Top Democrats: Huntsman is the Republican we fear most

posted at 8:16 pm on May 11, 2011 by Allahpundit

He’s a centristy maverick with foreign policy chops — and you know how well those types do against Barack Obama in national elections.

Top Democrats in and outside the White House, speaking on background so they could be more candid, suggest that former US Ambassador to China and Utah Governor Jon Huntsman would be the GOP candidate President Obama would least like to face in 2012 — but they think he can’t win the nomination.

The very qualities that make Huntsman formidable in November 2012 — his centrism and bipartisanship — will work against him in Iowa and South Carolina, Democrats say…

The president has told friends he “caught lightning in a bottle” in 2008, and even catching every break, Obama only won with 53% of the vote, with 47% of the country voting against him — a number Democrats say isn’t going to go down in 2012, with an economy still on the mend, high unemployment and skyrocketing gas prices.

It’ll be taken as a given that this is some sort of crude experiment in reverse psychology, aimed at convincing conservatives to nominate a guy who’s easy pickings for Obama in the general election instead of, oh, say, Michele Bachmann. (Rush Limbaugh dismissed the media’s interest in Mitch Daniels on those grounds just a few days ago.) If that’s the case, though, why does the White House semi-jokingly tout Huntsman’s service as ambassador at every turn knowing that the link to Obama is poisonous to him in the primaries? More to the point, why did they offer him the ambassadorship in the first place? That move was intended in part from the very beginning to take him out of contention for 2012. If they want him to win, they should frame him as being fundamentally hostile to The One and his foreign policy and maybe more confrontational with China than they preferred in order to give him a Trumpian “bravado boost” among the base. If they think he’s a tin can, they should be setting him up to win by polishing his anti-Obama cred.

As for the “reverse psychology” argument, if conservatives were given a choice of facing Mark Warner or Bernie Sanders in a national election, I assume most would prefer to face the latter since, as a leftist, he’d have a tougher time capturing independents than a centrist like Warner would. That’s not us using reverse psychology on the left, it’s simple recognition that elections tend to be won in the middle provided that the nominee isn’t so far to the center that his/her base won’t turn out in big numbers. That’s no problem for the GOP in 2012; disgust with Obama runs so deep that grassroots righties will be out in droves no matter who the pick is. In which case, it’s not so much “reverse psychology” by the left that points them towards Huntsman, it’s conventional wisdom about not wanting to face someone who can poach votes from indies that they need when they already have to worry about gigantic turnout among the anti-Obama grassroots. None of that really matters in this particular case — Huntsman doesn’t have a prayer in the primaries — but electability will be a factor for voters when picking a nominee. The flattery he’s getting on the left is really just their awareness of that, knowing that he’s dead in the water already.

Speaking of electability, here’s Trump trying to reframe himself in a post-Birther landscape.

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Me too….

sandee on May 11, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Nothing to see here folks..move along!..:)

Dire Straits on May 11, 2011 at 8:17 PM

In other words, they are telling us who is most like them and who they are sure can be beaten like a drum by Obama!

Warner Todd Huston on May 11, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Seriously…do they think this is going to work ?

CCRWM on May 11, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Liars! Dhimmis are the dirtiest tricksters in the book.

Subsunk

Subsunk on May 11, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Did you know Huntsman’s daddy is a billionaire?

Next!

Emperor Norton on May 11, 2011 at 8:18 PM

You beat me, Sandee.

flyfisher on May 11, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Dems hope you do this:

“OH OH, Look at THAT GUY! He is a businessman, He speaks Chinese fluently, He rocks Foriegn Policy…. Oh he is soooo suave!!!! PICK HIM!!!”

upinak on May 11, 2011 at 8:18 PM

just like they were afraid of McCain and McChub his daughter

400lb Gorilla on May 11, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Huntsman? Hmm, ok, we’ll all vote for him then. Thanks Democrats and MSM, we needed all that help. You guys are champs.

44Magnum on May 11, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Figured I’d just import my comments from the headlies subject of the same thing.

44Magnum on May 11, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Because Huntsman would be a better Democrat candidate than Obama?

onlineanalyst on May 11, 2011 at 8:20 PM

.. and if you believe the Dems, you believe the high-school bully when he says “Don’t put me in the same room with that 1st grade little girl.. she’ll hurt me in a fight!!”

