Huntsman: inside and outside

posted at 8:40 am on June 20, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Writing for the Gray Lady, Jim Rutenberg spins a yarn regarding the future of soon-to-be presidential candidate Jon Huntsman which makes the author a more interesting story than the candidate. It starts off blithely enough, describing Huntsman as being simultaneously a “Washington outsider” and someone who has worked inside the administration.

But that’s not the only contradiction offered. Rutenberg is quick to portray Huntsman as a backstabbing ingrate who caught his former boss totally off guard when he decided to try to replace him.

Mr. Huntsman’s decision prompted a mix of suspicion and resignation among the president’s advisers: suspicion that Mr. Huntsman had not always been straight about his national aspirations, and resignation that, as one presidential strategist put it, “There’s no loyalty in politics,” especially when it comes to across-the-aisle alliances.

Fair enough. It’s a charge we’ve seen before, though some of the wind is taken out of the theory’s sails every time Barack Obama gets in front of a microphone and repeats his witty one liners about what a good job Jon did. But the author isn’t content to let those particular sleeping dogs lie, going on to put forth the opposite argument later in the article.

Mr. Obama’s decision to name Mr. Huntsman his ambassador to China in 2009 was hailed by members of both parties as another act of political wizardry, a chance to show that the president was trying to infuse his administration with a bipartisan spirit.

The president’s aides had by then identified Mr. Huntsman, a rising star of the Republican Party, as a potentially strong opponent in 2012. And Mr. Obama’s team basked in accolades among political strategists for taking Mr. Huntsman out of the mix and packing him off some 7,000 miles away.

So which is it? Either you were surprised that he decided to run for president or you sent him to China specifically because you were worried that he was a “rising star” who was going to run for president. You can’t really have it both ways.

All of the video clips making the rounds showing President Obama praising Huntsman will certainly be widely employed ammunition for the rest of the GOP field. But in the unlikely event that he somehow nabbed the nomination, those same clips would hobble the president in the general election. It would be fairly hard to start questioning the man’s credentials after heaping that kind of praise on him.

In the end, this is probably just an early indicator that the media is beginning to pay more attention to Huntsman as a possible contender, even if most of the conservative base isn’t. But if they’re looking to build a case against him, they’re going to need to do a bit better than this.

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Run Palin against Obama she loses

Run Huntsman against Obama he might win

simple as that

TimeTraveler on June 20, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Writing for the Gray Shady Lady…

FIFY

Shy Guy on June 20, 2011 at 8:45 AM

That has got to be the strangest looking pose of Huntsman and his wife. It looks like she’s peeking over his shoulder because he left her behind or something.

mizflame98 on June 20, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Well morning Joe crew think he’s the cats meow

cmsinaz on June 20, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Well morning Joe crew think he’s the cats meow

cmsinaz on June 20, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Yeah, well I don’t know about you but I always vote based on who Mika adores.

mizflame98 on June 20, 2011 at 8:48 AM

TimeTraveler on June 20, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Still in a dream state this morning I see. here is a quick question what’s the difference between Obama and Huntsman? So why does it matter who wins between the two?

unseen on June 20, 2011 at 8:50 AM

In 2009, when Huntsman was named ambassador, the media called him a “GOP frontrunner for 2012″ even though most GOP’ers had never heard of the man. The administration praised themselves for bipartisanship as well as taking out a potential 2012 rival.

How on earth can anyone claim surprise that Huntsman is running for the 2012 GOP nomination?

myrenovations on June 20, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Huntsman appears to be a “mole”. The left is prioritizing their beatable GOP contenders.

rplat on June 20, 2011 at 8:51 AM

If conservatives abandon the GOP for a third party, then Hunstman might become a contender. Until then he’s a middling establishment stooge with no shot.

flyfisher on June 20, 2011 at 8:51 AM

the more votes huntsman takes the less mitt has…So of course i want huntsman to run. And do better than timmy.

unseen on June 20, 2011 at 8:54 AM

At least we know the preferred Democrat Republican nominee of the liberal media.

Grunt on June 20, 2011 at 8:54 AM

So which is it? Either you were surprised that he decided to run for president or you sent him to China specifically because you were worried that he was a “rising star” who was going to run for president. You can’t really have it both ways.

