I know I should not make political hay of this awful crime, particularly when the victim’s families are just now picking up the pieces of their lives. Also, the suspect has not been proven guilty of anything. However, IF the authorities are right about the suspect, surely this would sink any presidential candidacy of Mike Huckabee, the folksy big government evangelical populist posing as an evangelical conservative.

Maurice Clemmons, the 37-year-old Tacoma man being sought for questioning in the killing this morning of four Lakewood police officers, has a long criminal record punctuated by violence, erratic behavior and concerns about his mental health.

Nine years ago, then-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee granted clemency to Clemmons, commuting his lengthy prison sentence over the protests of prosecutors.

“This is the day I’ve been dreading for a long time,” Larry Jegley, prosecuting attorney for Arkansas’ Pulaski County said tonight when informed that Clemmons was being sought for questioning in connection with the killings.

My prayers go out to the families of these officers killed in the line of duty (an act that possibly would never have happened without the the actions of then Governor Huckabee).

(via Instapundit)