Huckabee: Given the same set of facts, sure I’d commute Clemmons’s sentence again

posted at 4:00 pm on December 2, 2009 by Allahpundit

Via the Examiner, his latest musings on the cop-killer case on the day six of Clemmons’s friends and relatives were arrested for aiding and abetting. Note well that he’s not saying he’d grant clemency if he knew then what he knows now; he’s saying he’d grant clemency if he knew now only what he knew then. Which is well and good, but makes me wonder: Does Huck have no misgivings, even today, about his overall record of granting clemencies? If we could send him back in time armed with no specific details about any applicant’s fate but only the general knowledge that a few beneficiaries of his mercy would turn very, very bad upon being freed, would that affect his approach to each case? I’m not sure he has any regrets, although some of his most eloquent and devoted supporters clearly do.

Another thing. At one point in the clip, Huck says Clemmons “wasn’t a violent criminal” at the time. Wasn’t he? He was in for aggravated robbery when Huckabee commuted his sentence and had been sentenced to six years for firearms possession in 1990. Not only was he violent, he was violent in the courtroom:

In 1989, as he was being prosecuted, Clemmons demonstrated violent behavior; he hid a piece of metal in his sock at a pretrial hearing, and before the start of another hearing he grabbed a padlock off his holding cell and threw it at a court bailiff. He missed and instead struck his mother, who had come to bring him clothes.

Did Huck know? If not, would that affect his decision in hindsight?

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technopeasant – and once the LOL letter gets a little further circulation Huck ought to end up in single digits.

JEM on December 2, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Note to Huckabee,

You will never be President of this country. Stick to the HeeHaw TV show format, preach that homespun folksy rap to the neighbors in your set but get off the National stage.

You are through sir.

FireBlogger on December 2, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Hey! No knocking HeeHaw!

tickleddragon on December 2, 2009 at 5:03 PM

The sentence didn’t make since or the crime. What don’t you get? Huckabee looked at it and saw how outrageous the number was and made a decision. Yes, it turned out negatively, but we shouldn’t keep people in jail for crazy amounts of time based on the fact that they could turn around and kill a bunch of people. That sets a bad precedent.

Narutoboy on December 2, 2009 at 4:47 PM

When you use the power to overturn judicial decisions in an excessive manner, as Huck did, it increases the odds these kinds of events will occur. This particular tragedy is evidence of that. If Huck didn’t have a pattern of excessive use of his authority in that regard, I would treat this as a normal risk incurred when violent indiviuals are released. It is a calculated risk and all governors can get burned. But, Huck increased the odds it would happen. I would like to hear his explanation for the excessive numbrer of pardons and commuted sentences in Arkansas, relative to surrounding states.

a capella on December 2, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Huckabee looked at it and saw how outrageous the number was and made a decision. Narutoboy on December 2, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Perhaps Huckabee looked at it and saw how large the number was and assumed it was outrageous.

That’s where you are erring in your logic. Sentences don’t just get thrown around at defendants. The judiciary have sentencing guidelines and levels of appeals for sentencing errors. You don’t know the contents of his predispositional report or his sentencing investigation, nor do you know what was or wasn’t appealed. There are checks and balances all the way around in the criminal courts, giving a very big advantage to the defendant.

Now when you have a governor giving clemency because of a large sentence, perceived to be outrageous, at least be willing to admit that you blew it and should have left the matter in the judiciary where it belonged sans a showing of outrageousness.

Tennman on December 2, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Ace has a new post up on this that will make your heads explode, check it out.

califcon on December 2, 2009 at 5:05 PM

JEM on December 2, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Anything to get in on the “ground level” of a pyramid scheme.

maverick muse on December 2, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Step right up. Place your bets. I’m going to try 1033 attempts at the Roulette Wheel. What are the odds that I hit (pick a loser/winner) paydirt?

Americannodash on December 2, 2009 at 5:07 PM

I have never understood why anyone would vote for this jerk for anything. Has anyone ever heard of one thing to admire about him?

burt on December 2, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Huck obviously hopes to keep his Fox job for life.

notagool on December 2, 2009 at 5:21 PM

I like what Ben Shapiro said yesterday on Rusty Humphries- a governor should never, or almostnever, use the power of clemency. Why should he? What governor knows more than the judge, prosecutor, jury, etc?

TheBlueSite on December 2, 2009 at 5:21 PM

What governor knows more than the judge, prosecutor, jury, etc?

