Huntsman on McCain’s endorsement of Romney: “Nobody cares”

posted at 4:30 pm on January 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

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?

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Mike Huntsman is right, but nobody cares.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Lolz! Ain’t that the truth…

OmahaConservative on January 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Huntsman on McCain’s endorsement of Romney: “Nobody cares”

That’s the first time I’ve agreed with him.

BacaDog on January 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

I was hoping for this! The McCain endorsement of Romney gives Newt a new life!

NOMOBO on January 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

“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.”

Wow. I actually agree with Huntsman about something?

sharrukin on January 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Now all we need is for Bob Dole and Carl Rove to weigh in.

fourbten on January 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

That’s the first time I’ve agreed with him.

BacaDog on January 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Ditto…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Oh, I wonder if McCain called Huck to see if endorsing Romney was alright with him.

BacaDog on January 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

he keeps up comments like that and he might get more than 10 votest this time!

SDarchitect on January 4, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Second look at Huntsman?

lorien1973 on January 4, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I was hoping for this! The McCain endorsement of Romney gives Newt a new life!

NOMOBO on January 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

If you had said a new Wife I would have found it more believable.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 4, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I would think that hard core conservatives would love to see Hunstman stay in the race. The only candidate that he would pull votes from is Romney, and his sheer unintentional comedy factor is off the charts.

Seriously, what could New Hampshire conservatives do more to upset Romney than rally behind Hunstman? Anyone?

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on January 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Now he just needs Sharon Angle and Christine O’Donnell’s endorsements to get the “Great Trifecta of Losers” award.

inthemiddle on January 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

The world on Huntsman’s candidacy: Nobody cares.

Philly on January 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

O.K. Allahpundit, you’re a smart guy; Obviously you must understand that it doesn’t matter if McCain “likes” Romney, or if any of us think he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. HE CAN WIN. There is no one else. All the snide comments aren’t going to produce the magical conservative candidate, either. I guess you’ve forgotten what an ass Santorum has made of himself at every debate, he can’t keep his cool to save his life.

BettyRuth on January 4, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Huntsman is just a bitter dude because nobody likes him. Still a pretty funny comment though.

Roymunson on January 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Huntsman is a douche.

EnochCain on January 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM

You can get all the Doles and McCains in the world as Romney probably will, but in the end, nobody cares.

I love it. This guy would absolutely kill as a political pundit. Give him his own show on Fox and make his brunette daughter the cohost. Ratings gold.

Kataklysmic on January 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM

The world on Huntsman’s candidacy: Nobody cares.

Philly on January 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

I care… :( (sniff, sniff, tear, tear)

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on January 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Second First look at Skip Huntsman?

lorien1973 on January 4, 2012 at 4:34 PM

My version.

BuckeyeSam on January 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM

if I was Romney, I’d tell McCain to keep his opinions and endorsements to himself. he’s the kiss of death to someone trying to portray themselves as conservative

burserker on January 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Meghan cares because daddy McCain does.

Fletch54 on January 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Great news folks:offical GOP historic loser endorses next historic GOP loser.

As the drunk who fell off the fiftieth floor said when he woke up the next morning in a dumpster full of garbage, “Boy,….that’s one heck of a party.”

Don L on January 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Nothing better for true conservatism than a loser backing another loser.
Go Santorum or any true conservative.
No RINOs need apply
According to Andrea Mitchell Iowa doesn’t count because its too white, too evangelical and too rural.
How does Andrea like her “crow”, plain or with foot in mouth.

Art on January 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

I don’t know about you folks, but I’m taking a second look at Randy Huntsenberger.

/

Key West Reader on January 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Seriously, what could New Hampshire conservatives do more to upset Romney than rally behind Hunstman? Anyone?

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on January 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

I’ll bite…they could both agree with each other

DanMan on January 4, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Well, keep in mind John McCain did surge from New Hampshire on during the previous Primary/Caucus Season…

The Nerve on January 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Great– just as I was willing to accept Romney, freak show McCain has to blow it for me.

leftnomore on January 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

True, but if Meghan McCain’s nephew endorses Romney, he’s a shoe-in.

