Romney on Huckabee: Unlike some people, I never pardoned anyone

posted at 3:30 pm on December 4, 2009 by Allahpundit

An end o’ the week coup de grace for Huck from his archnemesis. Mitt does defend him, kinda sorta, by noting that Huck said he wouldn’t have commuted Clemmons’s sentence if he knew then what he knows now. But c’mon. Of course he wouldn’t have commuted it knowing that Clemmons would end up killing cops. The question is whether he was right to have commuted it at the time based on the facts available. Huck says yes; Mitt, based on the narrow clemency policy he lays out here, implicitly says no way. In fact, his emphasis on using guidelines so that he wasn’t “swung by, you know, personal impressions of people” is especially stinging given the perennial accusations that Huckabee was a sucker for religious appeals. Pretty harsh:

My conclusion was, if somebody has been convicted by a jury of their peers, and they’ve been prosecuted and the police were able to get the evidence necessary to put them behind bars, why in the world would I step in and reverse that sentence?

King asks the perfect follow-up question: If that’s the policy, why have pardon guidelines at all? Just rubber-stamp every jury sentence and be done with it. Romney’s answer is that you need executive discretion for cases of prosecutorial misconduct or exonerating evidence that comes to light later — but that’s really not true. Both of those issues can be, and often are, raised on appeal. Granted, the governor can move faster than an appellate court, but if Mitt’s willing to defer to the judicial process at the jury level, in theory he should be willing to defer to it all the way. If you believe the system works, let it work. The irony of Huckabee’s position is that he’s correct on the theory of executive clemency — i.e. it’s a check on the judiciary to remedy perceived miscarriages of justice — but he can’t quite accept that the executive is, or should be, checked himself by the potential backlash among voters if he abuses the clemency power. He handed out hundreds of pardons and commutations, then acts mystified when he’s blamed for helping scum like Clemmons go free. Too bad.

Update: Commenters remind me that if Huckabee’s gone too far with clemencies, Mitt may not have gone far enough.



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Romneycare. Guilty as charged! Life!

Caper29 on December 4, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Cat Fight.

Geochelone on December 4, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Huck LOL’d and hope Mitt comes to grip with is caffeine addiction.

lorien1973 on December 4, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Huck. The new Dangerfield.

Fletch54 on December 4, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Romney looks good, when compared to the rest of the clowns in the GOP this week.

Vashta.Nerada on December 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM

ROMNEYCARE = OBAMACARE

nuff’ said

SDarchitect on December 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM

You don’t have to be a Romney fan (and I’m not) to see that this is just desserts being served to Huckabee. Sweet.

thirteen28 on December 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/01/02/mass_pardon_case_at_center_of_gop_storm/

Sums up all you need to know about Mitt and the pardon power, and how he chose not to wield it in a case where he could have done some justice, but chose not to so it would help him when he ran for a higher office.

Not one of Mitt’s finest moments.

Proud Rino on December 4, 2009 at 3:35 PM

“Also, I think I should point out that my name doesn’t rhyme with Suckabee,” Romney added.

Cicero43 on December 4, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Not one of Mitt’s finest moments.

Proud Rino on December 4, 2009 at 3:35 PM

No joke.

lorien1973 on December 4, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Good ol’ Mitt — his pardons won’t kill ya, but his health care system might.

red winger on December 4, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Ouch!!!! Huckabee target acquired….fire when ready…

Payback will last for years…..

dec5 on December 4, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Mittens going in for the kill.

Decider on December 4, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Romney on Huckabee Palin: Unlike some people, I never pardoned birthered anyone

Sorry…had to go there! :-D

SouthernGent on December 4, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Toast on toast.

mankai on December 4, 2009 at 3:39 PM

The comedy duo of the GOP: Huck and Mitt.

Get ready for the duo in 2012. They’ll cancel each other out.

cubachi on December 4, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Doesn’t Mitt believe Huckabigot and Clemmons are brothers .

borntoraisehogs on December 4, 2009 at 3:39 PM

I don’t understand what people see in Romney and he looks terrible.

promachus on December 4, 2009 at 3:39 PM

I am not a Huckabee fan.

But, giving a 16 year old a 92 year sentence for theft, not armed, not rape, not attempted murder, not murder, seems a bit much to me too. Huckabee reduced the sentence which also included parole. When he re-offended they failed to put him back in jail and he fled the State.