TheBlueSite on December 2, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Right. Because judges, prosecturs, and jurors all do the right thing in every case. They don’t have individual thoughts, biases, and ill-will towards certain people that clouds their judgement. I mean, if a person was bad, he would becoming a judge and claim to support the people, right?

And now, let’s all sing Kumbaya!

Narutoboy on December 2, 2009 at 5:27 PM

annnnnnd this is why there’s racial bias in sentencing.

crr6 on December 2, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Funny, the liberal poster brought up race…I never mentioned race.
You seem to be obsessed with this race thing…tell me where race was mentioned as an issue?
But you won’t…

right2bright on December 2, 2009 at 5:27 PM

*wouldn’t become a judge

Narutoboy on December 2, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Ummm, no. It is against the law to sell firearms to criminals, yes. But a governor has the legal right to do what he did.

Narutoboy on December 2, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Well, you were schooled with your analogy.
Now where did someone say he didn’t have a legal right…just because you have a legal right to do something, doesn’t mean you do it. What a strange defense…it should be used responsibly, in this case, as you pointed out, it is criminal to have done that.
Thank you…

right2bright on December 2, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Narutoboy on December 2, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Do you have an explanation for the number of Huck created pardons and commuted sentences when compared to states around him? Is the Arkansas judicial system that much worse than those other states? Are governors in those other states not as attuned to judicial abuse as was Huck? Or, was he just more compassionate?

a capella on December 2, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Ace has a new post up on this that will make your heads explode, check it out.

califcon on December 2, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Holy Shiite! Those letters from the Prosecutor & Clemmons petition are the nail in Huckabee’s coffin.

On O’reilly Huck said that the Prosecutor had no written concerns on his pardons.

Huck just F’d up. Bigtime.

portlandon on December 2, 2009 at 5:40 PM

TOAST

rjoco1 on December 2, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Ace of spades post on Huckabee and clemency:

http://minx.cc/?post=295376

technopeasant on December 2, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Huck is phucked. He can give up his radio and tv exposure in order to get a leg up in 2012. He’s TOAST!

GarandFan on December 2, 2009 at 6:03 PM

I actually heard him say this. He wasn’t even asked the question. It was kind of like – and another thing, since I am trying to set a record of stupid things to say, let me add one more thing……….
Not only was it stupid to say it, it was arrogant.

JeffinOrlando on December 2, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Burnt toast.

And Fox News needs to give his show’s time slot to Stossel. Stat.

BuckeyeSam on December 2, 2009 at 6:12 PM

If the first thing Clemmons did when he got paroled was to run into a burning convent and save four nuns from burning to death, somehow I think Huckabee would be congratulating himself for his good instincts. So if it goes the other way, Huckabee gets to have some of that credit too. Huckabee is one of the ones who took a chance on this guy, so he gets some of the bad luck that comes along with it.

RBMN on December 2, 2009 at 6:15 PM

How old was Wayne Dumond?

rhodeymark on December 2, 2009 at 6:18 PM

This guy is so historic it is unbelievable. He buried his career and then he throws more dirt in the hole.

echosyst on December 2, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Given that one of the facts is that he is a chowder head Bible thumper trying to earn his way into Heaven with your safety , sure why not do the same dumb thing again ?

borntoraisehogs on December 2, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Clemency issues aside, I have a difficult time thinking how Huckabee was going to win over enough Republican primary voters to win the nomination anyway. He may have (may still?) win Iowa and some southern states but I don’t see how he beats even someone like Pawlenty in a 2 man race. The Huckabee appeal does not stretch as far as someone who is beige and non-threatening.

myrenovations on December 2, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Ya think Clemmons is a Muslim convert?

atheling on December 2, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Just a heads up for all who missed it. I’m gonna get banned soon, OK. It’s coming. Believe me, it’s coming! That’s what happens to any true Bible-believing Christian who tries to uncompromisingly tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. The devil will try to silence you. He is not happy about what you are doing and since he cannot get your soul he will try to ruin your effectiveness for the Lord. If I were the devil, I would hate my goal to present truth and expose error and try to stop it as well! So before the devil does his work, here is a simple guide on how to get banned. Please read Part 2 below for all the details on how to do this.

