Tim Egan, the former Seattle newspaperman who has become a rising national journalistic star as an award-winning author and reporter for The New York Times, unloads on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in this blog column today.
Egan has the same thought I did when I first learned that Huckabee had approved the early release of Maurice Clemmons, who is being hunted as the suspect in the ambushing killings of four Lakewood police officers Sunday.
I immediately thought of the infamous Willie Horton ad that Bush One unleashed against Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. Fairly or not, Huckabee’s role in releasing Clemmons despite a 105-year sentence for five felonies seems made to order for a Horton-style attack on his judgment.
Whether or not you agree with Egan’s contention that this should sink Huckabee’s presidential aspirations, there’s no doubt that what goes around comes around. If Huckabee seeks the White House again, he’ll be facing the ghosts of both Willie Horton and Maurice Clemmons.