If Huckabee didn’t have National ambitions, the Arkansas headline would ready “Huckabee chases scum out of town – Now he is Washington’s problem and good riddance”

barnone on December 4, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Proud Rino on December 4, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Agreed. The executive power to pardon should be used sparingly, but in Mitt’s case it looks like he is afraid to take any stand when its the right thing to do…because its too much of a political risk.

SDarchitect on December 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM
Yes, Obamacare, RomneyCare…blah blah blah…I agree that its an issue, but can we stay on topic instead of chasing every squirrel?

Conservative Voice on December 4, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Far out. Like the Anglo-Saxons (Huckster) fighting off a viking army north (Mitt) and getting tuckered out, right before William the Conqueror (Sarah) lands in England.

Cuda! Cuda! Cuda!

(and don’t forget tomorrow’s Florida/Alabama game tomorrow – Thread?)

Sapwolf on December 4, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Mittens should have said “Unlike some people, I never pardoned anyone” and “Unlike some people, I have never been a Birther”. He would have gotten a 2-fer. Republicans love ridicule. This would have put him at the top of the next Republican poll after Rush Limbaugh. Nobody can out-ridicule the Master.

Decider on December 4, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Mitt,

Always caught with his finger in the wind.

Sapwolf on December 4, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Mittens going in for the kill.

Decider on December 4, 2009 at 3:39 PM

He couldn’t even take down the rabbit or varmint he claimed to have shot.

Did Huckabee encourage/force his unmarried sister to have an abortion in order to protect his political future?

maverick muse on December 4, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Sapwolf on December 4, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Who plays Tostig in all of this?

Cicero43 on December 4, 2009 at 3:42 PM

I’d sure sleep a lot better with Romney in charge of this country. There are maybe two or three others if feel that way about, and Huckabee sure isn’t one of them.

eaglesdontflock on December 4, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Both Mitt and Huck are done, with no chance at the top prize.

Rebar on December 4, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Good ol’ Mitt — his pardons won’t kill ya, but his health care system might.

red winger on December 4, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Good point.

Even though I think Huckabee’s clemency decision was just awful and that it should prevent him from seeking any national office; RomneyCare is even worse.

Why on earth would any Republican vote for a candidate whose signature issue as governor was government run healthcare?

Norwegian on December 4, 2009 at 3:44 PM

I don’t understand what people see in Romney and he looks terrible.

promachus on December 4, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Generally speaking, I find him to be a very handsome man. But in this interview, not so much. He looks tired and kind of like the painting in the attic has stopped aging for him.

myrenovations on December 4, 2009 at 3:44 PM

So I guess “Second look at Huck?” is not the exit question today.

BigD on December 4, 2009 at 3:45 PM

And Romney gets a headline post! How many days/weeks has it been, anyway?

I almost think he’s irrelevant….

cs89 on December 4, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Mitt,

Always caught with his finger in the wind.

Sapwolf on December 4, 2009 at 3:41 PM

He can sit on his thumb, and pull out a plumb, and say “What a big boy am I.”

No way pitting Mitt vs. Putin.

maverick muse on December 4, 2009 at 3:46 PM

maverick muse on December 4, 2009 at 3:42 PM

really, wow…and you have proof that he forced because it would effect his political future…in MA of all places…right.

Conservative Voice on December 4, 2009 at 3:46 PM

“Unlike some people, I never did anything worthwhile as Governor.” – Romneycare’s creator, Mittens.

Enoxo on December 4, 2009 at 3:47 PM

With Palin, Huck, and Mittens the GOP should just run candidate “Generic”. “Generic” will certainly win the GOP primary.

Decider on December 4, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Proud Rino on December 4, 2009 at 3:35 PM

OK, so Romney wouldn’t expunge a felony record so a citizen (admittedly a decorated veteran who the article states has “moved on” from the decision) couldn’t get a gun and, therefore, a certain job.

Huckabee commutes the sentence of some pig who goes on to rape children and murder cops.

Yeah — that’s an excellent implied comparison.

D2Boston on December 4, 2009 at 3:48 PM

The Huck trolls are out today

Conservative Voice on December 4, 2009 at 3:48 PM

The irony of Huckabee’s position is that he’s correct on the theory of executive clemency — i.e. it’s a check on the judiciary to remedy perceived miscarriages of justice — but he can’t quite accept that the executive is, or should be, checked himself by the potential backlash among voters if he abuses the clemency power.

Nice.

