Oh my: Boston Globe endorses … Huntsman

posted at 8:50 pm on January 5, 2012 by Allahpundit

Dude, it’s time. No more delays, no more excuses.

UNLEASH HUNTSMANIA.

Among the candidates, only two stand out as truly presidential, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. Both have track records of success, and both, through their policies and demeanors, have shown the breadth of spirit to lead the nation. But while Romney proceeds cautiously, strategically, trying to appease enough constituencies to get himself the nomination, Huntsman has been bold. Rather than merely sketch out policies, he articulates goals and ideals. The priorities he would set for the country, from leading the world in renewable energy to retooling education and immigration policies to help American high-tech industries, are far-sighted. He has stood up far more forcefully than Romney against those in his party who reject evolution and the science behind global warming…

Romney, of course, has taken pains to distance himself from much of his administration. Now, he campaigns in a way that gives little indication of the kind of president he would be. His attacks on Obama are so hyperbolic – the president favors European-style socialism, apologizes for America, doesn’t understand the vision of the Founding Fathers – that they say nothing about his own viewpoint; most likely, he’s trying to stir up enough dust to suggest a passionate denunciation of Obama without offering a disciplined critique or alternative course. When he vows to “get rid of ObamaCare” and trim programs like the National Endowment for the Arts he’s merely checking boxes on the GOP playlist. One has to look at his policy papers and speeches to try to glean a truer sense of his platform.

His detailed economic plan contains some good, if limited, ideas. One can imagine that he would be a hands-on steward of the national economy, with more than the usual presidential expertise. That counts for a lot, and is the core of Romney’s credibility. His foreign policy ideas, however, show none of the same wisdom. Backed by a team including many Bush-era hawks and neoconservatives, Romney offers bellicose language about Iran, forceful denunciations of Chinese currency manipulation, and unyielding – and entirely uncritical – support for Israel. At a time when most of Washington is inching toward bipartisan trims in defense spending, Romney is proposing an improbably ambitious expansion of the Navy.

Without personal experience to guide him, Romney is catering to the most vocal constituencies in the national-security wing of the GOP. As in other areas, such as his Robert Bork-led advisory panel on judicial policies, Romney’s ultimate intentions aren’t clear. Is this for real? Both his supporters and detractors suspect that behind the conservative scaffolding is a data-driven moderate who will make practical compromises. But the way Romney has run his campaign, it’s impossible to tell.

Follow the link for stirring passages about how wise Huntsman was to accept stimulus money for Utah, plus the big silver-lining conclusion where they seem to anticipate that he’ll lose in New Hampshire anyway but “could still make Romney a better candidate.” Way to sell him to conservative voters, Globers. Even so, this piece is big news simply because of the media buzz it’ll draw tomorrow. If anything’s going to get Huntsman a second look from undecideds, a day’s worth of “Romney’s hometown paper endorses rival!” headlines will do it. His biggest problem with voters generally — not with the base specifically, but with the entire electorate — is the sense that he can’t win. Having the biggest newspaper in the northeast go to bat for him might move the Overton window a bit.

Now, explain something to me. If they’re trying to sink Romney in a Republican primary, why would they go out of their way to speculate in that boldfaced part that … he might sincerely have moved right? You know exactly how Mitt’s going to spin that. The first question at the debate Saturday night will be, “Governor Romney, why did the biggest newspaper in the state you governed for four years endorse another candidate?” And the answer inevitably will be, “Because I’m far too conservative for a paper as liberal as the Boston Globe.” And, per this editorial, that’ll be … sort of true! I can only figure that the Globe thinks Romney’s already fatally compromised among conservative voters, in which case it’s more important to make the pro-Huntsman pitch to centrists and independents by suggesting that Mitt’s now a right-winger himself or will be captured by righties once in office. After all, if New Hampshirites are starved for a more conservative alternative, they’ve got Gingrich or Santorum. Might as well try to peel away votes from Mitt on his other flank too.