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 7:03 PM

I said little or nothing about Michelle, Allahpundit, and Ed, over the last year or so. But, I have had enough of their gutter campaign against Huckabee. This latest attempt to gun him down and grab the cash was the last straw. They are taking advantage of the killing of the four police officers and are using it for their political gain and it is morally reprehensible. That is what they are doing. They’re using the commutation of Maurice Clemmons as a political weapon against Mike Huckabee. (Some background and context: Maurice Clemmons was 16 years old when he was charged with burglary and robbery. He was sentenced to a 108 year prison term for his actions as a 16 year old youth. This was an excessively long for a juvenile and the type of crimes he had committed. On the recommendation of the Arkansas Parole Board and the trial judge who also recommended the commutation, Mike Huckabee commuted (reduced) his sentence to 47 years which was a more appropriate sentence for what he did as a minor. This was 10 years ago and there is no blame for Governor Huckabee here at all. Based on the information he was given at the time he was told that a 16 year old youth had reformed himself in jail and was now as a young adult a different human being. So Mike Huckabee did not show negligent judgment in commuting the sentence of Clemmons). Judge Napolitano breaks down legal journey of suspected cop killer. Read Part Three below.

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 7:06 PM

A simple guide on how to get banned.

Arguably, there has not been a more terrible period of darkness at Hot Air or michellemalkin.com than that of Allahpundit, Ed Morrissey, and Michelle Malkin attempting to capitalize on the Clemmons commutation and his bloody execution of four police officers. They have used this horrific tragedy as a political weapon against Mike Huckabee. Once again these people have proven that they will stop at nothing to destroy their opponents. They don’t care if you suffer, if you’re hurt, if you’re falsely accused, if you’re sick, if you’re destroyed. They don’t care what happens to you, or your family, or your children. These are people who won’t listen to their conscience! They’re cruel, sadistic, immoral, people! They are controlled by their egos! Folks, I tried to start out nice, but when they keep doing things like this, then it’s time to start calling them out by name. And that’s what I am doing right now. They have crossed the line of decency. And I am sure that many in conservative media have noticed this up too. I suspect there will be financial repercussions. So folks, let’s set the background music, and adjust the volume, because with this critique the final countdown towards my banishment has begun! However this is not a time to be sad it is a time to CELEBRATE. Soon I will receive my Badge of Honour! *Banned* my badge of honour. You get one of them when you try to “seek first” His kingdom. Romans 8:28 applies here. I am on a crusade — one man crusade if necessary, OK. But I’m gonna die tryin’ to get honesty in our pundits, bloggers, reporters, and radio hosts, and get people to stop being lied to. Like Joseph, Job, and Paul, I will continue to present truth and expose error. They may ban me, but God will be the final Judge (see Hebrews 9:27)! Be ready for that day! Thank you.

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 7:15 PM

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 7:15 PM

God, either shut up, dork, or explain the other 1032 commutations/pardons by the soft-on-crime Huckabee. Be sure to include the commutation of Wayne Dumond, convicted rapist who was able to go on an commit a murder and another rape thanks to Huckabee’s policy of easy clemency.

I mean, after you put down the cross and all …

thirteen28 on December 2, 2009 at 7:20 PM

God, either shut up, dork, or explain (all the crazy talk snipped)

thirteen28 on December 2, 2009 at 7:20 PM

“The LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” (Deuteronomy 5:11).

I mean, after you put down the cross and all …

NEVER!

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 7:25 PM

(all the crazy talk snipped)

Way to run away from the point about all the other commutations/pardons, including that of Dumond, who was able to kill and rape again thanks to Mike Huckabee.

thirteen28 on December 2, 2009 at 7:27 PM

http://www.veteranoutrage.com

Im sorry but the laws for clemancy need to be changed.
You just cant allow any govenor or president to just start
releasing anyone they so desire..

Not without all of the facts..

I watched both sides (republican and democrats) letting every scum bag on the planet walk out of jail free

It made the entire system a friggin joke.

veteranoutrage on December 2, 2009 at 7:28 PM

apacalyps – The Bible is a worthy book, but when it comes to government the document you’re looking for is called the Constitution.

Huckabee doesn’t quite get that. He’s a minister first and an executive second. And consequently he’s not qualified to govern.

JEM on December 2, 2009 at 7:33 PM

If anyone listened to Huckabee’s explanation of this it makes perfect sense. He didn’t commute his sentence he just lowered it. However, once that was done, it caused the parole board to review it and they let him out.