Spirit of 1776 on December 4, 2009 at 3:48 PM

And Romney gets a headline post! How many days/weeks has it been, anyway?

I almost think he’s irrelevant….

cs89 on December 4, 2009 at 3:46 PM

The last Romney Headline Post was a few weeks ago, which pointed out that Romney’s favorable rating among Republicans were in the toilet.

Norwegian on December 4, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!

The Ugly American on December 4, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Norwegian on December 4, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Compound that statism with his promise to incorporate the industrial complex within the government in his last potus stand to promise jobs in Michigan.

Mitt’s interests share too much in common with Bernanke and Geithner.

maverick muse on December 4, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Romney sucks. Huckabee sucks. Palin might be a birther.

I sip my vodka, take a drag off my smoke, and put the muzzle of the pistol back under my chin where it belongs.

MadisonConservative on December 4, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Romney 2012 – nuff said

hanzblinx on December 4, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Looks like Romney would have approved Bush’s view on Libby.

Spirit of 1776 on December 4, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Yeah — that’s an excellent implied comparison.

D2Boston on December 4, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Except I didn’t imply that. Epic reading fail.

Proud Rino on December 4, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Update: Commenters remind me that if Huckabee’s gone too far with clemencies, Mitt may not have gone far enough.

Well, then, allow me to retort. Exactly how many people are dead because of Mitt Romney’s non-pardons?

Jorge Bonilla on December 4, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Romney 2012 – nuff said

hanzblinx on December 4, 2009 at 3:53 PM

The damn Mayans were right after all!

mankai on December 4, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Well, then, allow me to retort. Exactly how many people are dead because of Mitt Romney’s non-pardons?

Jorge Bonilla on December 4, 2009 at 3:56 PM

How many people are dead because of his socialized medicine?

MadisonConservative on December 4, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Cheap shot by Romney.

Is he still wearing magic underwear?

JimAK on December 4, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Exactly how many people are dead because of Mitt Romney’s non-pardons HEALTH CARE PLAN?

Jorge Bonilla on December 4, 2009 at 3:56 PM

The better question.

mankai on December 4, 2009 at 3:57 PM

If (heaven help us) either of these lightweights makes a serious run at the nomination, he is going to most likely need the endorsement of the other as the field may be crowded.

mankai on December 4, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Mitt is one smart cookie.

terryannonline on December 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Man, i hope *some* decent GOP candidate starts stirring, cause the current crop is all used up, and not one among them is viable as a winning candidate, imo.

Huck
Mitt
Sarah

Nope.

Midas on December 4, 2009 at 4:01 PM

mankai on December 4, 2009 at 3:57 PM

MadisonConservative on December 4, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Don’t get me wrong, Mitt and Huck both suck. A pox on both their houses. But this is a clemency thread.

Dick ’12!

Jorge Bonilla on December 4, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Mitt is one smart cookie.

terryannonline on December 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cookies Crumble.

portlandon on December 4, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Cheap shot by Romney.

Is he still wearing magic underwear?

JimAK on December 4, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Hey, what’s up, Kettle? It’s me, Pot. How’s it going? Listen, I have something to tell you. Do you want to guess what it is?

Proud Rino on December 4, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Not one of Mitt’s finest moments.

Proud Rino on December 4, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Maybe his guidelines were too strict, but there’s nothing in that story that indicates Romney refused the pardon on political grounds. There wasn’t any prosecutorial misconduct or exonerating evidence in the case. Circosta is subject to the same laws as everybody else.

RightOFLeft on December 4, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Just curious, what are Huck and Mitt like on gun control/2nd amendment issues?

bitsy on December 4, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Romney sucks. Huckabee sucks. Palin might be a birther.

I sip my vodka, take a drag off my smoke, and put the muzzle of the pistol back under my chin where it belongs.

MadisonConservative on December 4, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Heh. I think we will be just fine if we can take back Congress, that is what is important. It won’t matter all that much if we have a President Romney or Palin or whoever.

terryannonline on December 4, 2009 at 4:03 PM

I am not a Huckabee fan.

But, giving a 16 year old a 92 year sentence for theft, not armed, not rape, not attempted murder, not murder, seems a bit much to me too. Huckabee reduced the sentence which also included parole. When he re-offended they failed to put him back in jail and he fled the State.

