In what many, including myself, are terming his own personal “Willie Horton” moment, former GOP presidential candidate and Fox News host Mike Huckabee is likely hearing the sound of a flushing toilet this morning.

Going down said toilet is any shot the Huckster had at the 2012 Republican nomination.

Willie Horton, if you don’t recall, is the name of a criminal that was the beneficiary of a weekend furlough program that was supported by former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis. Horton raped a woman and assaulted her fiance in Maryland after not coming back from a weekend furlough. The case was a major issue in the 1988 election that was won by George H.W. Bush handily.

The current situation does not look good for Huckabee, who as governor of Arkansas, commuted the sentence of Maurice Clemmons, the now-dead suspect who allegedly killed four Seattle-area police officers in an ambush on Sunday.

Huckabee is doing his best to defend the circumstances of his decision, citing a laundry list of people who agreed with commuting the sentence, but my guess here is that the damage is done. For my money, Huckabee was not going to be the nominee in 2012, but he without a shadow of a doubt could have been a player and perhaps even king-maker.

Now we just hear the gurgle-gurgle of his presidential aspirations headed down the drain.