Eh. I’ve known a couple of gals who play roulette by placing a bet each on both black and red. That way, they reckoned, they’ll win something — ‘cept for when the ball lands on the green 0 or 00.

I wonder if the 0 or 00 comes up on Rutenberg’s double bet; might there be a third option totally missed? I believe it’s a word that starts with a “C” and ends in a “oincidence.”

apostic on June 20, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Has it been 4 days??? I gots ta know!!!

Dongemaharu on June 20, 2011 at 8:56 AM

His wife is hawt, and he’s got great hair……UNFORTUNATELY, he’s a GOP Obama and Medvedev has already given his endorsement today to the DOTUS.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.183747070ebaeb0aaf1c700ebe1075ce.b21&show_article=1

sorry Jon.

PappyD61 on June 20, 2011 at 8:57 AM

mizflame98 on June 20, 2011 at 8:48 AM

LOL! Yep, she’s a valuable endorsement alright.

Cindy Munford on June 20, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Jon Huntsman = John Anderson (1980)

HondaV65 on June 20, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Why is there so much inside the beltway buzz about Huntsman? I swear, I don’t get what’s so threatening about him.

Dongemaharu on June 20, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Run Palin against Obama she loses

Run Huntsman against Obama he might win

simple as that

TimeTraveler

I hope they believe that.

Knott Buyinit on June 20, 2011 at 9:02 AM

The GOP candidates to the leftist NYT are little more than a shooting galley to be taken down one at a time.

Which explains their frustration with Sarah of Bus fame -they can’t hit a moving target.

And to think that our forefathers entrusted this bunch of constitution haters with the role of protecting it.

It’s like letting Bill Clinton and Weiner babysit your cute teenage daughters – the purest of follies.

Don L on June 20, 2011 at 9:04 AM

The MSM is schizophrenic right now. Some of them want to build up the “moderates” so the Republicans will deliver another McCain, others fear “moderates,” believing they have a chance against Zero. Others can’t keep out their hatred of conservatives, and still others build up the “loony fringes” like Bachmann so they can bring them down later.

It’s too early for them to decide on a strategy.

Aardvark on June 20, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Run Palin against Obama she loses
America loses

Run Huntsman against Obama he might win.
America loses.
simple as that

TimeTraveler on June 20, 2011 at 8:43 AM

I’d rather lose an election with a principled fight and go down swinging for Conservative values that might save this country than choose the continued push to drive America back into the 18th Century.

If we lose the fight, and America chooses Obama then so be it.

PappyD61 on June 20, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Yikes, that is a terrible picture of the Huntsmans. They’re all teeth. I don’t know much about his record but, to me, Huntsman oozes phoniness. He’s a GOP John Edwards.

RedRedRice on June 20, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Jon Huntsman = John Anderson (1980)

HondaV65 on June 20, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Oooh, that brought on a grave-like chill.

However, Anderson didn’t stop Reagan.

apostic on June 20, 2011 at 9:09 AM

PappyD61 on June 20, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Agreed. I would rather lose and not compromise my beliefs than vote for who the media or GOP establishment thinks I should vote for. Principles matter, at least to some of us.

If Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann are “unelectable” but still represent the closest supporter of the ideals I hold dear, I will vote for them every time. Popularity doesn’t trump character for me.

search4truth on June 20, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Run Palin against Obama she loses
Run Huntsman against Obama he might win
simple as that

TimeTraveler on June 20, 2011 at 8:43 AM

The only thing simple is your mind. They only way Huntsman wins the GOP nomination is if 8 other candidates all die. And if he then won the Presidency, he might as well try to name Obama his VP. Huntsman is a clownish liberal – to call him a RINO would be a grave injustice to self-respecting RINOs everywhere.

Jaibones on June 20, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Huntsman is the perfect candidate for the republican party by the mainstream media as well as the demonrats. Huntsman is just another empty suit which gives him the same qualifications as Obuma.

volsense on June 20, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Mizflame98 forgot to add the sarc tag….they rave about him on a daily basis….be won’t make it past the 1st primary methinks

cmsinaz on June 20, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Another politician that abdicates his elected position and then expects to get a second chance? No thanks.

csdeven on June 20, 2011 at 9:16 AM

They only way Huntsman wins the GOP nomination is if 8 other candidates all die.

