“Major announcement”: Huntsman endorsed by Jeb Bush … Jr.

posted at 4:42 pm on August 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

His campaign was so jacked about this that they sent out a press release yesterday touting a mysterious “major announcement” to come this morning in Florida. I spent 20 minutes on Twitter at the time tracking buzz that Jeb Bush might shock the world by backing Huntsman early, thereby lending him instant credibility in Florida and, by extension, New Hampshire. And if not Jeb, then at the very least, I figured, the mystery endorser had to be Charlie Crist. He’s perfectly matched to Huntsman politically and he is, after all, a former governor, which carries sway in-state even if you and I spit at the mention of his name. Whoever it was, it had to be someone big, if only because teasing political junkies with the thought of a Jeb endorsement would guarantee a backlash today if the mystery endorser didn’t match Jeb’s stature. It had to be.

But no.

Coming soon, presumably: The coveted Frank Sinatra Jr. endorsement.

With cellar-dwelling poll numbers and a campaign shake-up to boot, Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman plans a “major announcement” on Wednesday morning in South Florida: The endorsement of Jeb Bush Jr.

His campaign said Bush Jr. will serve as national co-chair of GenH, with the mission to reach out to young people. Also joining the campaign is Republican political strategist Ana Navarro, of Miami. Her title: National Hispanic Chairperson…

Chances are the endorsements won’t do much – in part because endorsements seldom make much of a difference.

But that’s especially true in the case of Huntsman, who has weathered a staff shakeup that leaves the campaign with more negative press clips than momentum.

He’s been sufficiently hapless and damaged thus far that I feel guilty kicking him for this, like one of those guys taking stuff out of that British kid’s backpack. But c’mon — Jeb Jr.? Reminds me of an old bit Robert Wuhl used to do about a charity concert he went to in New Jersey that promised an appearance from a “very special guest.” That had to mean Springsteen, right? Or at least Bon Jovi? No: It was Yoko Ono. Jeb Jr.’s not that bad, but he was already associated with the campaign and his 2008 endorsement of, er, Rudy Giuliani didn’t do much for Rudy in-state since it didn’t guarantee that his pop would follow suit. Which is to say, in no sense is this a “major announcement” unless you’re polling at two percent and pretty much resigned to it for the foreseeable future. He’d better make quite an impression tomorrow night.

Says Matt Lewis, “I can barely tolerate the real politicians at this point. I have zero tolerance for their ‘lucky sperm’ offspring.” Exit question: Is Huntsman going to make the cut for DeMint’s forum in South Carolina on the 22nd? Only candidates polling above five percent in the RCP average are invited. Actually, here’s a better question: Is Pawlenty going to make the cut?

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Slow news night?

NotCoach on August 10, 2011 at 4:44 PM

This is beyond pathetic.

meci on August 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM

On a scale of 1-10, how beta is this mind blowing announcement?

lorien1973 on August 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM

The Big Question: Has Chris Buckley weighed in on the GOP primary yet?

Cicero43 on August 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM

It was going to be Jeb Bush Senior, but S&P downgraded the endorsement at the last minute.

Fabozz on August 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM

The political elite ruling class sure do run in small circles…

… don’t they?

Seven Percent Solution on August 10, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Nephew of RINO president endorses RINO candidate who worked for Obama.

WOW!!!

angryed on August 10, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Breathlessly awaiting Meghan McCain’s endorsement…

Cicero43 on August 10, 2011 at 4:47 PM

My next door neighbor’s girlfriend endorsed him.

Akzed on August 10, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I wonder who Roger Clinton is supporting?

Oil Can on August 10, 2011 at 4:51 PM

He is hoping that confusion over the name will lead some to believe it was big Jeb who endorsed him.

crosspatch on August 10, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Huntsman’s next endorsement from Ron Reagan Jr.

Pffft!!!

Steve Z on August 10, 2011 at 4:52 PM

About as important as the Ronald Reagan Jr. endorsement.

portlandon on August 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Who is Sasha endorsing?

Ronnie on August 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM

That’s sad.

I mean, really.