If Huckabee didn’t have National ambitions, the Arkansas headline would ready “Huckabee chases scum out of town – Now he is Washington’s problem and good riddance”

barnone on December 4, 2009 at 3:40 PM

JEEBUS HUCKING CHRIST!! As has been reported on Hot Air HERE with this link from the Arkansas Times embedded in it detailing this animal’s VIOLENT criminal past, Clemmons was not some poor waif caught up for mere theft who was being too harshly punished. He earned every bit of his sentence and to be repeating the “it was just theft” meme in order to give Huckabee some coverage is willful ignorance at best.

Dukeboy01 on December 4, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Yessir. We love us some Romney in Dixie. When we first saw him, we thought Lyle Waggoner was trying to make a comeback. And as a politician, Huck makes a fine talk show host.

kingsjester on December 4, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Update: Commenters remind me that if Huckabee’s gone too far with clemencies, Mitt may not have gone far enough.

Hey, Huck fans… that article hardly helps.

The guy doesn’t care and Romney’s point from 2008 about Huck’s 1033 pardons is suddenly very relevant. I don’t like either one, but this is not a good fight for Huck.

mankai on December 4, 2009 at 4:04 PM

The last Romney Headline Post was a few weeks ago, which pointed out that Romney’s favorable rating among Republicans were in the toilet.

Norwegian on December 4, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Romney is an opportunist vulcher. He lays low and feeds on the carcass.

portlandon on December 4, 2009 at 4:05 PM

ROMNEYCARE = OBAMACARE

nuff’ said

SDarchitect on December 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Not necessarily. Romney can still redeem himself by saying, “Yes, been there, done that, and it doesn’t work. I definitely do not want that for our country.”

But I don’t understand why Romney decided to unload on Huckabee. I don’t think Huckabee was going to be his greatest challenger. Mitt needs to back away from this.

Oink on December 4, 2009 at 4:06 PM

The problems in this nation are systemic and will not be fixed by replacing one monarch with another.

Conservatism must be restored over the long haul, by the spread of ideas and the strengthening of institutions. It also has everything to do with one’s own personal life.

Would Huck/Palin/Romney slow the advance of American Marxism? Sure, but as long as enough people are led like sheep to the Socialist slaughter, nothing significant will change.

I happen to agree with MadisonConservative on this one, except for pointing the pistol under my chin. It’s better to go down fighting. (All figuratively speaking, of course.)

cackcon on December 4, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Maybe his guidelines were too strict, but there’s nothing in that story that indicates Romney refused the pardon on political grounds. There wasn’t any prosecutorial misconduct or exonerating evidence in the case. Circosta is subject to the same laws as everybody else.

RightOFLeft on December 4, 2009 at 4:03 PM

I’m not saying he was being inconsistent with his guidelines, I’m saying he was wrong in having such strict guidelines, and I think he had those guidelines so he could use them as a political tool. You know, kind of like exactly what he’s doing right now.

Proud Rino on December 4, 2009 at 4:07 PM

The creator of RomneyCare needs a big steaming mug of STFU. Neither he nor Huckabee deserves to get anywhere near the 2012 GOP nomination.

OhioCoastie on December 4, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Cheap shot by Romney.

Is he still wearing magic underwear?

JimAK on December 4, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Is that you Huck?

portlandon on December 4, 2009 at 4:07 PM

let them pick at each other while SARAHCUDA swims right past the both of them straight into the white house!!!

YES!!!!

Ghoul aid on December 4, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Conservative Voice on December 4, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Are you doubting the veracity that Mitt’s unmarried sister was pressured by her family into a hush-hush abortion?

As if mainstream family value Americans wouldn’t be offended that the wealthy George Romney family that professes spirit bodies come to earth as humans couldn’t find it in their hearts to welcome that baby’s birth and love that child from God?

The Romney history with abortion would explain why Mitt would enter the political arena “in MA of all places, right?”

maverick muse on December 4, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Am I going crazy, or the the Mitt 10-point program post disappear?

PattyJ on December 4, 2009 at 4:11 PM

“Unlike some people, I was born in the United States.”

Akzed on December 4, 2009 at 4:12 PM

MadisonConservative on December 4, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Merry Christmas 2009! /There’s plenty Pawlenty.

maverick muse on December 4, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Romney does have this tendency to stick the knife in when he doesn’t have to. If you remember some of his negative ads, he can be very nasty. More so than he needs to be. I don’t know if that’s good or bad in a President of the United States, but it’s generally bad in a next door neighbor.

RBMN on December 4, 2009 at 4:13 PM

In this thread:

Butt-Hurt Huckabee and Palin fans are getting ugly against Mitt.