Exit fun fact: The Globe didn’t endorse Romney in 2007 either. They endorsed McCain, who did in fact go on to win New Hampshire.


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His foreign policy is decent. I’d think he’d do well in that realm.

But everything else? No f’ing way. Jim Huntsman would be a disaster domestically. Plus he has a really off putting demeanor.

Nelsen on January 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM

O/T,WTH-WTF!?
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Could Typo Rewrite Caucus History?
Caucus Vote Counter Says Romney Mistakenly Given 20 Votes
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POSTED: 4:44 pm CST January 5, 2012
UPDATED: 6:30 pm CST January 5, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa — Caucus night was chaotic in many places, with hundreds of voters, candidates showing up and the throngs of media who followed. The world’s eyes were on Iowa. But in the quiet town of Moulton, Appanoose County, a caucus of 50 people may just blow up the results.

Edward True, 28, of Moulton, said he helped count the votes and jotted the results down on a piece of paper to post to his Facebook page. He said when he checked to make sure the Republican Party of Iowa got the count right, he said he was shocked to find they hadn’t.

“When Mitt Romney won Iowa by eight votes and I’ve got a 20-vote discrepancy here, that right there says Rick Santorum won Iowa,” True said. “Not Mitt Romney.”

True said at his 53-person caucus at the Garrett Memorial Library, Romney received two votes. According to the Iowa Republican Party’s website, True’s precinct cast 22 votes for Romney.

“This is huge,” True said. “It essentially changes who won.”
(More…………………..)
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http://www.kcci.com/news/30144582/detail.html

canopfor on January 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Here I was doubting my support of Romney with the McCain endorsement the other night, but this news gives me some reassurance that I made the right selection.

The Count on January 5, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I swear to you, when I cajoled my 16yo daughter into watching a debate with me, one of her first comments was “who’s the creepy guy with the goofy eyebrow?”

peski on January 5, 2012 at 9:30 PM

peski, somehow I don’t think those are the first words we’d like to hear out of anyone’s mouth when it comes to who is leading our country. And you know youth, they have such an uncanny knack for telling it like it is…….;)

soulmate on January 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Heh. I wonder if this liberal rag know that Huntsman is actually more conservtive than Mitt, at least in the bills he signed in UT?

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 5, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Vote Arrivederci “Nutcracker” Huntsman
…or he’ll come to your house.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 5, 2012 at 9:45 PM

“When Mitt Romney won Iowa by eight votes and I’ve got a 20-vote discrepancy here, that right there says Rick Santorum won Iowa,” True said. “Not Mitt Romney.”

http://www.kcci.com/news/30144582/detail.html

canopfor on January 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM

That will be interesting!

sharrukin on January 5, 2012 at 9:45 PM

It is quite amusing to see the Boston Globe back someone who is a strong pro-life candidate. Usually the killing of the unborn trumps everything for the Left.

McDuck on January 5, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Maximus Huntsman for the win…!

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Seven Percent Solution on January 5, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Mark “Global Warming” Huntsman has butchered this campaign about as badly as Perry has.

Nelsen on January 5, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Breaking: Boston Globe Subscriptions Up by 1 Tonight.

TXUS on January 5, 2012 at 9:48 PM

That is how you know liberals are really scared of Romney…lol. This is the best news in a long time.

Chudi on January 5, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Umm, the Boston Globe doesnt have any republicans on staff. Of course they are not going to endorse a republican, so they endorse the guy that is confused about his party affiliation.

paulsur on January 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Actually they do have one in their Opinion Corral, namely Jeff Jacoby.

I don’t even read their Sports section any more. After Peter Gammons left it went to hell. Dan Shaugnessy is a flaming…

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 9:51 PM

This is as bad as being endorced by Jennie Garafugugly.

Rod on January 5, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Romney’s biggest nightmare would’ve been if the Globe had endorsed him.

