It looks as if Huckabee’s decision to grant clemency to an unstable criminal will cost him the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Joe Carter, who worked on the governor’s campaign, has written a great post on Huckabee’s views of rehabilitation. A telling quote:
Ironically, what makes Huckabee such an appealing Presidential candidate—his empathy for all people and genuine belief in the individual—is also the trait that will prevent him from ever reaching the White House. His experiences and intuitions that served him well as a minister of the gospel were not always applicable in his role as governor of a state. The unfortunate reality is that for politicians, unlike pastors, there are limits to compassion.