PrezHussein on December 4, 2009 at 4:14 PM

I’m not saying he was being inconsistent with his guidelines, I’m saying he was wrong in having such strict guidelines, and I think he had those guidelines so he could use them as a political tool. You know, kind of like exactly what he’s doing right now.

Proud Rino on December 4, 2009 at 4:07 PM

On what basis? Raw cynicism? I think his guidelines are well-justified, especially in light of the disastrous results of Huckabee’s non-policy.

RightOFLeft on December 4, 2009 at 4:14 PM

cat fight in the GOP.. of much more lasting interest and importance than this pervert running the education dept.

gatorboy on December 4, 2009 at 4:14 PM

How do you like them apples, schmuckabee!

David in ATL on December 4, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Is he still wearing magic underwear?

JimAK on December 4, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Huck has just put out a press release. He claims he goes commando full-time.

Cicero43 on December 4, 2009 at 4:15 PM

On what basis? Raw cynicism? I think his guidelines are well-justified, especially in light of the disastrous results of Huckabee’s non-policy.

RightOFLeft on December 4, 2009 at 4:14 PM

This may sound crazy, but I think there may be some middle ground between Huckabee and Romney on this one.

The pardon power is a discretionary one, and it reflects the judgment of the office holder. Huckabee’s shown his lack of judgment, and Romney showed his unwillingness to have any judgment at all. I like Romney and I like him infinitely more than I like Huckabee, but I’m not going to pretend the guy is all Beer and Skittles, because he’s not.

Proud Rino on December 4, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Mitt is so much brighter than all the rest.

WyoMike on December 4, 2009 at 4:20 PM

No, Mittens, you just put illegals to work on your house.

bluelightbrigade on December 4, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Not to “pardon” Huckabee’s decision here, but it was certainly more nuanced than many wish to observe.

The clemency decision only made the inmate parole-eligible. It was the parole commission which set him free, well before the full time for his commuted sentence would have expired (in something like 2030?).

At best, this fact would lessen the blame for Huck. I’m not sure it does, in light of the overall pattern he seems to have established during his tenure. At the very least, though, I hope the people of Arkansas are taking a second look at their criminal justice system to determine whether it’s worthwile to build more prisons and extend parole less frequently.

But I suppose I’m supposed to have some comment to the effect of “Go Huck!” or “Go Mitt!” or “Go Palin!” Sorry, we’re not talking sports teams here. We’re talking about matters of public policy which are much bigger than any politician’s personality.

cackcon on December 4, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Romney on Huckabee Palin: Unlike some people, I never pardoned birthered anyone

Sorry…had to go there! :-D

SouthernGent on December 4, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Oh, god, please not in this thread lol!

bluelightbrigade on December 4, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Romney looks good, when compared to the rest of the clowns in the GOP this week.

Vashta.Nerada on December 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Yeah, especially if you are one of those Romneycare “conservatives” who think the role of the opposition is to offer ‘smarter socialism.’

sheesh

james23 on December 4, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Mitt is so much brighter than all the rest.

WyoMike on December 4, 2009 at 4:20 PM

If by brighter, you mean shinier, then I agree.

BPD on December 4, 2009 at 4:23 PM

ROMNEYCARE = OBAMACARE

nuff’ said

SDarchitect on December 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Not necessarily. Romney can still redeem himself by saying, “Yes, been there, done that, and it doesn’t work. I definitely do not want that for our country.” –Oink @ 4:06

Romney’s so-called claim to fame is being an economic genius. But RomneyCare proves he isn’t. Like many front men, he knows how to trade for profit. That is NOT the same as being a far-sighted economist like Milton Friedman. And Romney could have mentored under Friedman if he’d chosen to. He didn’t.

/By that been there done that logic, though he did the opposite, Huck could have tried the line himself. It’s pathetic, either way.

maverick muse on December 4, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Mitt is so much brighter than all the rest.

WyoMike on December 4, 2009 at 4:20 PM

I agree. His hair reflects light like nobody’s business.

