Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is raising the stakes in the debate over the Justice Department's decision to put terror suspects on trial in federal court in New York City.
The former Arkansas governor told WDBO in Orlando that, if the trials go awry -- by, say, resulting in the suspects getting off without a guilty verdict -- President Barack Obama would be booted from office in 2012.
"God help us if they get off on a technicality because of the way the evidence was gathered," Huckabee said, according to the station's website. "I would tell you not only is the Obama administration finished, I think the Democratic Party is finished."
"I think it's absurd," he added, "and I think the Obama administration will be as much on trial as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed."
Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday made it clear that the department would never have brought these cases to trial were they not air tight. So the notion that KSM and others will "get off on a technicality" is unlikely. Nevertheless, Huckabee's comments are the most overt yet indicating that Republicans plan to use the trial of terrorist suspects as an election issue.
The next question is how vulnerable Senate Democrats react when pressed on Holder's decision.
(Hat tip: GOP12)