bush clone as was feared originally. I think he’d be an outstanding vice-president in the Palin administration.

SKYFOX on November 30, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Huckster – 1033 pardons as Guv.
Palin – none – only two granted in state since 1995.
Palin – 9/1/07 – as Guv signed legislation greatly tightening the clemency/pardon apparatus in the state. Sarah pushed the bill….

just sayin….

highninside on November 30, 2009 at 5:39 PM

I’m with you Hornet! Let me know who to call. My husband calls me his little Pitt Bull because I never give up on anything.

Huckprah, that’s really good Hornet!

margategop517 on November 30, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Spell it out–Blake on November 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Coy, I’m not. Visit her page and listen for yourself. All along, this murderer had behavioral problems worse than I’d imagine.

maverick muse on November 30, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Coy, I’m not. Visit her page and listen for yourself. All along, this murderer had behavioral problems worse than I’d imagine.

maverick muse on November 30, 2009 at 5:39 PM

I can’t on this computer. What disciplinary problems, if any did he have in prison before his sentence was commuted. You could have answered the question in the time it took you to post.

Blake on November 30, 2009 at 5:43 PM

I like my home state’s way of taking care of criminals. They like to kill them.
Mercy caused mayhem.

HornetSting on November 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM

If they catch the guy, Washington has NO death penalty.

Schadenfreude on November 30, 2009 at 5:43 PM

maverick muse on November 30, 2009 at 5:39 PM

For the record I already tried to and also looked for some comments on what she said. So far nuthin’

Blake on November 30, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Yep I think if he wants to get past this he’s going to have to man up and take responsibility for granting this guy clemency in the first place. Obfuscating his responsibility and trying to pass the buck on to others is not what people want to see from a potential 2012 candidate, especially when the current occupant of the White House is widely acknowledged and criticized by all and sunder for doing exactly that when one of his decisions results in a less than stellar outcome.

Hellrider on November 30, 2009 at 5:45 PM

If they catch the guy, Washington has NO death penalty.

Schadenfreude on November 30, 2009 at 5:43 PM

If he is a cop killer, there should be no chance of catching him alive. As it should be.

portlandon on November 30, 2009 at 5:45 PM

HornetSting on November 30, 2009 at 5:26 PM

I don’t want him in a political office but until he does something stupid on TV I won’t interfere with him making a living. –Cindy Munford on November 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

So long as Huckabee doesn’t run for public office, let him preach to his flock.

maverick muse on November 30, 2009 at 5:46 PM

HornetSting on November 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM
If they catch the guy, Washington has NO death penalty.

Schadenfreude on November 30, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Yes, liberal sh*tpit with no balls. Washington State.
God Bless Texas. If you kill someone, we will kill you back. That is the way it should be.

HornetSting on November 30, 2009 at 5:47 PM

re: Sarah Palin.
You know its interesting that all the pundits wrote her off on Jul 3rd of this year. As it stands now she is the supreme leader of the GOP Primary Pack.

Amadeus on November 30, 2009 at 5:47 PM

You could have answered the question in the time it took you to post.–Blake on November 30, 2009 at 5:43 PM

And you don’t need to be obnoxious. Fetch your own chew toy.

maverick muse on November 30, 2009 at 5:48 PM

HornetSting on November 30, 2009 at 5:26 PM
I don’t want him in a political office but until he does something stupid on TV I won’t interfere with him making a living. I can’t imagine what it is like to live with this.

Cindy Munford on November 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

I’ve enjoyed watching paint dry more than Huckprah…I avoid Fox on Saturday nights, between Huckprah and Geraldo the Spitter. It’s like a horror show of bad tv.

HornetSting on November 30, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Cindy Munford on November 30, 2009 at 5:29 PM

It does undercut the justice system in that a jury and a judge have heard all the evidence and arguments of counsel and have adjudged the accused as guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and have decided his punishment.

You, as a governor, weren’t there in the courtroom and didn’t participate in all these baseline decisions.

On the other hand, there are cases like I mentioned where the crimes are rather minor, where the recidivism rate is low, and maybe you had a Nifong-type prosecutor or a runaway jury. These cases are rare.

Here, however, none of those conditions were present and, cronyism or not, Huckabee’s gut should’ve known better. A good governor thanks his friends and supporters, profusely, for their input… but then does the right thing regardless.

Not only was his decision flawed politically, it proves up a man of weak character.

TXUS on November 30, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Amadeus on November 30, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Thanksgiving blessing.

maverick muse on November 30, 2009 at 5:49 PM

The surest way to overcome a political disaster is to accept blame, express remorse, and move on…

Not since “plausible deniability” replaced “the buck stops here” in the political lexicon. Spreading it around works at least equally well.

RightOFLeft on November 30, 2009 at 5:50 PM

portlandon on November 30, 2009 at 5:45 PM
HornetSting on November 30, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Indeed, and indeed

Fox is not handling this openly, as they should.

How will this affect Rubio? The kid should subtly distance himself, as soon as this surfaces…next day or two.

Penny for Sarah’s thoughts…in tragic way, angels are on her shoulder.

Btw, those cops might have been in some ‘shady’ deal with the killer…facts might not come out, ever…reported in HA headlines thread of last night, by platypus, who apparently lives in that area.

Schadenfreude on November 30, 2009 at 5:51 PM

…Not only was his decision flawed politically, it proves up a man of weak character.

TXUS on November 30, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Agreed.

maverick muse on November 30, 2009 at 5:51 PM

It’s like a horror show of bad tv.

HornetSting on November 30, 2009 at 5:49 PM

heh!

maverick muse on November 30, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Stange case – the left can’t criticize him too much because they’re mostly on the side of criminals and they wanted him to run, so our side would lose in 2012.

Schadenfreude on November 30, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Second look at Thompson
Jeri Thompson 2012

rhodeymark on November 30, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Huckabee has always disgusted me. Clemency? Pardons for rapists? Mike can get all rapped up in his religious, feel-good nonsense, but his duty as governor was to protect people.

What is it with these guys? Do they ‘kinda-sorta-understand-see-why-they-did-it’? Ask the women who were raped. There is never, and I mean NEVER any reason to pardon someone who preys on those who cannot defend themselves. Rapists and pedophiles need to be locked away forever. They cannot be redeemed. Pardoning these animals may make guys like Huck feel better about himself, but it does society no good at all.

If a man cannot commit himself to protecting the women (and children) of our society, what kind of man is he? Not much of one in my estimation.

Huck for POTUS? NEVER. Absolutely disgusting.

Cody1991 on November 30, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Huckadouche wasn’t granting clemency so much as he was running a jobs program for Legal Aid lawyers. Hey Huck, take that bass axe and shove up your….

Western_Civ on November 30, 2009 at 5:58 PM

You could have answered the question in the time it took you to post.–Blake on November 30, 2009 at 5:43 PM

And you don’t need to be obnoxious. Fetch your own chew toy.

maverick muse on November 30, 2009 at 5:48 PM

The best defense is an offense. Obviously, you can’t back up your assertion. You go fetch. I don’t go on wild goose chases.

Blake on November 30, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Didn’t Huckabee pardon the Devil’s brother?

Maquis on November 30, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Which is worst, resigning from the Governorship in Alaska under an absolute liberal onslaught or pardoning a known felon, who then goes on to kill 4 cops?

milemarker2020 on November 30, 2009 at 6:02 PM

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