Informal poll: Are Mike Huckabee’s 2012 presidential ambitions now DOA?

Posted by: ST on November 30, 2009 at 12:00 pm

In light of the news that the suspect wanted in the Lakewood, WA ambush – which left four police officers dead – was granted clemency upon a time by then-Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, can he effectively kiss any 2012 presidential hopes he may have had goodbye? Bloomberg takes a look at the potential political fallout for Huck:

Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) — The political future of former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee could be damaged by his role in commuting the sentence of the gunman suspected of killing four police officers in Washington state.

Huckabee, as governor of Arkansas in 2000, commuted a 95- year prison sentence for Maurice Clemmons. Huckabee cited Clemmons’ youth – he was 17 when he was convicted in 1989 of aggravated robbery – in commuting the sentence, the Associated Press reported. Clemmons was then paroled.

“If you pardon someone and they do something, it’s bad news,” said Matt Mackowiak, a Republican strategist. “It can come back to haunt you.”

Huckabee, in a statement on his Web site, said that if Clemmons is found to be responsible for the shooting, “it will be the result of a series of failures in the criminal justice system.”

Huckabee, who lost the Republican presidential nomination last year to John McCain, was criticized during the campaign for the number of clemencies granted to prisoners while he was governor.

According to an AP analysis at the time, Huckabee granted 1,033 clemencies during 10 years in office, more than double the number granted by three governors during the previous 17 years.

During the presidential campaign, Huckabee denied pressuring a state parole board to release a convicted rapist who later raped again and committed murder.

Even before this story broke, I didn’t think Huck would have much of a chance of making it beyond the primaries in 2012 – his ambitions as of this point on the subject are unclear – but I think the news of his granting clemency to Clemmons, which some are calling his “Willie Horton moment,” pretty much seals the deal.

Michelle Malkin has the latest updates on this developing story.

Please remember to keep the families of the victims in your thoughts and prayers.

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25 Responses to “Informal poll: Are Mike Huckabee’s 2012 presidential ambitions now DOA?”


  1. Bill says:

    I saw him yesterday on Fox being being asked if he was planning on running in 2012. He stated that he liked his Fox gig far too much to give it up for a gamble at becoming President. And he looked pretty sincere about it. I’m sure he’s making far, far, far more money on Fox and having far, far, far more influence with his program than he could ever hope to have as President.

  2. nina says:

    Yes is over.Thank G-d.

  3. Lorica says:

    Yes I agree with Bill. I have heard him say that too, and he did seem very sincere. I wouldn’t vote for the man anyway. I still have to wonder how much in “coohoots” he was with McCain to get McCain elected. Even to the point where I think he was hoping to be the Veep last year. Thank God it was Sarah instead.

    I also have never liked Mike’s liberal approach to punishment. I am sorry, but this guy should have never been pardoned. He got 95 years and served 10??? Good Lord that just isn’t right, 9 days for every 1 served Pulease!!! Half time is the minimum a person should serve. He was sentenced to 95 years he should have served 47.5 of them. It is wrong to believe that punishment isn’t compassion. – Lorica

  4. Anthony says:

    Huckabee always struck me as something of a fake, so I’d be glad to see him fade from the ranks of potential candidates. And yes, I think his “Willie Horton moment” scuttles his chances.

  5. Dana says:

    The Huckaboom has now gone Huckabust. It’s too bad that he likes his Fox gig so much, Bill, ’cause if this turns out to be true, I think he’ll get the Huckaboot from Fox.

    Sorry, but the former Governor tried to spread the blame, onto criminal justice officials in Washington state and Arkansas. But if he hadn’t granted clemency, Mr Clemmons would still have been locked up, and other people wouldn’t have had to clean up the Huckabum’s mess. Now, because he granted clemency, a girl has been raped and four policemen are dead.

    If he has any decency at all, any shred of self-respect left, he’ll accept all of the blame himself, apologize to the victims’ families and the entire state of Washington, and then slink away to some private job and never show his pasty face in public again.

  6. bill glass says:

    he’s toast…anyway he was always a bit of a gomer pyle type of folksy pol. probably would never have gotten very far on the campaign in 2012 anyway.

  7. democratsarefascists says:

    I like him, but he’s had more than enough chances already.

    We need to run someone who can win.

    Not Romney, not Huckabee, not Thompson and not some old f*rt RINO like McCain.

    Sorry, but it needed to be said.

  8. astonerii says:

    Huckebee was a DOA before this.

  9. sifty says:

    Awwwwshucksabee is toast.

    Too bad the innocent usually have to pay the cost in blood for bleeding-hearts to feel merciful.

  10. Sluggo_F16 says:

    Absolutely DOA! Now we need the same for Mitt and Pawlenty.

  11. RogerCfromSD says:

    DOA. He never should’ve run in 2008, and definitely should have dropped out much sooner during that election cycle. His clinging enabled McCain.

    The good news is, that now that Obama is in office and the liberals are going ape crap in over-reaching, everyone sees just how insane and anti-American the liberal agenda really is.

    Plus, Sarah came on to the national scene and she represents the type of politician I trust: one with values, and who lives them, and, one who isn’t an elitist POS from an ivy league university who thinks she knows better than God.

  12. Chris in NC says:

    RogerCfromSD: You are dead on. Had he dropped out when he should have, Romney would have won. Don’t know if Romney would have beaten Obama, but he would never have gone soft on him like McCain did. As for criminals, Huckabee is worse than Dukakis. Dukakis made one mistake. Hukster had a history of releasing felons that “came to Jesus”. Anyone that is dumb enough to believe a criminal has no business making national decisions. He was maximus idiotus.

  13. Betty says:

    It’s over. This could also drop his ratings with his TV show.

  14. Carlos says:

    Huck is a prime example of what happens when compassion is allowed to run rampant without reality. Bless his little pea-pickin’ heart, I know he meant well but his religion never told him to allow himself to be made a fool of. Quite the contrary, it tells its followers to be wise and discerning, and he (obviously) was neither in this case.

    On a better note, his mistake was compounded exponentially by the state of Washington because the creep should never have been free on the rape charge. And remember, this is the state that recently “lost” a mental case on a “supervised” excursion to a carnival.

  15. Dead on the murder of those four police officers. I am familiar with the area. My late in laws lived in the Parkland/Spanaway/Lakewood area for many years.
    God, please allow the shooter to be found and I pray he resists. That way he will receive his true reward.

  16. Neo says:

    The aside of all of this si to ask the question that if Huckabee is responsible, aren’t judges equally responsible in similar situations ?

  17. CZ says:

    Nothing here I can disagree with. Huckleberry is a nice man. He has a good job. Hope he stays there.

  18. Lorica says:

    Neo, I have been saying for some time that if a judge lets someone free, and that someone commits the same crime, that the judge should be charged as a co-defendent for allowing this to happen. – Lorica

  19. Carlos says:

    As should parole boards, psychobabblists and anyone else responsible for their early releases.

  20. Xrlq says:

    I think the Dumond case was far more egregious than this one, but if either case (or both together) keep him from doing to the 2012 primary what he did to the one in ’08, I’ll take it.

  21. Anne says:

    Huckabee serves as a prime example of the fact that compassion should be accompanied by sound judgment and common sense. Once Clemmons violated his parole the first time by committing a crime that involved at least the threat of force, his parole should have been revoked and he should have been returned to jail.

    The only mitigating factor, if it can be called that, is that others in both Arkansas and Washington State also dropped the ball, so now a lot of people have egg on their faces. I hope they think about all the kids who have been left fatherless or motherless because of theie monumental stupidity and negligence.