The Rogue Tomato on January 4, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I love it. This guy would absolutely kill as a political pundit. Give him his own show on Fox and make his brunette daughter the cohost. Ratings gold.

Kataklysmic on January 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Or any of his daughters for the eye candy, ooops I meant co-host.

D-fusit on January 4, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Meghan cares because daddy McCain does.

Fletch54 on January 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Some how I doubt Huntsman’s daughters have a hard time getting their face out of the trough like Meggie McBigMac does.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 4, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Now that’s what I’m talking about. Paul Huntsman for Prez!

WisRich on January 4, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I guess you’ve forgotten what an ass Santorum has made of himself at every debate, he can’t keep his cool to save his life.

BettyRuth on January 4, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Betty, with all due respect, if you recall all of the debates prior to the Iowa Caucus Santorum never had more than 2 minutes to speak. Let him speak now and hear what he has to say.

I’m not saying he can take it all the way, but…. he deserves an ear or two.

/Pardon the pun about the “ear or two..”

Key West Reader on January 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

McCain’s endorsement: Mitt and John looking into a two-way mirror.

Logus on January 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Huntsman is what nobody cares about – obviously.

ObamatheMessiah on January 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Wasn’t Huntsman an early and vocal supporter of McCain in ’07? He’s probably feeling burned.

fed-nad on January 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

That McCain endorsement speech in full:

And therefore, I believe that Governor Romney will be able to beat Barack Obama with his clear convictions and his vision for America, which are based on his solid and unshaking values. Just as I did, back in 2008.

Actually, Senator McCain did have something intelligent to say about Romney back in 2008 – but he apparently changed his mind about this, too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU1LXBNxlDw

Captain Obvious on January 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Meggers is the official mouthpiece of clan McCain now. The irrelevance is complete.

Christien on January 4, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Art on January 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

the irony of the statement really comes home when you realize Obama held an electroninc townhall congratulating Iowans for setting him in motion during the caucus and Debbie Wabbie was on TV this morning talking about how powerful Iowa was for dems…they cover all bases don’t they?

DanMan on January 4, 2012 at 4:43 PM

McCain was one of the fascists behind the NDAA that gives Obama the right to violate the most fundamental Constitutional rights of America citizens by holding them indefinitely without trial. As far as I’m concerned his endorsement is another reason to vote against Obama/Romney.

FloatingRock on January 4, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Chas Huntsman says what?

I don’t care either.

VibrioCocci on January 4, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Some how I doubt Huntsman’s daughters have a hard time getting their face out of the trough like Meggie McBigMac does.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 4, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Oh no you din’t! :-X

Key West Reader on January 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

It appears the lines between what should be inner and outer dialogue befitting a presidential candidate are a bit fuzzy on planet Huntsman.

MessesWithTexas on January 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Finally! Huntsman said something I actually agree with. You can throw the rest of it in the garbage, though. The only reason I held my nose and voted for McCain was PALIN!! Even considering the consequences, I will not hold my nose again. If the Republican establishment jams RINO Romney (aka Obama-Lite) down our throats this time, well, this country deserves what happens. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, and MARK MY WORDS, the minute, theminute RINO Romney gets the nomination, Axlerod will begin the rather quick death bu a thousand cuts by coordinating NON-STOP MSM reporting on “Racism Throughout Mormon History,” and RINO Romney is done even before he gets started. Nice going, Republicrat establishment!!?!

Colatteral Damage on January 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Great– just as I was willing to accept Romney, freak show McCain has to blow it for me.

leftnomore on January 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

..how would you feel if Mumbles McCain had NOT endorsed Romney?

The War Planner on January 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Romney’s already the establishment candidate

Allahpundit on Jan 4, 2012 4:30 PM

From this day forward, NO ONE can ever say that allahpundit and apocalypse have never agreed on anything as we agree on that.

apocalypse on January 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Now he just needs Sharon Angle and Christine O’Donnell’s endorsements to get the “Great Trifecta of Losers” award.

inthemiddle on January 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Christine Odonnell already DID endorse Flopney! Flopney draws the ignorant, dishonest, and easily manipulated like a pile of feces draws flies.