Shhh. Let’s not give Hollywood any ideas. That sounds like a premise for one of those bad comedies that pretends it’s smart. I can see them casting Adam Sandler for it already…..

apostic on June 20, 2011 at 9:18 AM

The bottomline for me is that Jon Huntsman is about as exciting as a hardened glob of melted candle wax stuck to the side of a wick.

pilamaye on June 20, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Thank you, Red Red Rice, my thought exactly. He doesn’t seem to have a boat load of accomplishments. What has he done to earn a living, you know work for a living in the real world?

Kissmygrits on June 20, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Between the love letter to Obama and the staffer who said that Republicans aren’t ready to be a national leadership party, I’m afraid my view has been skewed. I like someone self confident but he seems a bit to proud of himself for my taste. Sort of an Obama with documentation.

Cindy Munford on June 20, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Well, I guess the Chinese will like him ???

stenwin77 on June 20, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Run Palin against Obama she loses

Run Huntsman against Obama he might win

simple as that

TimeTraveler on June 20, 2011 at 8:43 AM

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Palin is the ONLY conservative !

Palin is the ONLY one who can beat Obama.!

stenwin77 on June 20, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Huntsman as a candidate is a “creation” of his team, the media, etc., just like Obama was a “creation”.

If you see the LSM going for Huntsman, you should know he is the default candidate in case Obama goes south. Both are being created by Soros and his ilk. Why do you really think Obama chose him to be Ambassador? What other time has Obama ever done anything remotely fair for a Republican or given a Republican a leg up? OK – Bob Gates . . . but that was more to appease the right with regards to the military situation.

I want a conservative to run, not a RINO global warmist.

Greyledge Gal on June 20, 2011 at 9:44 AM

BTW, Jazz – the reason Obama would praise Huntsman is the same reason he praises Mitt Romney for his creation of Romneycare. It keeps the issue (Huntsman quit me to run for the other side, Mitt’s healthcare was my model) up front with the voters.

Greyledge Gal on June 20, 2011 at 9:46 AM

The only thing simple is your mind. They only way Huntsman wins the GOP nomination is if 8 other candidates all die. And if he then won the Presidency, he might as well try to name Obama his VP. Huntsman is a clownish liberal – to call him a RINO would be a grave injustice to self-respecting RINOs everywhere.

Jaibones on June 20, 2011 at 9:11 AM

this^ Huntsman has as much a shot as Johnson and Roemer combined.

NY Conservative on June 20, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Yikes, that is a terrible picture of the Huntsmans. They’re all teeth. I don’t know much about his record but, to me, Huntsman oozes phoniness. He’s a GOP John Edwards.
RedRedRice on June 20, 2011 at 9:07 AM

They look like a real-life version of Barbie & Ken.

I dismissed him on the basis of having worked for the Obama Administration. That to me is a nonstarter.

turfmann on June 20, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Huntsman supposed to be a smaller RINO than Romney?

What part of “not going to vote for a RINO” are they not understanding?

Roy Rogers on June 20, 2011 at 10:02 AM

They look like a real-life version of Barbie & Ken.
I dismissed him on the basis of having worked for the Obama Administration. That to me is a nonstarter.
turfmann on June 20, 2011 at 9:49 AM

My thoughts exactly! Ick.

Working for this administration disqualifies anyone vying for the GOP nomination. If he wants to primary Obama, then go for it.

conservative pilgrim on June 20, 2011 at 10:06 AM

the more votes huntsman takes the less mitt has

I’m not sure that Huntsman is competing for the Mitt votes. That may be his intention (he hates Mitt), but I have yet to meet a single Utahn who supports Huntsman. And, in a head-to-head POTUS poll earlier this year, Mitt out-polled Huntsman 3:1 amongst Utah Republicans. I think he’d be taking votes away from Giuliani, should he run, or possibly from Pawlenty.

Huntsman, Sr. is a beloved and respected figure in the LDS Church and in Utah. Huntsman, Jr. is not. He spends a lot of time distancing himself from the LDS Church and has a reputation for being cravenly ambitious and opportunistic. The best thing he did for Utah was picking our current governor, Herbert, as his Lt. Gov.

Y-not on June 20, 2011 at 10:07 AM

I’m waiting for Transportation Secretary and great Republican Ray LaHood to announce his candidacy.

cartooner on June 20, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Jon Huntsman looks like a girl.

