And it's the fault of the Republicans!
Imagine the conservative anger if Maurice Clemmons--armed robber, child rapist, messianic apocalypse believer, bad neighbor, and now cop killer--had been been granted clemency by some Democratic governor! Some criminal-loving cop-hating commie Democrat politician.
Maybe with proper mental health care this never would have happened. Clemmons is clearly a guy who needed to be confined in a prison or mental hospital. And maybe if it weren't for some of the other 2.3 million people behind bars (like the drug offenders), Clemmons would still be incarcerated.
Regardless, I'm happy that the governor who commuted his lengthy prison sentence "over the protests of prosecutors" is a Republican. Do I think Mike Huckabee is personally at fault? No. At least no more than Michael Dukakis was to blame for Willie Horton.
Had Huckabee been a Democrat, Republicans would be having a field day going after him. Would a Democrat have done something differently and prevented many horrible crimes? No. But at least now I don't have to listen to some dumbass Republicans blaming Democrats for these cops' deaths.
[update: Huckabee is getting plenty of heat for this.]