Let’s look at this realistically, this happened 9 years ago, in Arkansas, the press doesn’t want to look at what’s happened since then because it took place in the liberal basttion of Washington State. The press would rather try to redeem Dukakis (via a republican governor) than travel to Democrat heaven in Washington. Regardless, what Dukakis did was resolved within months, we’re talking 9 years here. For over 8 years. Huckabee’s decision didn’t look half bad. (I know I’m sound like liberal trash with that one).

bflat879 on December 2, 2009 at 7:34 PM

rteen28 on December 2, 2009 at 4:18 PM

+1

Sapwolf on December 2, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Way to run away from the point about all the other commutations/pardons, including that of Dumond, who was able to kill and rape again thanks to Mike Huckabee.

thirteen28 on December 2, 2009 at 7:27 PM

I don’t run away. No, the truth is, you reveal just how much of a slimy character you are by creating a diversion intended to distract attention away from the main issue. The main issue is whether or not Mike Huckabee showed negligent judgment in commuting the sentence of a 16 year old youth. The facts show that Huckabee’s judgment is fine. On the other hand, if you think Huckabee did something wrong you are the one with a serious lack of judgment or maybe you are just a liar like the moderators.

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Huckabee doesn’t quite get that. He’s a minister first and an executive second. And consequently he’s not qualified to govern.

JEM on December 2, 2009 at 7:33 PM

Who do you think protects America?

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 7:43 PM

If anyone listened to Huckabee’s explanation of this it makes perfect sense. He didn’t commute his sentence he just lowered it.

bflat879 on December 2, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Which was the proper thing to do under the circumstances at the time. Huckabee did nothing wrong.

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Well, you were schooled with your analogy.Now where did someone say he didn’t have a legal right…just because you have a legal right to do something, doesn’t mean you do it. What a strange defense…it should be used responsibly, in this case, as you pointed out, it is criminal to have done that.Thank you…right2bright on December 2, 2009 at 5:31 PM

You didn\’t school anyone. As a matter of fact, your response to my analogy was illogical and stupid. You didn\’t actually state why Huckabee was liable. You just made some erroneous comparison to a legal act (getting somebody\’s sentence commuted) and an illegal act (selling weapons to criminals). What you basically said was that because people who sell weapons to criminals are liable if they harm someone else, Huckabee should be liable for LEGALLY commuting someone sentence. Yeah, I think you need to work on your logic there. The example I gave was of someone who sells weapons to someone legally and that person goes out and kills someone with that gun.

Narutoboy on December 2, 2009 at 7:59 PM

They may ban me, but God will be the final Judge (see Hebrews 9:27)! Be ready for that day! Thank you.

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Dude, seek help. Banning is not martyrdom, no matter how hard you may wish for it.

TexasDan on December 2, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Those letters at AoS are incredible, and are the perfect example of the hubris/paper thin skin combo that is Mike Huckabee.

You direct your staff to write a snarky, two line response stating that you “LOL” to a thoughtful, concerned letter from a prosecutor regarding your commutations?

I think we have the marquee exhibit for the Museum of Pettyness.

TexasDan on December 2, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Dude, seek help. Banning is not martyrdom, no matter how hard you may wish for it.

TexasDan on December 2, 2009 at 8:00 PM

You have the wrong religion. I am a Christian which means that Jesus died on the cross for me. Not the other way around.

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 8:22 PM

TexasDan on December 2, 2009 at 8:03 PM

You are such a sad little hateful man.

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 8:24 PM

Since the two lying weasel moderators Allahpundit and Ed Morrissey and their boss aren’t going to tell you the truth, I’ll do it.

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano breaks down legal journey of suspected cop killer

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 8:44 PM

Huckabee has two slobs for sons. Absolute slobs. The media was waiting with bated breath to get those two cretins before the cameras should the need arise.
Thankfully, the need will never arise.

Marcus on December 2, 2009 at 9:52 PM

So justice demands that crimes have a set penalty…unless somebody commits so many crimes that he won’t see daylight again, in which case true justice means putting him up for IMMEDIATE PAROLE? More violence means early release? What about Bubba Bo Bob doing 40 years for 1 rape? Should he get out after 11 years?

This is not a guy who was paroled and stayed straight, healing sick puppies until he died rescuing orphans from a train wreck…that might make us cast-iron bastards feel ashamed, a little.

This is a guy who committed violent felonies, suckered a sucker, raped and murdered kids and cops after he was let out, and died facing down a traffic cop. How the hell can anybody suggest it wouldn’t have been OK for him to be alive in prison today? Don’t you regret the damage he did to true redemption and mercy in America? Do you think this bloody spree advanced the cause of Christ in this country?