DaSaintFan on May 11, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Because Huntsman would be a better Democrat candidate than Obama?

onlineanalyst on May 11, 2011 at 8:20 PM

He shoots, he SCORES!!!!!!!!

upinak on May 11, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Me too….

sandee on May 11, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Bazinga!

Fallon on May 11, 2011 at 8:21 PM

The problem with Huntsman isn’t that he isn’t electable (in the general) over Obama…it’s that he would be only a very, very slight improvement over Obama.

Anyway, not going to happen.

He’s kind of stupid too…if they even thinks he has a shot at the primaries…the mark of a true liberal.

AUINSC on May 11, 2011 at 8:22 PM

“Roast me! Hang me! Do whatever you please,” said Brer Rabbit. “Only please, Brer Fox, please don’t throw me into the briar patch.” …

Wethal on May 11, 2011 at 8:22 PM

ok serious question here. Hoe stupid do the dems think conservatives are. This is disgusting and shows a complete lack of seriousness and lack of respect to conservatives and the GOp in gernal on so many levels.

I mean really? Really? huntsman ? we are suppose to think the dems fear a guy that can’t brak 1% in the polls, has quit his last 2 jobs to further his own career, was a high school drop out and is more a socialist than a conservative?

and the dems expect us to believe them? Total lack of respect. And a ROFLMAO at the stupidity of the dems …..

unseen on May 11, 2011 at 8:22 PM

He could be a great cheerleader…

the_nile on May 11, 2011 at 8:23 PM

I love how they think this crap will work…..sorry, not falling for it…I PROMISE TO VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATE YOU KEEP TELLING ME IS THE DUMBEST, LEAST EXPERIENCED TWIT POSSIBLE….because, that my friends is the person you liars fear!

SDarchitect on May 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM

“No! He is NOT the courier!”

drjohn on May 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM

The very qualities that make Huntsman formidable in November 2012 —his centrism and bipartisanship —will work against him in Iowa and South Carolina, Democrats say…

Why would those qualities make him formidable? Obama won without either.

Kataklysmic on May 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM

The GOP nominee cannot win without significant conservative turnout. Huntsman will NOT get this and there are not enough squishies to make up the difference.

fiatboomer on May 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Closet Communist.

KMC1 on May 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM

“Oh, no, not the Briar Patch”?

Count to 10 on May 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Please don’t throw me into that briar patch!

How stupid do DC Democrats think we are?

Solly on May 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM

meanwhile back in the real world. Palin just got the WH to sideline the rapper Common from appearing at the WH….

For those of you all you don’t understand the power of 512K followers on tweeter behold.

One tweet form Palin retweeting a Dailycaller piece and all hell breaks lose. And for the record Palin was the first and as far as I know only potential GOP candidate to make an issue out of a cop-killer lover performing in the WH.

unseen on May 11, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Yes, and a .150 pinch hitter with no power is the batter major league baseball managers fear most. lol.

bw222 on May 11, 2011 at 8:27 PM

So,the Libs are a say’n,Huntsman is in the Hunt!

Is it because Huntsman,mimics,the Liberal political
traits….what…what…I’m jus sayin!(snark).

canopfor on May 11, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Yeah, suuuuure. The Dems have always been known as such a truhful party, haven’t they? //

As an aside, I get the willies when I see pics of this guy… he’s just odd-looking to me. But my overlords keep saying what a handsome fella he is.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on May 11, 2011 at 8:28 PM

More to the point, why did they offer him the ambassadorship in the first place?

He’s a was a cross-aisle (look how bipartisan we are!) hire with little controversy and could speak Chinese, IIRC.

amerpundit on May 11, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Like I posted above, when I pulled this with the Dems (“Don’t nominate Howard Dean! No! Man is he unbeatable.”) they didn’t bite back when.

Marcus on May 11, 2011 at 8:29 PM

meanwhile back in the real world. Palin just got the WH to sideline the rapper Common from appearing at the WH….

For those of you all you don’t understand the power of 512K followers on tweeter behold.

