The revelation that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee commuted the term of the murderer of four Washington state police officers should sink Huckabee’s presidential aspirations, as Quin suggests. It’s worth remembering how busy the pardon-happy governor was while in office. Reported ABC’s Jake Tapper two years ago:
from 1996 through 2007, Huckabee helped free through commutations and pardons more prisoners than had been freed by the previous three governors – Bill Clinton, Frank White and Jim Guy Tucker – combined in an 18-year period.
In fact, an Arkansas Leader study indicated that Huckabee helped free more prisoners from 1996 through 2004 than were freed in the six neighboring states – Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas – combined.
If he runs, Mike Huckabee deserves to suffer the same fate as Michael Dukakis, who released the infamous Willie Horton to commit more crimes.