Connie on June 20, 2011 at 10:16 AM

What part of “not going to vote for a RINO” are they not understanding?
Roy Rogers on June 20, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Apparently all of it. But that is the way of a dying elite.

rrpjr on June 20, 2011 at 10:24 AM

So which is it? Either you were surprised that he decided to run for president or you sent him to China specifically because you were worried that he was a “rising star” who was going to run for president. You can’t really have it both ways.

I was tempted to do a “Yes we can” joke, but it is possible to have it both ways.

It seems that one of the main reasons Huntsman was appointed Ambassador to China was the assumption that it would keep an immensely popular (77.7% re-election in a bad year for the GOP) and acclaimed centrist Governor from seeking the Republican party’s nomination in 2012.

Amongst other things, this prevented Huntsman from participating in the so-called invisible primary. And they assumed he would be too loyal to run against his boss and that he’d wait until 2016.

Since his hiring was a nakedly political decision, I don’t see why Huntsman has any obligation to be loyal to Obama.

Mister Mets on June 20, 2011 at 10:36 AM

What part of “not going to vote for a RINO” are they not understanding?
Roy Rogers on June 20, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Apparently all of it. But that is the way of a dying elite.

rrpjr on June 20, 2011 at 10:24 AM

I believe the plan is to force a choice between a RINO who might throttle down spending, and Obama who’s trying to blow up the economy.

The conservative base is expected to just suck up and vote for whoever is the nominee, because we have no choice.

Somehow, I don’t think it’s going to work out that way….

tom on June 20, 2011 at 10:38 AM

That dog don’t hunts, man.

(Sorry.)

Bruno Strozek on June 20, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Huntsman is to be fought. Let him be ambassador but not our president. He is a big government type.

GardenGnome on June 20, 2011 at 10:41 AM

I’m not sure that Huntsman is competing for the Mitt votes. That may be his intention (he hates Mitt), but I have yet to meet a single Utahn who supports Huntsman.

Y-not on June 20, 2011 at 10:07 AM

I would think the same type voters would be attracted to each man, but that may not hold in Utah. They seem a lot alike to me.

Also, I keep hearing people say that Jon hates Mitt, but is that really true? I’ve never seen anyone explain the beef. Plus, aren’t Jon and Mitt cousins? Then again, Romney’s great-grandfather had five wives and his great-great-grandfather had twelve, so Romney has lots of cousins, so the familial relationship may be rendered meaningless.

flyfisher on June 20, 2011 at 10:55 AM

I’m waiting for Transportation Secretary and great Republican Ray LaHood to announce his candidacy.

cartooner on June 20, 2011 at 10:12 AM

LMAO.

Jaibones on June 20, 2011 at 11:02 AM

I’d rather lose an election with a principled fight and go down swinging for Conservative values that might save this country than choose the continued push to drive America back into the 18th Century.

If we lose the fight, and America chooses Obama then so be it.

PappyD61 on June 20, 2011 at 9:04 AM

I know I’m ready for four more years of economic and national decline! PURITY ’12! /

Punchenko on June 20, 2011 at 11:08 AM

A Huntsman nomination means 4 more years of what we’re enduring now, and possibly worse. Either Obama wins, and more of the American public gets to learn just how big a mistake it is to vote for Socialism, or Huntsman wins, and the Republicans get to share the blame, and all the “independents” and “moderates” remain confused imbeciles, and the period of national decline gets extended by an undefinable length of time.

Therefore, I’m certain that Huntsman will be declared “electable” by the media and the Establishment GOP. And every one of you who votes for him against your conscience will be a fool. Don’t do it.

Freelancer on June 20, 2011 at 11:14 AM

In 2009, when Huntsman was named ambassador, the media called him a “GOP frontrunner for 2012″ even though most GOP’ers had never heard of the man. The administration praised themselves for bipartisanship as well as taking out a potential 2012 rival.

How on earth can anyone claim surprise that Huntsman is running for the 2012 GOP nomination?

myrenovations on June 20, 2011 at 8:51 AM

They’re trying to have it both ways. If Huntsman agreed to be an ambassador, it took him out of the running for president. If he resigned and ran for president, then they could hit him for treachery. And of course, either way, Huntsman would lose support from the conservative base, who had no intention of voting for someone that cozy with Obama.