One tweet form Palin retweeting a Dailycaller piece and all hell breaks lose. And for the record Palin was the first and as far as I know only potential GOP candidate to make an issue out of a cop-killer lover performing in the WH.

unseen on May 11, 2011 at 8:27 PM

They had planned to sideline him before the tweet , no really…

the_nile on May 11, 2011 at 8:29 PM

he would be better suited in a role of kingmaker……………./

NY Conservative on May 11, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Yes, the man with 1% in the polls is Dem’s most feared. And Palin is the one they all hope to run against. Got it.

That’s the fatal flaw of stupid people: They always assume everyone else is equally stupid.

Kataklysmic on May 11, 2011 at 8:29 PM

A Huntsman nomination would destroy the GOP. Millions of conservatives – me included – would vote third party and start working for a major third party. The Dems know this.

bw222 on May 11, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Seriously…do they think this is going to work ?

CCRWM on May 11, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Well, wasn’t McCain the favorite of the NYT in 2008? I’m more than a little weary having the, “Republican we NationalSocialists fear most” being touted, then having a gang of RINOs put him out there as the candidate.

Those of you not old enough to remember 1980 would not believe the crap the LSM spewed about Mr. Reagan. I spent a good amount of 1980 unemployed thanks to the economic policies of Peanuts and Love. I still recall the smirking, condescending interview of Gov. Reagan by Peter Jennings for ABC “News”. At the conclusion, Jennings called Mr. Reagan everything but a senile old fool, but his contempt for Reagan was obvious. It was equally obvious that the LSM was doing everything they could to hurt Reagan. But Dutch went right on smiling and explaining his beliefs to the country.

Screw the Lame Stream Media and their NationalSocialist comrades.

oldleprechaun on May 11, 2011 at 8:30 PM

They fear a milquetoast nobody against a former milquetoast nobody.

AshleyTKing on May 11, 2011 at 8:30 PM

I recall how the left was talking up John McCain as well and how formidable he would be in 2008. The NYT endorsed John McCain and here we are again.

The GOP will never learn, but will conservatives?

sharrukin on May 11, 2011 at 8:31 PM

The Progressive Perception /Deception Operation
Confuse/Weave and Bob Tricks!!

Yes,yes Democrats,we,er,Americans on the Right,know
that this field,is thee weakest in nominee history,
but,some nominess have yet to step forward!!

canopfor on May 11, 2011 at 8:31 PM

After watching the video, I’m interested in knowing Trump or Huntsman? If that was the choice in the end, which one?

milemarker2020 on May 11, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Another possible tough contender would be Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, they say

How far can one go after being endorsed by a Marxist?

Valiant on May 11, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Huntsman? Hmm, ok, we’ll all vote for him then. Thanks Democrats and MSM, we needed all that help. You guys are champs.

44Magnum on May 11, 2011 at 5:51 PM
Figured I’d just import my comments from the headlies subject of the same thing.

44Magnum on May 11, 2011 at 8:20 PM

It is very cordial of them, isn’t it? But we don’t want to scare our friends, now do we? Now, who do they think is the ‘biggest joke’ and least likely to have a prayer against Obama? That’s who we should really support. You know, just to be nice.

cynccook on May 11, 2011 at 8:31 PM

he would be better suited in a role of kingmaker……………./

NY Conservative on May 11, 2011 at 8:29 PM

LOL!

cynccook on May 11, 2011 at 8:32 PM

What if Palin picks him as VP. Someone needs to take those calls from the bank.

the_nile on May 11, 2011 at 8:32 PM

I really hope Democrats don’t nominate Kucinich this time. He’s probably the only Dem that Republicans can’t beat.

JohnJ on May 11, 2011 at 8:33 PM

But Dutch went right on smiling and explaining his beliefs to the country.

oldleprechaun on May 11, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Why is this so hard for the current crop of nominees to grasp?

If they don’t take on the media ands go right to the people, they leave the message in the hands of the MFM.

Valiant on May 11, 2011 at 8:34 PM

ok serious question here. Hoe stupid do the dems think conservatives are.
—————-

Don’t feel singled out, they think registered democrats, republicans and independants are just as stupid if they think for one minute anyone is buying this utter crap. Whether he is electeable or not he is still a better choice than any other republican for the dems in office. Huntsman is Obama lite. This is akin to telling a 3rd grader he better not eat broccli, even though it’s tastes better than candy.