Chris_Balsz on December 2, 2009 at 10:14 PM

Two things before I go Allahpundit, Ed, Michelle. Have you ever had a hit-job where you were like a duck out of water? When and what was it? No wait. Let me tell you! Answer: It was when you attacked Mike Huckabee for commuting a 16 year old minor and 4 police officers died.

Here’s my point. Huckabee had a lot of support from FOX when it came to this tragedy. A lot of people came to his defense. You didn’t have that support. They never jumped on your bandwagon. They didn’t buy what you were selling. People didn’t like your story. All you had were a few liberal videos from the Controlled News Network (CNN) and a wacked out Olbermann accusing Huckabee of murderer, blah, blah, y’know, the kinda things you expect the left to say. You didn’t have much support from the right or FOX.

I told you this would happen. I told you the Republican elite would not wage another propaganda war on Huckabee. See, last election they were exposed as liars and frauds. They dare not do what they did to Huckabee again. Are you kidding. To do so means they lose the support of millions of everyday Americans living in medium to small towns who make this country what it is and they can’t affort that! The tide is turning, lol. More and more people are liking Mike Huckabee and that means less people like you. You were punk’d in 2008. And you were punk’d now. Thank you.

PS — Oh, yeah, the other thing: You need to come to a place where you don’t care if you’re wrong. You wanna know the truth. That will be my prayer for you. Bye. Bye.

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 10:14 PM

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 10:14 PM

Bye.

LibTired on December 2, 2009 at 10:19 PM

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 7:15 PM

I’m not a betting guy, but I’d wager you will not be banned for the drivel you’re spouting here. Laughed at, sure. Banned? Nah.

You have the wrong religion. I am a Christian which means that Jesus died on the cross for me. Not the other way around.

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Er, how did Peter and Paul (among many others) die?

Huck’s toast, and not the kind with a messianic image burned into it.

cs89 on December 2, 2009 at 10:23 PM

Bye. Bye.

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 10:14 PM

Needs to be banned so bad he’s self imposed it.

Okay!

BTW, martyrdom doesn’t refer to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and I’m a Christian, too. You, I believe, predicted Huckabee’s ascention to the presidency as a matter of prophecy, and I imagine that’s not fun to live down.

TexasDan on December 2, 2009 at 10:27 PM

You have the wrong religion. I am a Christian which means that Jesus died on the cross for me. Not the other way around.

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Er, how did Peter and Paul (among many others) die?

cs89 on December 2, 2009 at 10:23 PM

I really was leaving, but stopped back in to clean up this mess you left. You missed my point you self-righteous twit. I was talking about about Islam (the concept of martyrdom in Islam) not being the same as Christianity. While Christianity is meant to free people, Islam is meant to enslave it’s followers.

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 11:34 PM

BTW, martyrdom doesn’t refer to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and I’m a Christian, too.

TexasDan on December 2, 2009 at 10:27 PM

Read my answer above. And just because you say you are a Christian does not mean you are one. I’d be very curious to know more about the lifestyle you lead before I came to any conclusions about that. But, I love and care about you and do hope you find everlasting life (John 14:21). Thank you.

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 11:43 PM

Bye.

LibTired on December 2, 2009 at 10:19 PM

Ciao.

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 11:44 PM

I was talking about about Islam (the concept of martyrdom in Islam) not being the same as Christianity. While Christianity is meant to free people, Islam is meant to enslave it’s followers.

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 11:34 PM

Hahaha.

Got caught, changing the subject to deflect.

Where did you mention Islam by name? Where did you refer to any Islamic practices?

The only “mess” I see here is you flailing about trying to protect Huck, in his currently indefensible position on the clemency issue.

Still aren’t banned, either, are you? Maybe the moderators know a little more about grace and freedom than you do.

cs89 on December 2, 2009 at 11:50 PM

I said little or nothing about Michelle, Allahpundit, and Ed, over the last year or so. But, I have had enough of their gutter campaign against Huckabee.
apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Your honestly a mental case but I love you anyway, now F^^ckoff.
The so called gutter campaign you allude to has not been waged by Ed allah and michelle and in fact Allah has defended him many many times much to my chagrin right here on Hotair.
The so called hatred for Huck on hotair was generated for two reasons. The blatant anti-mormon bigotry displayed by his supporters and his ass kissing of John Mccain in the primarys.
I live and work in arkansas and I am here to tell you the huck could not even carry Arknasas in a republican primary. He could carry it in a straight up presidental election against Obama but who the f&&ck couldn’t.
My guess is you are his fat assed cat burning perverted son.
STFU

kangjie on December 3, 2009 at 12:03 AM

Keep digging Huck. You will never get my vote.

