Huck Doubles Down

On Clemmons:

"If I had the exact same information in front of me tonight that I had 9 years ago, in a case exactly the same, I would make the exact same decision, because I can't imagine that anyone would not," he said.

"If I could have looked into the future, of course I would. But I couldn't do that. What I don't understand is, those who could see some of his actions, the judges in Washington who knew that he had raped a child and that he had had now several psychotic episodes, why he was able to get out on bail. That I can't answer."

This strikes me as the right thing to say. Again, I have enormous differences with Huckabee, specifically, on gay marriage and abortion. But, in this instance, I admire him for sticking to his guns.

I don't think he's running for president, now. Which is interesting, because I think if he were running against anybody but Obama (say John Kerry) he is exactly the sort of candidate who could make some inroads with socially conservative black people.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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