TXUS on January 5, 2012 at 9:52 PM

That will be interesting irrelevant!

sharrukin on January 5, 2012 at 9:45 PM

FIFY

alchemist19 on January 5, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Breaking: Boston Globe Subscriptions Up by 1 Tonight.

TXUS on January 5, 2012 at 9:48 PM

The Glob’s Owner, the NY Times, announced this week that the daily (Monday thru Saturday) edition of their fine publication will now cost $2.50.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 9:53 PM

canopfor on January 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM
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That will be interesting!

sharrukin on January 5, 2012 at 9:45 PM

sharrukin:You bet,Mittens boinked up my Santorum win prediction,
curses!:)

canopfor on January 5, 2012 at 9:59 PM

The political elite ruling class sure does love picking our candidates…

… Don’t they?

Seven Percent Solution on January 5, 2012 at 10:00 PM

So a liberal newspaper likes Huntsman best of all the GOP candidates…. and in other news: Water is wet.

thatsafactjack on January 5, 2012 at 10:01 PM

John “I’m smarter than you ha-ha” Huntsman cracks me up. Captain Condescension just can’t help himself to put down Iowa, put down conservatives, put down global warming non-believers and anyone else who doesn’t agree with him.

My dog has more conservative values than Hunstman.

My dog’s name is Carter.

rgrovr on January 5, 2012 at 10:02 PM

To quote Huntsman “Nobody cares”

sheryl on January 5, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Oh dear lord in high heaven, when will this nightmare end?

Major props to Allah. He saw this coming weeks ago.

Purple Fury on January 5, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Romney’s biggest nightmare would’ve been if the Globe had endorsed him.

TXUS on January 5, 2012 at 9:52 PM

I thought The Globe did endorse Romney. Correct me if I am wrong but didn’t Meggy Mac endorse Mitt a few weeks ago?

Frobenius on January 5, 2012 at 10:02 PM

THANK YOU BOSTON GLOBE! Because of you, we Massachusetts Conservatives (all five of us) now know to whom we can turn to best represent our interests! I don’t know what we’d do without your sage-like guidance!

BRunner on January 5, 2012 at 10:05 PM

canopfor on January 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Deyam, just like a liberal to try and steal an election!

they lie on January 5, 2012 at 10:07 PM

The Glob’s Owner, the NY Times, announced this week that the daily (Monday thru Saturday) edition of their fine publication will now cost $2.50.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 9:53 PM

So, for almost $800 per year, such a measly sum, I could raise my intelligence quotient, not to mention my stature among the elites. And, I’d get Maureen Dowd and David Brooks and Tom Friedman on a weekly basis, to boot. Oh my, sign me up!

But, what about the other 99%? Surely, the Times has got a give away program for them, so they can get this unique publication, too. They do care about the poor and homeless and the other losers in life’s lottery, don’t they?

TXUS on January 5, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Thank heavens it was Nash Huntsman the Globe endorsed!

Slainte on January 5, 2012 at 10:11 PM

If I’m not mistaken, one of the Globe’s Senior Editors, who also moonlights as the now-Senior US Senator from MA, didn’t exactly get along too well with Mister Mitt while he was Governor.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 10:13 PM

morning joe will be ABSOLUTELY GIDDY tomorrow am…eh canopfor?

cmsinaz on January 5, 2012 at 10:15 PM

TXUS on January 5, 2012 at 10:11 PM

NYT Sunday Edition is now $6.00 (a buck less in The City)

Most of the weight is gone; 10 years ago the NYT Sunday Edition weighed at least 2 pounds. Now it’s much slimmer.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 10:16 PM

My dog’s name is Carter.

rgrovr on January 5, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Please be advised that you have been reported to the pertinent pet abuse authorities for naming your dog, God love him, after the 2nd worst president in our nation’s history. Soon, it is hoped, your dog will be liberated from your possession, and re-named. Shame on you.