INC on August 10, 2011 at 4:56 PM

This is a major disappointment. Jeb has acted like he might be someone to consider as a possible contender in the future. That is a fleeting thought now. Flush the RINOs and establishment republicans in 2012.

volsense on August 10, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Breathlessly awaiting Meghan McCain’s endorsement…

Cicero43 on August 10, 2011 at 4:47 PM

That endorsement will have all the effect of Bawney Fwank’s fart on national TV the other night.

pdigaudio on August 10, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Laughable.

Y-not on August 10, 2011 at 4:57 PM

This is only about one step up from being endorsed by Carl’s Jr.

Mark1971 on August 10, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Breathlessly awaiting Meghan McCain’s endorsement…

Cicero43 on August 10, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Wait not longer.

Kataklysmic on August 10, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Oh no, not another Bush. Sheesh! Will they ever just go away? Please Bushes, be gone. You’ve had two shots at POTUS. Both times you left us worse off: and to add insult to injury after ‘W’ left office your whole clan came out with statements that proved you are all just a bunch of out of touch elitists, oblivious to the damage you have caused and want to perpetuate. So show some real patrician class and just be gone. ALL of you. You guys are like the Kennedies, but with an IQ that reaches double digits instead of only a single digit.

No more Bushes. Ever.

JimP on August 10, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Lolz….

OmahaConservative on August 10, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Look who’s back on the bus…

Sarah Palin bus tour will be at Iowa State Fair this week!

idesign on August 10, 2011 at 5:02 PM

I have a bush in my front yard that might endorse him too. Wait, nope, it’s thorny bush, it’s waiting for someone with some BALLS to show up.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on August 10, 2011 at 5:03 PM

I didn’t even know there was a Jeb Bush, Jr. I had heard of George P., the son they’ve pushed into the limelight, but this is really reaching. I detest Huntsman. He needs Obama wrapped around his neck at every opportunity.

chris999 on August 10, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Who is?

MassVictim on August 10, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Jeb Jr. in the early running for Secretary of HHS, specializing in outreach to dead people.

Western_Civ on August 10, 2011 at 5:05 PM

WHO….endorsed by…WHO???

WHO CARES???

landlines on August 10, 2011 at 5:08 PM

My guess is that Huntsman will conveniently drop the Jr part of his name in any discussion soon after the announcement in order to maintain the confusion.

crosspatch on August 10, 2011 at 5:11 PM

RINOs Unite!!

shawk on August 10, 2011 at 5:11 PM

I was on pins and needles to see who this guy endorsed. Pins and needles I tell you.

Greek Fire on August 10, 2011 at 5:12 PM

“33 percent of children of the younger brother of the former President of the United States enthusiastically support the candidacy of Jon Hunstman.”

– The Huntsman Campaign Committee

Cicero43 on August 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

I heard from reliable sources that Stuart Finklebaum III plans to endorse Huntsman as well, perhaps as early as next week.

Vashta.Nerada on August 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

I guess he did not want to make a ‘controversial’ endorsement, so he chose to stay on the safe side by endorsing Hunstman-what’s-his-face…but then why bother, he could have simply chosen not to endorse anybody, more honest in my opinion…why the pretense, it is just lame and coward…

jimver on August 10, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Bout as important as my dog endorsing the telephone pole out on the street.

44Magnum on August 10, 2011 at 5:28 PM

WHO CARES???

landlines on August 10, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Sarah’s on the move.

http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/08/sarahpac-releases-new-video-always-proud.html

derft on August 10, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Good news for Huntsman and his supporters. Jeb Bush was a terrific governor of Florida.

You guys should be on the Huntsman bandwagon. He’s conservative, but at the same time, has big time electability.

Some of you will disagree with him on civil unions, immigration, and the environment, but on the whole, he’s pro-life, against gay marriage, pro-free trade, pro-flat tax, pro-gun (A rating from NRA), supports free market solutions to economic problems (see the Utah health-care plan, see his support for Paul Ryan), and according to the Pew Research center, Utah was the best managed state in the country, while he was governor. Forbes magazine listed Utah as the 2nd best state for business in 2007 and 2008.

The notion that he’s a RINO or a liberal, is unbelievably false.