THE one biggest threat to Dems are ANY registered voter, no matter what their party, that is capable of independant thought. That is what scares the living daylights out of them and why they and the water carriers push nonsense candidates-hoping to bulldoze a few suckers. There will always be the empty headed idiots like those on the left that fall for the nigerian prince even though the entire world knows about that scam

Niteowl45 on May 11, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Maybe Huntsman should primary Obama?

kringeesmom on May 11, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Oh Great Liberal Political Gawds,

please tell,the Birthers/Trumpets/Bitters/Clingers/
Bible Claspers/Carnival Barkers/and ad nausem Liberal
terms of Republican rubes,

who they should back!!!

Btw,a note to the Socialist Justice Community Organizers,
can you JACK*SS’s please tend to your own flocks,and keep
your political mess on yur side of da fence!!

Thank-You!(snark)

canopfor on May 11, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Wow. If Charlie Crist is an orange, is Trump a cherry?

MadisonConservative on May 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM

the_nile on May 11, 2011 at 8:29 PM

I really can not begin to understand how the Obama WH can be so politcally stupid:

Oh lovely, White House… http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/09/burn-a-bush-michelle-obama-invites-rapper-common-to-a-poetry-reading/ 1 day ago

Great will have Gov Palin on tonight to discuss this issue. Clinton handled his sister soulah problem well l Obama and his wife did not.

I see huntsman was on the ball on this issue. speaking of being on the ball on the issue has huntsman the great hop of the GOp mentioned anything on this subject either?:

Removing the Boot from the Throat of American Businesses
by Sarah Palin on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 10:27am

President Obama has the opportunity to prove that he cares about keeping jobs for working class families in America. He can speak up about his appointees at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) who have their boots on The Boeing Company’s neck. Does the President support the rights of businesses and working class people in right-to-work states to make sound decisions without government regulatory agencies unfairly punishing them?

Does the President realize the real concern here is not that businesses will choose to locate in one state over another? It’s that businesses will choose to locate in other countries because thanks to the Obama administration’s job killing policies and over-reaching regulatory boards the business climate in the United States is growing toxic. South Carolina’s Senator Jim DeMint reminded President Obama that the President said in his State of the Union address: “We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business.” I agree with this sentiment, Mr. President. If we want to keep good paying jobs for working class families in the United States then you shouldn’t pit South Carolina against Washington state because eventually every state will suffer when businesses declare “enough is enough” with these tactics and decide to relocate in more business-friendly countries.

- Sarah Palin

TPAW brought it up in the debate on Thurs and I give him bonus points for doing it. Has huntsman or Mitch?

unseen on May 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Nobody wants to face the Orioles.

Pelosi delende est on May 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM

You all can do anything you want to me,
but please
oh please

don’t throw me in that briar patch.

CrazyGene on May 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM

BS…they fear Palin most, just look at how they reacted when they first saw her. That was total panic…climbing into septic tanks (without snorkels) and garbage cans.

Karmi on May 11, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Didn’t they do this with McCain?

CrazyGene on May 11, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Nobody wants to face the Orioles.

Pelosi delende est on May 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Or the Lions, or the Timberwolves or the Oilers or the University of Minnesota’s football team.

bw222 on May 11, 2011 at 8:42 PM

“Roast me! Hang me! Do whatever you please,” said Brer Rabbit. “Only please, Brer Fox, please don’t throw me into the briar patch.” …

Wethal on May 11, 2011 at 8:22 PM

That was the first thing that I thought of too.

darwin-t on May 11, 2011 at 8:43 PM

How stupid do DC Democrats think we are?

Solly on May 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM

As stupid as DC Republicans think we are.

rrpjr on May 11, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Listen up Øppressives and RINO’s. I’m voting for who you say is the most unelectable polarizing person because?

The Age of Reagan isn’t over! Capito?

Jayrae on May 11, 2011 at 8:44 PM

By the way, I really want to thank the RNC for having so many “Open” primaries next year.
Because with this field the Democrats and phony Indys won’t cause any trouble at all- no siree.

jjshaka on May 11, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Top Democrats in and outside the White House, speaking on background so they could be more candid…

There’s the tell. Seems odd to be compelled to remain anonymous on something as insignificant as this. Maybe they don’t want to identified because it’s so preposterous.

