I like Mike Huckabee. Last year, I found him to be the most personable, charming and authentic of the field of Republican presidential candidates. But I never took him seriously as a presidential contender.
And if the conservative blogosphere is any indication, he is a less serious contender now, with what Michelle Malkin and others are dubbing his “Willie Horton” moment. As governor of Arkansas, Huckabee commuted the prison sentence of the man wanted in connections with the the deaths of four Lakewood, Washington police officers.
Says ultra-conservative blogger Malkin:
The man being sought by police was granted clemency by former GOP Arkansas Mike Huckabee despite his violent history and vehement protestations from prosecutors and victims’ family members.
He was most recently in jail for alleged second-degree rape of a child.
This isn’t Huckabee’s first Horton moment, as I’ll remind you in a moment.
The ugly political ads write themselves.