All cynical calculations, of course. But Huntsman doesn’t stand a chance, anyway, so it’s all for naught.

tom on June 20, 2011 at 11:20 AM

He’s a GOP John Edwards.

RedRedRice on June 20, 2011 at 9:07 AM

He looks like he sells used ambulances.

phreshone on June 20, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Run Palin against Obama she loses

Run Huntsman against Obama he might win

simple as that

I wish more people would see that.

Reagan Republican on June 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM

I wish more people would see that.

Reagan Republican on June 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM

I wish the 127 Huntsman supporters weren’t so stupid and disoriented as to think that he is the only alternative to a person who isn’t even running for the nomination.

You’ll need to find a new candidate to support if you aren’t voting for Obama … because Huntsman is going nowhere.

Jaibones on June 20, 2011 at 11:48 AM

The fact the media will put together articles like this one, in defense of one side, and with negativity towards the other, is a major issue.

Why are WE, Conservatives AND “Liberals” alike, not protesting this crap?!?

Why are WE not boycotting their products?!?!

Why are we allowing the Communists to operate so openly and with such effect, against our society???

KMC1 on June 20, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Wake me when he breaks 5% in a poll of republicans…

phreshone on June 20, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Between the love letter to Obama and the staffer who said that Republicans aren’t ready to be a national leadership party, I’m afraid my view has been skewed. I like someone self confident but he seems a bit to proud of himself for my taste. Sort of an Obama with documentation.

Cindy Munford on June 20, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Great post but I can’t stop laughing at the last line. “Sort of an Obama with documentation.” Hilarious.

Geochelone on June 20, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Anybody noticed how Huntsman looks like Don Knotts?

Aronne on June 20, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Aronne on June 20, 2011 at 12:56 PM

No.

Punchenko on June 20, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I wish the 127 Huntsman supporters weren’t so stupid and disoriented as to think that he is the only alternative to a person who isn’t even running for the nomination.

You’ll need to find a new candidate to support if you aren’t voting for Obama … because Huntsman is going nowhere.

Jaibones on June 20, 2011 at 11:48 AM

You’re probably right. Huntsman is too qualified to be a Republican presidential nominee. The guy speaks a second language — fluently! — which totally disqualifies him.

Punchenko on June 20, 2011 at 1:09 PM

I wish the 127 Huntsman supporters weren’t so stupid and disoriented as to think that he is the only alternative to a person who isn’t even running for the nomination.

You’ll need to find a new candidate to support if you aren’t voting for Obama … because Huntsman is going nowhere.

How is it that it’s always the most ignorant who accuse others of being stupid?

Reagan Republican on June 20, 2011 at 1:32 PM

I wish the 127 Huntsman supporters weren’t so stupid and disoriented as to think that he is the only alternative to a person who isn’t even running for the nomination.

You’ll need to find a new candidate to support if you aren’t voting for Obama … because Huntsman is going nowhere.
How is it that it’s always the most ignorant who accuse others of being stupid?

Reagan Republican on June 20, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Excellent question. Huntsman is a good conservative, a smart guy, and could expose Obama for the know-nothing that he is.

Punchenko on June 20, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Botched the quote, RR.

I wish the 127 Huntsman supporters weren’t so stupid and disoriented as to think that he is the only alternative to a person who isn’t even running for the nomination.

You’ll need to find a new candidate to support if you aren’t voting for Obama … because Huntsman is going nowhere.

Fixed.

How is it that it’s always the most ignorant who accuse others of being stupid?

Reagan Republican on June 20, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Punchenko on June 20, 2011 at 1:41 PM

I’m sure HA has enough idiot RINO commenters to keep this mouse turd of a former Obama employee alive on this site.

TexasJew on June 20, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Excellent question. Huntsman is a good conservative, a smart guy, and could expose Obama for the know-nothing that he is.

Huntsman is more conservative than Reagan. Thank goodness the the GOP nominee will not be chosen by the no-nothings on this board.

Reagan Republican on June 20, 2011 at 1:54 PM

who does their teeth

ploome on June 20, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Huntsman is more conservative than Reagan.
Reagan Republican on June 20, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Yeah, that’s the ticket. What a shill. Nice moniker, though — you’re really fooling people. Like, you know, all those “no-nothings”.

rrpjr on June 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM

I’m sure HA has enough idiot RINO commenters to keep this mouse turd of a former Obama employee alive on this site.