SlaveDog on May 11, 2011 at 8:48 PM

To all Beltway Politicians: BUTT OUT OF MY PARTY!!!

Rovin on May 11, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Are the Democrats going to file a class action suit if we don’t pick the right GOP candidate?

SlaveDog on May 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Because with this field the Democrats and phony Indys won’t cause any trouble at all- no siree.

jjshaka on May 11, 2011 at 8:45 PM

You know this might work against the dems since their base is so stupid THEY might believe the WH and think huntsman is the tough one and Palin is the easy one and thus vote for Palin…..LOVE IT…

unseen on May 11, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Huntsman is the Republican we fear most?

Sure, the Dems are frightened by Huntsman entering the race.

Jus’ like that ole briar patch gambit…

Pay no attention.

Or end up with yet another GOP candidate chosen for us by the media and the Dems.

coldwarrior on May 11, 2011 at 8:52 PM

We’re awake now. But, our candidates suck.

HornetSting on May 11, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Right . . . and as we all know, the moon is made of green cheese

rplat on May 11, 2011 at 8:54 PM

I suppose, when they look at a GOP hopeful by their criteria vis-a-vis Obama, Hunstman is dangerous.

But they’re dismissing – misunderestimating - out of ignorance – the actual people (because they can’t even imagine an outlook different) who would nominate the actual opponent.

Frankly, I wouldn’t take advice from an adversary. Hunstman is now radioactive.

JeffWeimer on May 11, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Top Democrats: Huntsman is the Republican we fear most

Suuuuuuuuure!

jnelchef on May 11, 2011 at 8:54 PM

coldwarrior on May 11, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Good to see you!..:)

Dire Straits on May 11, 2011 at 8:57 PM

coldwarrior on May 11, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Good to see you !..:)

Dire Straits on May 11, 2011 at 8:58 PM

It’ll be taken as a given that this is some sort of crude experiment in reverse psychology, aimed at convincing conservatives to nominate a guy who’s easy pickings for Obama in the general election instead of, oh, say, Michele Bachmann.

Maybe. They might very well be giving an honest opinion, however.

They don’t think like we do. To them, Huntsman represents the less objectional, least scary (in the “extremist” sense) Republican candidate. They could simply be projecting their own viewpoint onto the general electorate, assuming that if they find him more “reasonable” than the others, so will the voters.

I don’t think there’s a chance in hell of Huntsman winning the nomination, so it’s moot.

Hollowpoint on May 11, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Why do I get this mental picture of Darth Vader and the Emperor chortling that “Red Five” is the guy that scares the crap out of them the most?

Aitch748 on May 11, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Let me try this in a different perspective. If the Democrats — and I could use two or three names here, but I’ll just use one. And keep in mind I haven’t endorsed anybody. That’s not what this is. If the White House really thought that the biggest slam-dunk opportunity they had was Sarah Palin, that’s who they woulda said. But, no, they mention Huntsman. They mention Mitch Daniels. They want to pick our nominee. The media and the Democrats want to pick our nominee. You know what they know? They know that there are a lot of conservative Republicans who desperately hope that someday before they die the media will respect them. You know this is true. There are people on our side who desperately hope that before they die the media will give our side a fair shake. And that’s what they’re playing on
_RUSH

unseen on May 11, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Maybe. They might very well be giving an honest opinion, however.

Hollowpoint on May 11, 2011 at 9:00 PM

ROFL….sure sure

unseen on May 11, 2011 at 9:04 PM

OT But how d*mn dumb is Reid? This man is a lawyer? Does he even know what the Founders meant by “checks and balances”? Does he realize that the Founders were warning against Big Government?
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/267007/reid-cites-founders-defence-nlrb-andrew-stiles

He and Schumer and Pelosi should head off to Sunset Acres and enjoy their “golden years.” Their brain cells have already retired.

onlineanalyst on May 11, 2011 at 9:06 PM

He is the very most anti-abortion candidate (came very near complete illegalization in Utah) and he has the most sucessful pro-business record of any of them. He was rated as the top business governor by pew and either cato or forbes, I’ve seen both.

His only problems are: come out for civil unions instead of gay marriage… he signed on to the global warming thing… and he served as ambassador to China.