TXUS on January 5, 2012 at 10:16 PM

That will be interesting !

sharrukin on January 5, 2012 at 9:45 PM

FIFY

alchemist19 on January 5, 2012 at 9:53 PM

FIBFY I think it would be sweet.

Bmore on January 5, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Heh. I wonder if this liberal rag know that Huntsman is actually more conservtive than Mitt, at least in the bills he signed in UT?

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 5, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Exactly… Wierd huh?

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on January 5, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 10:16 PM

So, that brings the total cost of buying the NY Times every day of the week to almost $1,200 per year. And, they wonder why they’ve got a diving subscribership and financial problems. Typical liberal management concepts: When you’ve got falling revenues, raise the cost (tax) on your subscribers (taxpayers). Only a matter of time before we toast their total demise.

TXUS on January 5, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Mark “Global Warming” Huntsman has butchered this campaign about as badly as Perry has.

Nelsen on January 5, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Sadly, you are too correct… What might have been for Gentlemen Johnny.

Oh well, I’m still all in – You said it AP, HUNTSMANIA 2012!!!

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on January 5, 2012 at 10:29 PM

The Glob’s Owner, the NY Times, announced this week that the daily (Monday thru Saturday) edition of their fine publication will now cost $2.50.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2012 at 9:53 PM

$15.00 per week? Geez, and I thought the price of Charmin was expensive.

Flora Duh on January 5, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Eh, probably makes no difference, for two reasons.

First, in my experience newspaper endorsements don’t amount to all that much. Oh, sure, they help, but probably less than personal endorsements from well liked figures, and even those do not necessarily have tremendous impact.

The second reason it won’t have much impact, is because the polling data suggests that unlike Iowa, there aren’t that many undecideds left in New Hampshire. Oh sure, there are a few, and I could see this driving some of them to Huntsmen, but as far ahead as Romney is a couple percentage points would make no effective difference.

This MAY however, hurt Santorum. Any undecideds that go into the Huntsmen camp, are that many less undecideds that Santorum can recruit. In new Hampshire Santorum needs every vote he can possibly get. A disappointing showing in New Hampshire, say, coming in behind Ron Paul or Huntsmen, would destroy much of the momentum Santorum got out of Iowa. He’ll NEED all the momentum he can get for South Carolina. The demographics there aren’t as favorable to him, and he does not have time to campaign like he did in Iowa.

Not that we can really rule anything out at this point, but people really shouldn’t kid themselves. If Romney does indeed take New Hampshire handily, and a strong candidate does not immediately emerge to combat him in South Carolina the nomination WILL essentially be over. Simply put, it’d be REALLY hard to stop that kind of momentum, even under the best conditions, so half-hearted attempts aren’t likely to do it.

WolvenOne on January 5, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Huntsman is far too long winded a speaker to win the race.

netster007x on January 5, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Wow. What a relief. I was wondering when my liberal betters were going to weigh to tell me what to think.

ghostwriter on January 6, 2012 at 12:10 AM

I wonder if he he comes in a decent second in NH will conservatives actually unite with Huntsman in SC to stop Romney?

TimeTraveler on January 6, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Obama voters agree…Republicans should vote for Tad Huntsman.

GrrandpaCaligula on January 6, 2012 at 1:04 AM

So, for almost $800 per year, such a measly sum, I could raise my intelligence quotient, not to mention my stature among the elites. And, I’d get Maureen Dowd and David Brooks and Tom Friedman on a weekly basis, to boot. Oh my, sign me up!

But, what about the other 99%? Surely, the Times has got a give away program for them, so they can get this unique publication, too. They do care about the poor and homeless and the other losers in life’s lottery, don’t they?

TXUS on January 5, 2012 at 10:11 PM

$15.00 per week? Geez, and I thought the price of Charmin was expensive.