MadisonConservative on December 4, 2009 at 4:27 PM

has anyone figured out where Mitt’s secret bunker is? He hasn’t been seen since the healthcare debate started.

james23 on December 4, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Romney is an opportunist vulcher. He lays low and feeds on the carcass.

portlandon on December 4, 2009 at 4:05 PM

He does hide out, like during the rev up toward TARP. Where was the “economic genius” Romney when the crisis was happening? Playing stay at home mom? Certainly not out in the public, and not seen advising anyone in Washington.

maverick muse on December 4, 2009 at 4:29 PM

If that’s the policy, why have pardon guidelines at all? Just rubber-stamp every jury sentence and be done with it. Romney’s answer is that you need executive discretion for cases of prosecutorial misconduct or exonerating evidence that comes to light later — but that’s really not true. Both of those issues can be, and often are, raised on appeal. Granted, the governor can move faster than an appellate court, but if Mitt’s willing to defer to the judicial process at the jury level, in theory he should be willing to defer to it all the way.

If the appeals process were too slow, then they could always parole the guy while they sorted through the new evidence.

The only real situation where an executive pardon could be justified is when the case is a political railroad; like the Duke lacross rape fiasco. Bush (finally) did the right thing in the Compean and Ramos border shooting. Reagan pardoned Miller and Felt (Weather Underground terrorism investigators) very early in his first term.

If Romney didn’t have the guts to help a vet get a gun permit, what are the odds he’d go out on a limb for a REAL political risk?

Don’t get me wrong; if somebody held a gun to my head and told me the only choice I have is either a politician who hands out pardons like party favors, or one who claims he doesn’t understand the concept at all, I suppose I would settle for the second one.

But that begs the bigger question: Why in Hell are we even chosing between a giant douchebag and a turd sandwich in the first place?

logis on December 4, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Romney is an opportunist vulcher. He lays low and feeds on the carcass.

portlandon on December 4, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Heh. Vulture, bud. Vulture.

MadisonConservative on December 4, 2009 at 4:32 PM

This may sound crazy, but I think there may be some middle ground between Huckabee and Romney on this one.

The pardon power is a discretionary one, and it reflects the judgment of the office holder. Huckabee’s shown his lack of judgment, and Romney showed his unwillingness to have any judgment at all. I like Romney and I like him infinitely more than I like Huckabee, but I’m not going to pretend the guy is all Beer and Skittles, because he’s not.

Proud Rino on December 4, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Duly noted. I’m sure we’ll get a chance to revisit this as the Republican primary gets closer.

RightOFLeft on December 4, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Mitt is one smart cookie.

terryannonline on December 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Well now, this does put the Palin trolling of the past 24 hrs into context, doesn’t it?

james23 on December 4, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Proud Rino on December 4, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Really? The only other point you make in your insipid post is that somehow Romney was calculating a perfect score when it came to commutations and pardons to stick on his resume for when he ran for higher office at a later date. Apparently you and the former Governor of Arkansas are of the Miss Cleo school of reading comprehension and could see into Mitt’s mind… Your point is baseless — read the article you linked to, idiot:

Huckabee’s point is clear: Romney is so hardhearted and politically calculating that he would deny a deserving veteran a chance to improve his life just because “he wanted to brag that he never, ever gave out a pardon” when he ran for president.

You’re simply parroting fatso’s hypothesis with no knowledge of Romney’s intent at the time of the incident — talk about epic reading fail.

D2Boston on December 4, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Are people seriously upset by this??

Must be a slow news day.

Dr B on December 4, 2009 at 4:33 PM

“Unlike some people, I was born in the United States.”

Akzed on December 4, 2009 at 4:12 PM

bwahahahahaha

maverick muse on December 4, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Heh. Vulture, bud. Vulture.

MadisonConservative on December 4, 2009 at 4:32 PM

LOL. Vulture. Thanks Mad.

portlandon on December 4, 2009 at 4:35 PM

RBMN on December 4, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Instead of carving dead carcass, he should take up acupuncture and get to the productive point. But if he has a nasty streak, he’d put the needle in your eye and call it good.

maverick muse on December 4, 2009 at 4:36 PM

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/01/02/mass_pardon_case_at_center_of_gop_storm/

Sums up all you need to know about Mitt and the pardon power, and how he chose not to wield it in a case where he could have done some justice, but chose not to so it would help him when he ran for a higher office.

Not one of Mitt’s finest moments.

Proud Rino on December 4, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Update: Commenters remind me that if Huckabee’s gone too far with clemencies, Mitt may not have gone far enough.

Remember when your parents said your actions have consequences? Well, the consequence of shooting somebody is that you don’t get to have a gun. Even at 13, I knew shooting somebody was not smart. My question, is how did a convicted violent felon get into the Military?

uknowmorethanme on December 4, 2009 at 4:38 PM

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