He’s dead, isn’t he?

Clayton Lockett.

The guy in Oklahoma.

If he’s dead, how do they figure that his execution was botched?

And that was the official word: “botched.” Every news story used it, the White House used it, the activists used it, the Democrat politicians used it.

They said his execution was botched.

And yet he is, in fact, deader than a door nail.

And that’s just the way it should be.

Because, if we can wipe away our crocodile tears for Clayton Lockett, we ought to remember Stephanie Nieman for just a moment. She was the teen-aged girl who came home to fine Clayton Lockett and some of his pals burglarizing her home.

So Clayton Lockett shot her.

Three times.

With a shotgun.

We don’t have weepy texts from journalists, but we believe there was some agony involved. Maybe even some writhing and moaning.

Because Clayton Lockett blew her to pieces.

But not enough to kill her or, some fear, even knock her unconscious.

So he and his buddies buried her alive. And she would die there, alone and terrified, with dirt in her face.

But the White House didn’t mention that.

Rather, the White House went on about how the “botched” execution of Clayton Lockett was inhumane and wrong.

Bull crap.

The state of Oklahoma set out to kill him, and he died. Score that a win.

Did he wince and writhe?

Maybe so.

But, it turns out dying is a b-word, and hopefully Clayton Lockett learned that.

Of course, every indication is that he was unconscious through the entire procedure.

But if he did suffer, it’s because of progressives’ opposition to the death penalty.

See, in the years-long fight to end the death penalty, progressives have repeatedly pointed to its supposed cruelty. That has led to an abandonment of quick, certain means of execution.

As it turns out, the hangman’s noose – properly done – is instant and humane.

But that’s all gone, and now we use drugs.

When the Europeans will sell them to us. When the activists don’t harass the providers of the drugs into cutting off the supply.

And so it is that states are thrashing about for a new combination of available drugs.

In Oklahoma, they used the drugs Florida has had success with. One to make the condemned unconscious, another to paralyze him, and a third to stop his heart. Oklahoma either blew the dosage or the IV.

But no harm, no foul.

Because Clayton Lockett is dead.

And before we make him some folk hero, perchance we ought to recognize that 1. He had it coming and 2. We can make it a lot quicker if we really want to.

For example: Firing squad.

Though condemned as gruesome, death by modern firing squad is instantaneous. The bad guy doesn’t even hear the bang. He’s dead by the time the sound gets there.

Hanging, also condemned as gruesome, provides instantaneous death when done right.

And if we’re absolutely enamored with using drugs, how about heroin? It’s plentiful and, sadly, effective.

Go to your corner dealer, ask him how much you’re supposed to use, use five times that much, and pull the sheet over the dead man’s face.

Or maybe we should just go to the veterinarian.

We’ve all seen how quick that stuff takes down poodles, we ought to try it out on murderers.

Not to be crude – or disrespectful of the memory of your beloved pet – but if a certain amount will kill a 50-pound Labrador retriever in the blink of an eye, about four times that certain amount ought to have the same effect on the garden variety murderer.

And failing everything, just ask any Chicago gangbanger how to kill somebody. They’ve got a lot of expertise built up there.

Sadly, none of that will happen.

Instead, as the White House finds new ways to turn criminals loose, as punishment of criminals is denounced as a race way by other means, as we are offering free college to convicts, we will hear even more cries to end the death penalty.

And activists – by which I mean, the White House – will point to this “botched” execution and say that maybe it is time to move on.

They will be wrong.

Abandoning the death penalty across much of America has done nothing but embolden criminals.

Does the death penalty serve as a disincentive to crime? It sure does for the guy who gets executed.

And Clayton Lockett got executed.

His death wasn’t botched.

His life was.

And the other night he paid the price for that.

Just like he deserved.