TexasJew on June 20, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Is General Petraeus a mouse turd? He works for Obama and will be the next CIA Director. Petraeus is a good, smart man , too, but is an Anti-American Traitor, in your book, b/c he happens to have Obama as his boss.

Punchenko on June 20, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Huntsman is more conservative than Reagan. Thank goodness the the GOP nominee will not be chosen by the no-nothings on this board.

Reagan Republican on June 20, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Huntsman is the most conservative of those running, doesn’t smack of crazy, and is qualified to be president. Everyone I know has soured on Palin and Rick Perry is too Dubya-esque and lacks gravitas. The guy was hootin’ and hollerin’ like a frat boy during his RLC address.

Punchenko on June 20, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Punchenko on June 20, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Then sally forth as one of the proud 3%. You’re not conning anybody around here shilling this princeling RINO lickspittle.

rrpjr on June 20, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Is General Petraeus a mouse turd? He works for Obama and will be the next CIA Director. Petraeus is a good, smart man , too, but is an Anti-American Traitor, in your book, b/c he happens to have Obama as his boss.

Punchenko on June 20, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Huntsman volunteered to work in Obamaland and Petraeus is military. That’s apples and oranges, Einstein.
Huntsman has about as much chance of getting the Republican nomination as Bigfoot. The only push Huntsman is currently getting is from the Pubbie-hating MSM. One crappy MSM-driven McCain-style election in a decade is enough. We got Obama in the White House now because McCain was too busy kissing up to the MSM, so they did their duty.

Your boy here is DOA. He’s not going anywhere.

TexasJew on June 20, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Donks: “Oh no! Not Huntsman! Anything but that: he’ll destroy Obama!”

MSM: “Oh no! Not Palin! Anything but that: she will be destroyed by Obama!”

My assessments the truth-telling tendencies of the Donks and the MSM (birm) lead me at assume both are lying.

drunyan8315 on June 20, 2011 at 2:59 PM

You’re probably right. Huntsman is too qualified to be a Republican presidential nominee. The guy speaks a second language — fluently! — which totally disqualifies him.

Punchenko on June 20, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Crappy troll

TexasJew on June 20, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Huntsman volunteered to work in Obamaland and Petraeus is military. That’s apples and oranges, Einstein.

The CIA is not the military, Einstein. It is a job Petraeus VOLUNTEERED FOR as he is retiring from the Army. Bob Gates stayed on as well to serve his country as SecDef. Serving your country under Obama does not make one Anti-American and certainly should no disqualify either Huntsman, Petraeus, or Gates from being a Republican candidate for any office. They love their country, want to serve their country, and felt they were qualified for the job.

Huntsman has about as much chance of getting the Republican nomination as Bigfoot. The only push Huntsman is currently getting is from the Pubbie-hating MSM.

Huntsman is conservative on just about every issue; is a smart guy who is more than qualified; he can speak well, and he has a bit of money that can make him competitive against Romney and Obama. Yes, he can get the nomination and win the general.

One crappy MSM-driven McCain-style election in a decade is enough. We got Obama in the White House now because McCain was too busy kissing up to the MSM, so they did their duty.

We got Obama in the White House now because McCain was a weak candidate and an even more so weak leader. McCain lost because of the economy and because of the eight years of Bush.

Punchenko on June 20, 2011 at 3:58 PM

You’re probably right. Huntsman is too qualified to be a Republican presidential nominee. The guy speaks a second language — fluently! — which totally disqualifies him.

Punchenko on June 20, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Crappy troll

TexasJew on June 20, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Stop picking know-nothing candidates and giving me four more years of Obama. How is that for being a “crappy troll”? Not everyone wants the GOP primaries to look like an episode of Celebrity Apprentice this time around, OK? Vote for someone who has a skill set other than speaking in platitudes.

Punchenko on June 20, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Punchenko on June 20, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Your lazy slurs at other candidates most especially Palin and vapid hosannas and vaunted assurances of electability regarding something called a “Huntsman” (whoever that is beyond someone who speaks another language, presumably other than RINO) are not inspiring or winning converts. Most of these candidates — exemplified in non-pareil fashion by Palin — have been putting themselves on the line for some time, fleshing out issues and challenging Obama in hard detail, rather than kissing Zero’s as* while wormily angling for better opportunities with Daddy’s money. So pound sand, pal.

rrpjr on June 20, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Huntsman-Obama
2012

Obamatrix on June 20, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Huntsman will be good
CNN, PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS says so

They said the same about McCain

Obamatrix on June 20, 2011 at 5:33 PM

It’s crazy that a man like Huntsman can’t get a fair hearing while wackos and has-beens like Bachman, Cain, Palin and Gingrich are celebrated.

