Quotes of the day

posted at 10:35 pm on May 9, 2011 by Allahpundit

“The reason I will never, ever support Jon Huntman is simple: While serving as the United States Ambassador to China, our greatest strategic adversary, Jon Huntsman began plotting to run against the President of the United States. This calls into question his loyalty not just to the President of the United States, but also his loyalty to his country over his own naked ambition.

“It does not matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat. Party is beside the point here. When the President of the United States sends you off to be Ambassador to our greatest strategic adversary in the world, you don’t sit around contemplating running against the very same President you serve. It begs the question of did you fully carry out your duties as Ambassador or let a few things slip along the way hoping to damage the President? Likewise, it begs the question of whether our relations with China have suffered because the President felt like he could not trust his own Ambassador?…

“Politics is supposed to stop at the waters edge, though that happens less these days. But politics sure as hell should have stopped at Peking (editorial note: I always refuse to say Beijing because that’s what the Chicoms want us to use). And it didn’t. This disloyalty should not be rewarded by any patriot.”

“Jon Huntsman is the latest 2012 hopeful to dine with Mike Huckabee, the 2008 Iowa caucus winner who has said he’ll decide this summer whether or not to throw his hat in the ring himself, a source familiar with the meeting said…

“Word of the meeting was first reported by CNN, which also noted that Huntsman will be the latest possible contender to meet with the man many Republican elites would like to see run, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The two are set to sit down in the coming week, CNN reported.”

“Mormons make up about 2 percent of the U.S population, but they’re closer to 30 percent of the Republican presidential primary field, where two clean-cut, handsome, moderate, millionaire former governors — Romney and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman — appear to be seeking the nomination. The biographical similarities between the two men are good for an easy joke – one prominent South Carolina Republican referred to them as the ‘Doublemint Twins’ – but they are taking sharply different approaches to this state, and to a question haunting their supporters: Will the Christian conservative backbone of the Republican electorate in South Carolina and other states support a Mormon? And as Romney seeks to keep a deliberate distance from the state, Huntsman is ostentatiously waving him in, and telling him the water’s fine…

“Romney is expected here May 21 for the first time in more than 200 days, and has been playing an intricate waiting game in the two heavily evangelical early states, South Carolina and Iowa – a game of dampening expectations partly based on perceived resistance to his faith.

“Huntsman appears determined to explode Romney’s careful game. And Huntsman’s key local consultant, Richard Quinn, has for weeks been delightedly suggesting that Romney’s faith isn’t a handicap but simply a crutch disguising other weaknesses.

“‘Maybe that’s his excuse — maybe he’s going to say we’re prejudiced against Mormons,’ Quinn said recently. ‘I think it’s kind of a little bit of a slander about South Carolina that we’re going to rule out people that aren’t quite Anglo-Saxon Protestants.'”


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air



Trackback URL


The msm really wants to pick our candidate for us and then cut them to shreds before they announce.

Kissmygrits on May 10, 2011 at 8:08 AM

its their M.O.

cmsinaz on May 10, 2011 at 8:12 AM

The crew on Moaning Joe are having a hard time explaining Obie’s low poll numbers..:)

Dire Straits on May 10, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Dire Straits on May 10, 2011 at 8:22 AM

just heard carl bernstein say its the racial undertones…


cmsinaz on May 10, 2011 at 8:26 AM

just heard carl bernstein say its the racial undertones…


cmsinaz on May 10, 2011 at 8:26 AM

You are right that was pathetic and sad..:(

Dire Straits on May 10, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Dire Straits on May 10, 2011 at 8:34 AM

the ol’ fallback line…

stay cool DS


cmsinaz on May 10, 2011 at 8:36 AM

stay cool DS


cmsinaz on May 10, 2011 at 8:36 AM

You stay cool too!..:)

PS..Hope you have a good day!..:)

Dire Straits on May 10, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Dire Straits on May 10, 2011 at 8:38 AM

you too

cmsinaz on May 10, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Wasn’t it krugman on O’reilly last night floating huntsman’s name as someone to watch. Ya, well, I guess they won’t loose with obama vs huntsman, they will have the libs of both parties. So it makes no difference to them. He sure is being pushed by someone, and not by the people of Utah!

Bambi on May 10, 2011 at 9:24 AM

He sure is being pushed by someone, and not by the people of Utah!

You are absolutely right, Bambi…we were tickled when the demigod tapped him for the ambassadorship and got him out of the state. Gary Herbert is a much, much better gov….I know Gary personally and went to school with his wife.

The only reason Huntsman was the Gov is because of 1. his father 2. he is so left wing, the Utah Dems even voted for him. This Huntsman thing is so transparent, the media are doing it again..pushing who they want on the GOP ticket so as to keep their One in the Presidency for another term.

norm1111 on May 10, 2011 at 10:15 AM

You have allowed the media once again to tell you Huntsman is an evil liberal.

Fact: He was reelected in the country’s most conservative state with more than 75% of the vote. At times his approval rating was over 90%. Liberal? No.

Under the last three years of Huntsman’s tenure Utah, Pew rated Utah one of the top 3 states to do business in. In his last year, Forbes said Huntsman’s pro-business policies made Utah the top state to do business in. Huntsman made Utah top in business.

