The list of potential GOP presidential candidates just narrowed. If reports are accurate, a convict to whom Mike Huckabee granted clemency is sought in the killing of four Seattle policemen.

This is Huck’s Willie Horton. Sure, there are differences. Horton committed rape while on weekend furlough granted by Mike Dukakis.

The alleged Seattle shooter, Maurice Clemmons, had a long history of arrest, conviction, and release after Huckabee granted clemency, so there were numerous intervening points at which the criminal justice system failed. Michelle Malkin has good background on this.

Nonetheless, it is close to over for Huck. This is too Willie Horton-ish. Republicans hung Willie Horton around Dukakis’ neck in 1988, and the same thing would happen to Huckabee regarding Clemmons, both in the primary and the general election. It would take some real political mastery for Huck to get out from under this.

It is weird that just this morning Huck stated that a run was “less than likely.” Yeah, I think so.

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