Made me laugh, even though (a) Maverick won New Hampshire twice so clearly some voters do care; (b) a candidate who can’t crack 13 percent in a state to which he’s completely committed probably shouldn’t goof on anyone else for being marginal; (c) this is a guy who once sent out not one but two press releases touting a “major endorsement” that ended up coming from … Jeb Bush’s son.
Still, needling McCain is an evergreen pleasure.
“I have great regard for Sen. McCain. I love the man. But it’s another example of establishment piling on,” Huntsman told reporters at Globe Incorporated, a first-responder fire suit manufacturer today.
“It seems the more establishment piles on, Dole, McCain, all the rest, nobody cares. Nobody cares about this. I mean, none of the endorsements that Romney picked up have been a thing in terms of how people respond, because the people are looking for a new generation of leadership. They’re looking for a new approach to problem solving in this country. You can get all the Doles and McCains in the world as Romney probably will, but in the end, nobody cares.”
Romney’s already the establishment candidate, so the McCain seal of approval really does him no harm. As for Huntsman, “nobody cares” was also his response to the election results last night in a swing state for which he’d be competing with Obama as nominee. Why he persists in insulting Iowa and now the sort of establishment Republicans whose help he’d need in the general election, I simply don’t know. Either he’s written off his chances of going all the way and is now aiming for a moral victory over Romney in New Hampshire or he’s arrogantly dismissive of his political opponents as a rule. Doesn’t bode well for any eleventh-hour reconciliation between him and the conservative base before South Carolina and Florida, does it?
But never mind that. The real fun of the McCain endorsement is getting to revisit all the nasty things Maverick said about Romney three years ago. Go read Jake Tapper’s post and enjoy a stroll down memory lane, replete with phrases like “a$$hole” and a “f!@#%ng phony.” Gingrich’s Super PAC, meanwhile, is now showcasing the second clip below, which first ran as a web ad in 2008 for — ta da — the McCain campaign. Exit question: Who’s going to include this golden moment from the last election in a New Hampshire ad first, Gingrich or Huntsman?