And he can give a speech with a smidge of charisma.

But since he only nominated Sarah Palin, his friend and fellow western state governor, to be John McCain’s running mate… instead of actually being Sarah Palin, he’s a RINO.

Of course.

Relax! He is only running for Secretary of State anyway, so calm down! Nobody is going to force you to vote for him!

petunia on May 11, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Top Democrats: Huntsman is the Republican we fear most

To that I say a rousing B.S.!!

Always know, and I mean ALWAYS, when a Democrat tells you he fears some Republican, he’s lying through his rotten teeth. He still thinks, somehow, that he’s going to influence Republicans to pick a weak candidate that can be easily dismissed.

HA! Some RINO, perhaps. Like THAT will ever happen!

Oh, wait…

Pilgrimsarbour on May 11, 2011 at 9:09 PM

By the way, I really want to thank the RNC for having so many “Open” primaries next year.
Because with this field the Democrats and phony Indys won’t cause any trouble at all- no siree.

jjshaka on May 11, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Every election cycle, the Republicans decide after it’s too late that the rules on primaries have to change, and then do nothing.

slickwillie2001 on May 11, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Oh, Huntsman made it much easier to own and carry a gun in Utah… on gun ownership Huntsman was too conservative for lots of Utahans! The NRA loves the guy.

He left office with a more than 80% approval rating. So when the fakers come on here and say he was unpopular, look at the approval ratings and ask what they are talking about.

petunia on May 11, 2011 at 9:13 PM

If somebody slapped a wig on that guy, wouldn’t he look just like that witchy Kathleen Sebilius twin sister?

MayorDaley on May 11, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Pilgrimsarbour on May 11, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Personally I as a conservative fear Obama the most. I hope the dems primary him so we don’t have to run against him. Because he is just so awesome…/

Obama is a politcal dead man walking. He got a 3pt bounce from the killing of America’s most wanter terrorist. He is under 50% the only way Obama wins is if we nominate some RINO that takes Obama’s record and policies off the table.

hmmmm Like Mitt that takes Obamacare off the table, or Mitch that takes tax increases and social issues off the table, or Huntsman that takes everything off the table….

unseen on May 11, 2011 at 9:15 PM

In Iowa, Conservative polling he gets 0.2% as opposed to Herman Cain’s 23.7%. He’s last on the tired old short list of Mitt, Newt, Santorum, Huckabee, Daniels, T-Paw, etc. Keep trying to push these no-name RINOs on us. Gotta feel the gaps left by McCain. I’m just glad we won’t have to deal with him again. Why on earth would you want to keep bringing in the same type of McCain substitutes. Don’t listen to AllahPundit. Democrats aren’t gonna tell you who they REALLY fear. Are you kidding me?

Sultry Beauty on May 11, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Oh my gosh at least do a wikki search before you comment!

The left has you exactly where they want you! They are so inside your heads….

Sorry he isn’t Sarah Palin, because then of course he would win…

petunia on May 11, 2011 at 9:17 PM

This is really one of the reasons I’m totally ready to vote for Obama if the GOP nominates someone like this.

The theory of the ruling class is that the great unwashed conservatives, such as myself – will go to the polls and vote for a “Huntsman” or a “Romney” because … “They are the lesser of the two evils”.

Not happening anymore.

Why? Because the GOP needs to be taught that that our votes shouldn’t be taken for granted – and – until we teach them this – they will never nominate a real Conservative.

If the GOP is mostly concerned with independent votes – very well. Let them have fun with that …

While Obama gets mine.

HondaV65 on May 11, 2011 at 9:18 PM

They don’t think like we do. To them, Huntsman represents the less objectional, least scary (in the “extremist” sense) Republican candidate. They could simply be projecting their own viewpoint onto the general electorate, assuming that if they find him more “reasonable” than the others, so will the voters.

Hollowpoint on May 11, 2011 at 9:00 PM

No, that describes Republican moderates. Democrats know pretty well the ones they can pummel in the general election.

pseudoforce on May 11, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Me too.

miConsevative on May 11, 2011 at 9:21 PM

He’s a centristy maverick with foreign policy chops — and you know how well those types do against Barack Obama in national elections

Yep, say John “Amnesty” McCain POS RINO. This is a ruse plain and simple. Besides the obvious reason why dumb-o-craps would want him to run what no one has brought up is that he is a Mormon. If he got the nomination that would rip him to shreds on that.

skanter on May 11, 2011 at 9:21 PM

3.1% swing. That’s all that matters.