Daikokuco on January 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

All politicians are flip floppers. As long as they become more conservative..who cares?

therightwinger on January 4, 2012 at 4:45 PM

All politicians are flip floppers. As long as they become more conservative..who cares?

therightwinger on January 4, 2012 at 4:45 PM

That’s not true. Bachmann and Ron Paul aren’t.

FloatingRock on January 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

The Pillsbury Doughboy’s endorsement is the Kiss of Death for Mittens.
Might as well have Obama endorse you, no difference.

Kini on January 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Nobody cares that Huntsman said nobody cares.

Bishop on January 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Obviously Huntsman cares very much.

Ronnie on January 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I misread the headline. I thought it said “McCain endorses Ho Chi Minh”.

CorporatePiggy on January 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM

“It seems the more establishment piles on, Dole, McCain, all the rest, nobody cares. Nobody cares about this.

First thing I have heard Pretty Boy say that I agree with. McCain? Who cares other than Palin.

they lie on January 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Who’s betting Huntsman would have loved the endorsement?

rubberneck on January 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Second look at Huntsman?

lorien1973 on January 4, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Coming from you lorien…

… be still, my heart. :-)

Abby Adams on January 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Obama Appointing 3 Nominees to Fill Out Stalled Labor Board, Get Around GOP

Fox News Alert!

D-fusit on January 4, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Love it… Newt going nuclear and Hunstman w/ comedy relief on Mitt. Maybe the rest of this race won’t be so bad…

davek70 on January 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I’m starting to Warm to Huntsman. His anti-Romneyness is full of WIN.

portlandon on January 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Gingrich and Huntsman need to find a little sandbox and cry together. Neither of them are acting very presidential at the moment.

Ronnie on January 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Romney’s already the establishment candidate, so the McCain seal of approval really does him no harm.

Except it doesn’t help all the Romneybots here who keep trying to tell us “he’s not McCain!!”

mankai on January 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM

A Democrat endorsing a Democrat… no big deal.

mankai on January 4, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Who’s betting Huntsman would have loved the endorsement?

rubberneck on January 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Of course he would. He’s probably made a dozen phone calls to the guy he supposedly doesn’t care about.

Ronnie on January 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

FloatingRock on January 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

You’re right.

Herr Doktor is just a liar.

Unless you count his five different stories on the newsletters, then yeah, not a flip-flopper at all. /

catmman on January 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Speaking of who cares. I’m listening to that doofus Dick Morris on Hannity and he is so stupid, I don’t know why anyone would ever listen to his advice or analysis. He says Newt attacking Romney is going to help Romney. Are you sucking on some ho’s toes, Dick?

they lie on January 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Could Huntsman get a surge just in time for NH, the state he has gone all in on? Saturday’s debate is going to be interesting on so many levels.

Kataklysmic on January 4, 2012 at 4:52 PM

McCain looks like he just rolled up on his HoverRound from his Nursing Homes Arts & Crafts class.

portlandon on January 4, 2012 at 4:52 PM

“My friends…”

Seven Percent Solution on January 4, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Does anyone else feel the need to vomit? As a conservative, there is no one I despise more than Juan McCain. Except maybe his annoying irrelevant offspring. There was once a 1% chance I would vote for Mitt but now I can’t.

crowmangler on January 4, 2012 at 4:53 PM

“John McCain is like corn…”

Ronnie on January 4, 2012 at 4:53 PM

With all of Huntsman’s remarks I finally see what he is doing. He is aiming for VP – to replace Biden.

Oleta on January 4, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Warren Huntsman is still running?

Who knew.

AZCoyote on January 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Okay, watched the clip, and McCain’s endorsement doesn’t mean a thing, although, I have to say that the only one with any enthusiasm was John McCain.

Can conservatives win the war with the Establishment? Congrats to Bachman for knowing when to drop out, but someone got to Perry to stay in to continue to split the vote. I hope Newt can stay strong when he gets the call. It would be the sign of a true leader.

lea on January 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

One stiff endorses another? Zzzzzzzzzz…

Ward Cleaver on January 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Debbie Wabbie was on TV this morning talking about how powerful Iowa was for dems…they cover all bases don’t they?

