Huckabee’s 2012 Chances Went Away In Lakewood, WA This Weekend
Scratch one possible contender for 2012, even if the realization hasn’t sunk into the Fox News show host.
For those who have been out of contact for the last few days, let me summarize. On Sunday morning, a man named Maurice Clemmons allegedly walked into a coffee shop in Lakewood, WA (a “bedroom community” of Tacoma, which is just south of Seattle), and shot four uniformed Lakewood PD officers, killing all four. Around 2:45 am this morning, Seattle PD caught up with Clemmons and a firefight ensued, with Clemmons being fatally wounded.
Huckabee’s problem begins back in 2000, when he commuted Clemmon’s then-108-year sentence to one which made him eligible for parole immediately. Now that it’s blown up in his face, The Huckster seems to be wanting to shift the blame onto others:
Should he be found to be responsible for this horrible tragedy, it will be the result of a series of failures in the criminal justice system in both Arkansas and Washington State.
Excuse me, Governor, the first “failure” was yours. Had you not commuted Clemmons’ sentence, the Parole Board wouldn’t have considered him for parole for many years. It was you, Governor, who started the ball rolling, you can hardly blame others for not stopping it, especially as your commutation made it clear that you, the chief executive of the State of Arkansas at the time, felt the man was ready to re-enter society.
These weasel-words bring to mind President Obama’s repeatedly blaming others (most commonly George W. Bush) for his problems, despite the fact that Obama himself has been culpable in making many of these problems worse. President Truman (a Democrat) famously had a sign on his desk that said, “The buck stops here.” Huckabee’s and Obama’s would presumably say, “The buck stops somewhere else.” This is not what Republicans want to see in a President or would-be President.
Add in the fact that this isn’t the first of Huckabee’s commutations to go horribly wrong, and you can pretty much stick a fork in The Huckster now, because he’s done. His GOP primary opponents will remind voters of this at the appropriate time, and The Huckster will be stuck on Fox News.