OldEnglish on May 11, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Sorry he isn’t Sarah Palin, because then of course he would win…

petunia on May 11, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Not unless Conservatives will vote for him. And – we won’t.

Second point is – the next President will either save this nation or pilot it to the scene of the crash.

Huntsman, Romney, Daniels – they will simply oversee the crash – they don’t have what’s necessary to save the nation.

Might better start thinking in terms of WHO CAN SAVE THIS NATION from the course it’s on now … and a bit less on who’s the easiest to elect.

They said Ronald Reagan couldn’t be elected either – and it turns out – he was the greatest President of the 20th century.

All because a few rabid conservatives were willing to enthusiastically push forward a “reactionary” – “unelectable” – “out of touch” – “war mongering” – “simpleton” – CONSERVATIVE.

If we don’t get a REAGAN this election – this nation is doomed. May as well sit at home or do what I will do – send a protest vote to the GOP by casting in favor of Obama!

HondaV65 on May 11, 2011 at 9:23 PM

If you look up the word ‘distraction’ you will see ‘Huntsman’.

When you see ‘bipartisan’ you should read ‘Progressive’.

Thus Huntsman is a distracting Progressive.

I like his dad, he will give away his entire fortune to charity… he revolutionized the distribution of music via compilation albums so that he could make enough money to get into the business of revolutionizing the protection of food for distribution. See a plastic egg carton? Know the guy responsible? Huntsman Sr. Ditto all the easy to close cartons for fast food. A true captain of industry.

He hates politics, and would rather concentrate his time on curing cancer before giving all his money away to charity when he dies.

This son of his doesn’t hold a candle to the man and disappears in his footprints during a hot, dry summer walk.

ajacksonian on May 11, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Or end up with yet another GOP candidate chosen for us by the media and the Dems.

coldwarrior on May 11, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Oh, that’ll probably happen anyway. Half the people on this forum alone are prepared to pick a candidate based on how Gallup says independents feel about it.

pseudoforce on May 11, 2011 at 9:25 PM

OH OH, Look at THAT GUY! He is a businessman, He speaks Chinese fluently, He rocks Foriegn Policy…. Oh he is soooo suave!!!! PICK HIM!!!”

upinak on May 11, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Where is sheryl of the mittens thread?? She could drrol over this one too.

katy the mean old lady on May 11, 2011 at 9:29 PM

While Obama gets mine.

HondaV65 on May 11, 2011 at 9:18 PM

So, when did you discover the wonders of crack?

AUINSC on May 11, 2011 at 9:30 PM

I’m glad I’m a mindless lemming being led to cliff A, B, or C…

… What would I do without the Political Elite Ruling Class?

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2011 at 9:34 PM

That’s no problem for the GOP in 2012; disgust with Obama runs so deep that grassroots righties will be out in droves no matter who the pick is.

Wouldn’t bet on that AP.

davek70 on May 11, 2011 at 9:35 PM

So, when did you discover the wonders of crack?

AUINSC on May 11, 2011 at 9:30 PM

If the GOP isn’t going to run someone who will make a difference then why bother supporting them?

sharrukin on May 11, 2011 at 9:38 PM

That’s no problem for the GOP in 2012; disgust with Obama runs so deep that grassroots righties will be out in droves no matter who the pick is.

Uh-uh. Baaaaaad mistake to assume that.

pseudoforce on May 11, 2011 at 9:44 PM

If the GOP isn’t going to run someone who will make a difference then why bother supporting them?

sharrukin on May 11, 2011 at 9:38 PM

That’s a whole different thing than saying you are going to vote for Obama.

As bad as I think Huntsman would be…even he would be at least marginally better than Obama.

Voting for Obama, under any circumstances, is nuts…there is no way to justify it.

AUINSC on May 11, 2011 at 10:03 PM

I thought McCain was the one they feared the most?

Oh, that’s right, he was the Dem’s/media’s pick last time.

Let’s trust them again!

profitsbeard on May 11, 2011 at 10:03 PM

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