DanMan on January 4, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Debbie Wasserface Schlitz is a twit.

squint on January 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

We’ll win some of you over yet. You know he speaks the truth.

Huntsman 2012!

Abby Adams on January 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Love it!

Zcat on January 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Meg “Reverse Genetics” McCain I think influenced her papa. He has not had a clue for years!
Huntsman? I had to agree with Huntsman? OMG!

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Colatteral Damage on January 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Where will you and your family move when America falls into Tyranny and Marxism and Socialism?

Key West Reader on January 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM

OMG. Romney in blue jeans is as bad as seeing Obama in his Mom jeans.

LOL.

portlandon on January 4, 2012 at 4:57 PM

“My friends…”
Seven Percent Solution on January 4, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Do that with a nice, healthy wheeze and you gotter down pat.

Key West Reader on January 4, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Hunstman is truly the one and only 1%er in America, as that is where he consistently polls. Bachmann had enough sense to bow out and she consistently had 5 times the support Huntsman gets.

OxyCon on January 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

…oh, and Huntsman is the only candidate who never got the “not-Mitt” poll bounce. Tells you something.

OxyCon on January 4, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Colatteral Damage on January 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM
Where will you and your family move when America falls into Tyranny and Marxism and Socialism?

Key West Reader on January 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Hey! I thought you had a bunker too!

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2012 at 4:59 PM

King of RINOS endorses another potential king of RINOs

social-justice on January 4, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Politician in Mom Jeans

One size fits all!

Key West Reader on January 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM

We’ll win some of you over yet. You know he speaks the truth.

Huntsman 2012!

Abby Adams on January 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

That dog won’t huntsman.

VibrioCocci on January 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I’d love to see Utah do Huntsman what Iowa just did to Bachmann. Disown them.

HiJack on January 4, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Huntsman got this one right.

lonestar1 on January 4, 2012 at 5:01 PM

it’s just so hilarious that he says nobody cares about iowa, nobody cares about mccain, and yet the real thing nobody cares about is… him.

Sachiko on January 4, 2012 at 5:01 PM

if I was Romney, I’d tell McCain to keep his opinions and endorsements to himself. he’s the kiss of death to someone trying to portray themselves as conservative

burserker on January 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Well, Palin was his running mate…

Zetterson on January 4, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Who’s Brian Huntsman?

trigon on January 4, 2012 at 5:03 PM

They say Jebs son might be even smarter than the smartest of the less smart Bushes.

BL@KBIRD on January 4, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Romney’s already the establishment candidate, so the McCain seal of approval really does him no harm.

Wrong. It helps wavering conservatives realize Mittens is a certified member of the old establishment.

PatrickHenry599 on January 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Colatteral Damage on January 4, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Where will you and your family move when America falls into Tyranny and Marxism and Socialism?

Key West Reader on January 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM

If there was a good answer to that question, there would be a major depopulation of the U.S.

But his points are good. To wit: 1) Romney is Obama-lite, 2) the MSM will eviscerate him.

Dole, McCain, Romney…. same old, same old. We’re not going to get out of this mess unless we do something really different.

With OBAMA ruling by decree now, we’re in for a really tough row.

CrazyGene on January 4, 2012 at 5:05 PM

First look at Huntsman?

HerneTheHunter on January 4, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Here is what Mr Gingrich should do now.
Use McCain’s own words about the “decent” and “good man” Obama,
to ridicule the relevancy of McCain in 2012,
but precede that statement with headlines about Obama releasing taliban from gitmo, Obama canoodling with the muslim brotherhood and of course Obama running guns for mexican drug cartels to kill Americans and take away our rights .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTMloaj6b68

burrata on January 4, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Hey! I thought you had a bunker too!

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Well, I’m sort of living in a state that is considered below sea level. I don’t live in a pineapple under the sea…. yet.

Key West Reader on January 4, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Did You Know…

… Jon Huntsman is the only presidential candidate to fully support Paul Ryan’s budget plan?

Abby Adams on January 4, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Right Huntsman . . . when you are at less than 1% on every poll in the entire free world, you can say anything you want and it will be entirely without affect.

rplat on January 4, 2012 at 5:07 PM

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