Maurice Clemmons, the man that was accused of executing four Tacoma, Washington area policemen was himself shot and killed last night in Seattle.
If there is any good news, it is that Mr. Clemmons is now with his maker. Or down in the depths. No matter. He is no longer here with the living.
But, the man that may have indirectly played a role in these events is busy blaming everyone else but himself for fighting to commute Mr. Clemmons very long prison sentence.
The former Arkansas governor, the Rev. Mike Huckabee, is blaming the judge in the original cases that Mr. Clemmons was convicted on for asking then Gov. Rev. Mike to ask for a reduction of sentence and the probability of parole. Mr. Clemmons was sentenced for a total of 108 years. Gov. Rev. Mike asked the parole board to reduce the sentence and it was to 47 years. And Mr. Clemmons was paroled. Thanks also to a pathetic letter that tugged at the Rev. Mike's heart.
Here is what the Rev. Mike said today:
“It really does show how sick our society has become that people are more concerned about a campaign three years from now than those grieving families in Washington,” Huckabee said during an interview on Joe Scarborough’s radio show. “It is disgusting, but people use anything as a political weapon.”…
“If he were a white kid from an upper middle class family he would have gotten a lawyer and some counseling,” Huckabee said. “But because he was a young black kid he got 108 years.”…
“It’s a lot easier to be a pundit or a commentator or a blogger than to govern the state and have to make tough decisions,” he said. “People are talking about this from a political standpoint, but what they need to be asking is how did the system break down?”
Nice. Real Nice. Oh, don't forget a little class and race warfare too, Rev. Mike.
This is reason alone to realize that the Rev. Mike was never ready to be president. He can not take responsibility that he had the most clemencies of any governor in his region for the time he was governor. That he took way too much interest in many cases.
This comes from a guy that bashed the hell out of Mitt Romney and his Mormon religion. Was it not the Rev. Mike who "innocently asked" a New York Times reporter about a Mormon belief that Jesus and Satan were brothers? And how about the Rev. Mike and his Christmas television commercial with the floating cross? One that he denied was there, even with overwhelming evidence. Yes sir, real classy that Rev. Mike.
One thing that this episode shows is that the Republican party traditionally has been the party that is not soft on crime. Under the reign of the Rev. Mike in Arkansas, one would not know it. Remember, 703 clemencies in his time as governor. More than the six surrounding states combined with extra to spare.
Advice to Rev. Mike.
Please, Do The Right Thing and peddle your Christmas book. Stay away from this story for a while. Like, forever.
And thankfully, a Seattle police officer put an end to a mad man, Maurice Clemmons, and his "reformed" life before he could kill again.
HT: Allahpundit @ www.hotair.com