Dollayo on December 3, 2009 at 1:35 AM

Since the two lying weasel moderators Allahpundit and Ed Morrissey and their boss aren’t going to tell you the truth, I’ll do it.

VIDEO: Judge Napolitano breaks down legal journey of suspected cop killer

apacalyps on December 2, 2009 at 8:44 PM

“he was a young man, a different human being from the one who killed the cops the other day”—Judge Napolitano

Oh yeah, “that was a different human being”, that explains things, it’s not the same guy! Thanks for posting that.

Let us now put this behind us and elect President the guy who’s only crime is passing the buck on justice and putting his trust in the parole board of a very blue state.

Dollayo on December 3, 2009 at 2:03 AM

God, either shut up, dork, or explain the other 1032 commutations/pardons by the soft-on-crime Huckabee. Be sure to include the commutation of Wayne Dumond, convicted rapist who was able to go on an commit a murder and another rape thanks to Huckabee’s policy of easy clemency.

I mean, after you put down the cross and all …

thirteen28 on December 2, 2009 at 7:20 PM

More lies. Jim Guy Tucker(D) commuted the sentence of Dumond, making him eligible for parole. Huckabee DENIED clemency to Dumond, as he did for 92% of requests for clemency.

ceruleanblue on December 3, 2009 at 2:40 AM

The so called hatred for Huck on hotair was generated for two reasons. The blatant anti-mormon bigotry displayed by his supporters and his ass kissing of John Mccain in the primarys.
I live and work in arkansas and I am here to tell you the huck could not even carry Arknasas in a republican primary. He could carry it in a straight up presidental election against Obama but who the f&&ck couldn’t.

kangjie on December 3, 2009 at 12:03 AM

Where is the evidence of this anti mormon bigotry you’re speaking of? And why blame Huckabee for what you claim his supporters did?

Huckabee was reverential to McCain out of respect for a man who had dedicated his life to serving his country. If you paid attention to the primaries Huckabee had a myriad of disagreements with McCain, but always remained respectful, as he also did with Ron Paul.

Huckabee won the Arkansas primary with 60%…and that was with Romney still in the race. I have no doubt he will carry it with ease in 2012.

ceruleanblue on December 3, 2009 at 2:50 AM

I agree with apacalyps in some respects. Rush, Malkin, and many other conservative bloggers are just as sloppy in their reporting as the drive-by media. They were way off base on this Huckabee issue, but were ready to believe the slander because it fit their template of hatred.

ceruleanblue on December 3, 2009 at 2:53 AM

Huckatrolls notwithstanding, this guy is toast. But that won’t keep him out of the next presidential race, no matter what harm it might do to a real candidate. He knows this is the closest he can ever get to glory and he’s not going to be denied his share of the limelight.

SKYFOX on December 3, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Politicians will never admit to making a mistake. Ever.

Kissmygrits on December 3, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Huckabee you are a fool, aren’t you? What a sanctimonious ass!

Hobbes on December 3, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Where is the evidence of this anti mormon bigotry you’re speaking of? And why blame Huckabee for what you claim his supporters did?

Huckabee was reverential to McCain out of respect for a man who had dedicated his life to serving his country. If you paid attention to the primaries Huckabee had a myriad of disagreements with McCain, but always remained respectful, as he also did with Ron Paul.

Huckabee won the Arkansas primary with 60%…and that was with Romney still in the race. I have no doubt he will carry it with ease in 2012.

ceruleanblue on December 3, 2009 at 2:50 AM

Were you awake during the last campaign? Huckabee blasted Romney any way he could, including his religion!

Hobbes on December 3, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Were you awake during the last campaign? Huckabee blasted Romney any way he could, including his religion!Hobbes on December 3, 2009 at 10:25 AM

It just didn\’t happen, man! Huckabee asked 1 question to a religion reporter when they were talking about the LDS faith- this question was conflated by Beck and the Mormon ADL to be the next Crusade. The media trumped up the faith issue, and you bought right into it. You\’ll never consider that people rejected Romney because of his record and in-authenticity. And you\’ll never forgive Huckabee for taking out your golden-boy, Romney, after bringing to light his faux- conservative record.

ceruleanblue on December 3, 2009 at 10:54 AM

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