How is that liberal?

Air pollution in Utah county was some of the worst in the nation. Huntsman’s “liberal” pollution approach brought Utah up to the standards of most other states. It is not liberal to update technology and make the air breathable.

Is breathing bad air a conservative tenant? Who knew?

Huntsman championed and got passed three very positive legislative policies against abortion.

Is that liberal?

Huntsman nominated Sarah Palin, his fellow western governor, and friend, to be John McCain’s running mate in 2008.

Supporting Sarah Palin is liberal?

You who cheer Palin’s many attempts to finish college in several states as a sign of… I don’t know but you think it a good thing.

Yet you Criticize 17 year old Huntsman’s leaving High School to play in a band, then returning to school, where he eventually gradutated from the top rated business school in the country… the Wharton school of business at University of Pennsylvania. Where he was asked to be the commencement speaker in 2010. That is hardly a high school drop out.

And you focus on a bad choice he made when he was 17. That is desparation, to go into someone’s teenage years for the last bad choice they made.

But hey business school is liberal.

You know what? You need to rethink this guy.

I don’t think he is well known enough this time around, he is probably working towards 2016 or 2020. Why talk yourself into a corner about a guy you really know nothing about?

Huntsman would be perfect for Secretary of State, under whoever wins.

It seems to me that his direct meetings with all the other candidates shows he is a team player and is keeping goodwill toward him for a cabinet position. Just an observation.

petunia on May 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM

AllahPundit knows how to pick em. Rudy, Daniels, now Huntsman. Even a double dose of Mormon. Hahaha… Which is interesting. I went to New York last Thursday and came home to California Sunday to go to a cousins wedding in Long Island at the Carlyle at the Green and stand at a nearby hotel. I met a lady agnostic New Yorker who has retired in Florida (tradition for NYers I suppose-weather & taxes you know) but was visiting her children. She asked about my flight and I said I had a stop over in Salt Lake City. She asked if I had ever visited there, to which I replied, “no”. She preceeded to tell me I should just for the sake of seeing all those “brainwashed folks who walk around the streets like zombies”. I laughed. It’s as entertaining for me to listen to non-violent religious like Pat Robertson go off as much as agnostic/atheists go off about religious folks. Circle of Life where to points meet at the tip of that circle. One in the same. But I did sit back and say to myself, “I bet there are a LOT of New Yorkers who feel just like her. No way she and her I’ll would vote for Romney.” I say the same about this AllahPundit Dark Horse. Considering AP’s admitted atheism… You gotta wonder why he pushes for these folks. Is it like Olypmia Snowe? AP’s still hot we didn’t nominate Rudy! So he’s STILL being spiteful and voting out of SPITE? Hmmmm.. I ponder.

Sultry Beauty on May 10, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Air pollution in Utah county was some of the worst in the nation. Huntsman’s “liberal” pollution approach brought Utah up to the standards of most other states. It is not liberal to update technology and make the air breathable.

Uhhh…let’s tell the truth about Utah Counties’ air….the pollution was awful in the 50s, 60s, and 70s….then in the 1980s..1986 to be exact, Geneva steel went out of business. The plant closed and the air quality went up…long…long before Hunstman became the gov. Huntsman won with a 75% …agreed…and by the time, Obama appointed him, Jon Huntsman was generally disliked by most of the state. Except for Salt Lake county and some of Utah county. He was not liked in the rest of the state..unfortunately, those two counties are the most populated.

norm1111 on May 10, 2011 at 11:08 AM

There are plenty of reasons not to support Huntsman, but Erickson’s attack on the man’s patriotism is, as the diplomatic Huntsman might have put it, remarkable. Erickson doesn’t even consider the possibility that when your President calls upon you to serve your country, accepting that responsibility, despite your partisan differences and your own ambitions, might really be a better example of leaving politics at the water’s edge than the reverse.

Erickson’s histrionic language — Huntsman was “plotting” against his President and writing “love letters” — is just an embarrassment. Those letters, as quoted by the Daily Caller, rather studiously avoid endorsing their recipients’ actual politics and policies. They are gracious, a concept which Erickson clearly doesn’t grasp. It’s almost harder to understand how a potential candidate could watch the amateur, incompetent hash Obama has made of our relationship with China and not want to run against him. Huntsman refused to be bought off and resigned before announcing his intentions. I’d call that the good part, not the disqualifier. It seems telling that practically no one here has even bothered to take that part of Erickson’s diatribe seriously.

JM Hanes on May 10, 2011 at 11:55 AM

No ambassador has an obligation to be loyal to the President of the United States. His obligation is to be loyal to the United States and the Constitution.

Huntsman was probably the best man for Ambassador to China. Huntsman accepted the job because of his loyalty to the United States.

Obama appointed Huntsman to that position because Obama recognized Huntsman as a threat and wanted to take him out of commission.

Huntsman probably believes that he is the best man for the job of President and is running out of loyalty to the United States.

I don’t like Jon Huntsman but this is no reason to oppose Huntsman.
I recognize that Obama is an enemy to the constitution and that almost anybody would be better. Heck, I would vote for an empty can of dog food over Obama.

Obama deserves what he got with Huntsman. Huntsman outsmarted Obama is all.

The Rock on May 10, 2011 at 12:54 PM