Frank T.J Mackey on August 10, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Frank T.J Mackey on August 10, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Just another reason to oppose Huntsman. His supporters can’t read.

NotCoach on August 10, 2011 at 5:36 PM

NotCoach on August 10, 2011 at 5:36 PM

What in the world does that mean?

Frank T.J Mackey on August 10, 2011 at 5:40 PM

What in the world does that mean?

Frank T.J Mackey on August 10, 2011 at 5:40 PM

“This is not the Jeb Bush you are looking for.”-Obi Wan “Sometimes People Have Children Named After Themselves” Kenobi

In other words, junior varsity is not varsity.

NotCoach on August 10, 2011 at 5:44 PM

NotCoach on August 10, 2011 at 5:44 PM

I understand that he’s at 2% in the polls, and nobody really knows who he is, other than “He’s the guy who worked for Obama.” But getting endorsed by a well-known and popular figure is a major step in the right direction.

Frank T.J Mackey on August 10, 2011 at 5:50 PM

The only Jr. whose endorsement could swing real votes (and millions of them) is that of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

I didn’t know there even was a Jeb Bush, Jr.

And I am not happy about that revelation.

I would prefer that the Bush family not procreate further.

I have had enough of them.

It’s like the Kennedys or the Chinese army.

They just keep coming at you.

molonlabe28 on August 10, 2011 at 5:53 PM

He is hoping that confusion over the name will lead some to believe it was big Jeb who endorsed him.

crosspatch on August 10, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Yep, I 100% agree. Pretty cynical, I know, but less desperate politicians have been known to do worse. And Huntsman is one desperate dude.

I wonder, though why he doesn’t switch parties and run in a primary against Obama. That is SURE to thrust him into the limelight and I am pretty sure he will get the support of “moderate Democrats”. Or those political species don’t exist?

TheRightMan on August 10, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Frank T.J Mackey on August 10, 2011 at 5:50 PM

*facepalm*

Was George H. W. Bush’s real name Jeb Bush? Cause that would make the former governor of Florida Jeb Bush Jr. I guess. Wait, Jeb Bush isn’t a Jr.? So who is this Jr. who endorsed Huntsman? Hmm, that’s a tricky one.

NotCoach on August 10, 2011 at 5:58 PM

I would prefer that the Bush family not procreate further.

molonlabe28 on August 10, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Actually, it would be fine, as long as all the kids from here on out are girls — Jenna and Barbara seem to be doing okay.

Mary in LA on August 10, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Thank you RINO/Progressive/BigGov lovin Bush Fam for letting us know who you like.

I’ll give that appropriate consideration.

Okay, no thanks. NEXT!!!

PappyD61 on August 10, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Huntsman hears a WHO?

phreshone on August 10, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Kiss…of…death…

Hard Right on August 10, 2011 at 6:22 PM

When will Huntsman recognize that he is a joke, an unfunny joke?

GaltBlvnAtty on August 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM

ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz…..*thunk*

NY Conservative on August 10, 2011 at 6:46 PM

My next door neighbor’s girlfriend endorsed him.
Akzed on August 10, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Shhhh! They wanted to maximize the impact by delaying the REALLY major announcement until the week before the Iowa Caucus.

logis on August 10, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Has he secured the coveted Paris Hilton endorsement yet?

Khun Joe on August 10, 2011 at 6:59 PM

When will we hear from Barbara and Jenna Bush, and Chelsea Clinton?

Bigfoot on August 10, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Chinese sources report a pending endorsement by Won Hung Lo.

Bugler on August 10, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Who’s Huntsman and why should we care who endorses him?

Dandapani on August 10, 2011 at 8:30 PM

When will Huntsman recognize that he is a joke, an unfunny joke?

GaltBlvnAtty on August 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM

When will HotAir recognize that Huntsman is a joke, and stop running his campaign?

MassVictim on August 10, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Do you have to be a multi millionaire to be President? If you tossed out every professional politician and elitist prick currently sitting, it would be a start in the right direction. Then get term limits for all, make being a politician a noble avocation instead of a corrupting sleazy vocation.

BL@KBIRD on August 10, 2011 at 10:24 PM