Monday, November 30, 2009

Huckabee Talks to O'Reilly About Clemmons

With regard to Mike Huckabee's role in granting clemency to Maurice Clemmons, the man who is alleged to have murdered four police officers in Lakewood, Washington I wrote this earlier today:

Huckabee is in the unusual position of having his own television show. I think he should that pulpit to make a fuller statement regarding his reasons for granting clemency to Clemmons. Assuming his next show has already been taped then he should go on one of the other FNC shows be it Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity or Greta and face the music. If he acknowledges that he played a part in the "series of failures" then that will go a long way.

Well, tonight Huckabee went on The O'Reilly Factor to explain himself. O'Reilly seemed more concerned about two judges in Washington state who had been lenient with Clemmons than with Huckabee's clemency decision a decade ago. He might have let his FNC colleague off a bit easy. While there might be plenty of blame to go around I'm not sure that will necessarily assuage people about Huckabee and his role in this mess. I mean if The New York Times is running articles on Huckabee's leniency then he's in real trouble.

As of this writing, Clemmons is still on the run. If Clemmons kills again before he is apprehended dead or alive then Huckabee's appearance with O'Reilly won't mean a damn thing. The fact that he has alluded police capture nearly 48 hours after killing the four police officers means the authorities are dealing with both a dangerous and clever felon - a lethal combination. The longer Clemmons is on the run the worse it will be for Huckabee. Of course, it will be much worse for the four families in Lakewood.

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