Reagan Republican on June 20, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Obamatrix on June 20, 2011 at 5:33 PM

look at the guy’s resume he served under Reagan.

TimeTraveler on June 20, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Your lazy slurs at other candidates most especially Palin and vapid hosannas and vaunted assurances of electability regarding something called a “Huntsman” (whoever that is beyond someone who speaks another language, presumably other than RINO) are not inspiring or winning converts. Most of these candidates — exemplified in non-pareil fashion by Palin — have been putting themselves on the line for some time, fleshing out issues and challenging Obama in hard detail, rather than kissing Zero’s as* while wormily angling for better opportunities with Daddy’s money. So pound sand, pal.

rrpjr on June 20, 2011 at 4:53 PM

I haven’t said one bad thing about Palin nor have I made “lazy slurs” about her. What is a “lazy slur”, anyways?

… vapid hosannas and vaunted assurances of electability regarding something called a “Huntsman” (whoever that is beyond someone who speaks another language, presumably other than RINO) are not inspiring or winning converts.

Yes, I do believe I am entitled to state my support for a candidate as you are or anyone else posting on HA. I do like Huntsman — he was a conservative governor, a two-time ambassador, a deputy trade rep., and worked in the Reagan Admin. Yes, he speaks a second language which is a plus — especially considering it is the language of the people who keep loaning us money. How supporting a candidate based on his or her qualifications is a “vapid hosanna” is beyond me.

I am sorry I am not inspiring you, but I can’t drone on and on in platitudes.

Most of these candidates — exemplified in non-pareil fashion by Palin — have been putting themselves on the line for some time, fleshing out issues and challenging Obama in hard detail…

I would like to see these candidates. All I see is a gaggle has-beens addled by platitudes or incapable to look remotely presidential (with the exception of Gingrich, but I’m not voting for Gingrich and no, he doesn’t come across as presidential). If you want to vote for Hermann Cain, Bachmann, Santorum or Romney — hey, that’s your right, man. I’m not voting for that cast nor am I going to shut up because I happen to like Huntsman so far which, as anything else, can always change.

…rather than kissing Zero’s as* while wormily angling for better opportunities with Daddy’s money.

That’s ridiculous. Huntsman’s thank you letter exhibits class — the same kind of class W. and Mrs. Bush showed when the Obama’s became the new occupants of the White House. Huntsman will have the opportunity to address why he resigned as ambassador and I am sure it is a good reason considering what is happening here and overseas after a few years of the Obama Administration.

So pound sand, pal.

No, I thank I will stick around and make the case for the candidate(s) I support. Oh, and I am going to have the decency and respect in not telling other commenters to go “pound sand” because I disagree with them.

Punchenko on June 20, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Huntsman is not running to be president. Huntsman is a team player. Huntsman is running for exposure as a member of the election circuit. Huntsman knows it is Romney’s turn. Huntsman accepts the New Liberal Lion, McCain, who believes he is running the show when it is Scott as Kerry’s inside man to corporatist head Romney.

CNN are corporatists so they are all in for Romney as the electioneering debate proved. Bachmann hired CNN’s Rollins to get onboard the approved election circuit as she is running for vice president. A tie vote in the Senate could have play in the next administration. Again, Huntsman is a team player and didn’t crash Romney’s ball and narrative of Romney as debutant despite his election circuit worn shoe appearance and odor.

Huntsman is Kevin Rudd. *shudder* Huntsman is running for Secretary of State in the next administration. Huntsman is expendable to the DC GOP except for his guarantee to keep Hillary Clinton’s foggy bottom/USAID staff for Russia as he will get his own for Asia. Huntsman promises to align China to world peace when the Euro fails. Huntsman is a One World Government through cell phone banking linguist. I hope he fails and so must we all.

FeFe on June 21, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Scanning through this thread… deciding…

Huntsman can be the new Ron Paul.

apostic on June 21, 2011 at 4:20 AM