During an appearance on Laura Ingram’s show, Gov. Tim Pawlenty was asked if he would have granted Maurice Clemmons clemency due to his age. Pawlenty quickly responded that based upon the facts on hand, he wouldn’t have granted clemency. Then, in an attempt to highlight his law and order credentials, he claimed that he’s never voted for clemency.
No. On those facts, no, Laura, I would not. And in Minnesota, I don't think I've ever voted for clemency. We've given out pardons for things after everybody has served out their term, but again, usually for more minor offenses. But clemency -- certainly not. Commutation of sentence -- certainly not.While it’s certainly easy for Tim Pawlenty to go after Huckabee in this instance, I certainly hope that what he is really looking at what – if any – lessons we can learn from the shootings over the weekend. As Dan Kalbacher pointed out in his guest post here yesterday, this shooting wasn’t the only time we’ve seen police officers targeted. This seems to suggest to me that we might want to look at some of the underlying reasons that officers might be targeted. In my opinion, figuring that out and potentially improving the safety of those who put their lives on the line everyday might be one of the best ways that we can actually honor the four officers who lost their lives on Sunday.