Flora Duh on January 5, 2012 at 10:35 PM

The prices for home delivery are definitely high, but that’s not the way most people read the paper anyway. If you just want to read the NYT online, the rates are pretty reasonable: $30/month for website and smartphone access, and half that for students and seniors.

The editorial page aside, there’s lots of valuable newsgathering going on there that few organizations (print or otherwise) have the ability to pull off these days. Most papers now have *no* international reporting of their own (they just publish AP/AFP/Reuters stuff) while the NYT continues to send reporters and photographers to just about every hotspot around the globe. They had guys in Tahrir Square for weeks, remember? Not sure how they can charge less for their content with this kind of commitment to foreign coverage, and it’s not like there are other organizations that are superseding them on this front.

wiz on January 6, 2012 at 1:15 AM

What kind of dumb@$$ sits around the house, waiting for a few JournoListers to tell him how to vote?

MNHawk on January 6, 2012 at 6:16 AM

there’s lots of valuable newsgathering going on there that few organizations (print or otherwise) have the ability to pull off these days.

Heh. Not every news organization can extract $30-$70 per month from enough chumps to send out Walter Durantys to every corner of the globe.

MNHawk on January 6, 2012 at 6:19 AM

Maybe the Globe remembered what John McCain had to say about Mitt Romney awhile back:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IS33Hkgnls4

heh

Czar of Defenestration on January 6, 2012 at 6:35 AM

My concern with Mitt Romney is that he’s helping the Obama presidential ticket machine, you know, this unscrupulous, gimmicky scheme that it is. The one to be the most prepared to face this thuggery, this scheme that someone’s going to have to face, is Jon Huntsman.

richardporter on January 6, 2012 at 7:07 AM

My concern with Mitt Romney is that he’s helping the Obama presidential ticket machine, you know, this unscrupulous, gimmicky scheme that it is. The one to be the most prepared to face this thuggery, this scheme that someone’s going to have to face, is Jon Huntsman.
richardporter on January 6, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Someone forgot their meds this morning. Or did we simply forget the /sarc? Huntsmania lives! ;-)

FogDog on January 6, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Jon Huntsman 2012!

Abby Adams on January 6, 2012 at 8:50 AM

CSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ absolutely ga-ga over Globes endorsement of Huntsman! Mika swoons. Huffpo and Daily Beast ready to co-endorse. Oh, the excitement!/sarc

Bob in VA on January 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Conservatives outside of New England are dupes for Boston Globe Headlines

They are playing you like a Stradivarius from the Duval Patrick Capitol of the world, and they are laughing at you.

Last Campaign someone fed Huckabee information from the Boston Globe to hit Romney with, and it makes conservatives look ignorant, willing to repeat liberal claptrap in order to win.

My family does not pay for the Boston Globe, we don’t read it. They force gay issues and pro choice issues down your throat along with your breakfast. They make fun of Sarah Palin, and do not inform the public that she is not responsible for the atrocity of the shooting in Arizona. They are the slimier version of the New York Times.

Please don’t fall into the liberal trap they set for you, the last person on earth they want to see as President of the United States is Mitt Romney, for some really evil reasons. Ignore them please.

Fleuries on January 6, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Huntsmania

Heh!

macnorfin on January 6, 2012 at 9:47 AM

This is not a story. The Boston Globe isn’t even considered a legitimate news source here in Massachusetts. Its only agenda is to endorse the candidate that would generate the very least excitement and support from the base. The Boston Globe should stick to what it does best, running stories about Timmy’s two mommies.

Typhonian on January 6, 2012 at 11:37 AM

No shock at all. Huntsman has made an effort to antagonize the conservative base, the people that the Globe hates with a passion.

Otto Zilch on January 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I just met Huntsman yesterday, talked with him for 15-20 min 1 on 1 as he stopped for coffee at my night job.

He’s a good guy, he’s clearly up and well informed on policy with China. People talk about his composure, his eyebrows – really who cares? If looks were how presidents were decided, then we may well NOT have enjoyed one Abraham Lincoln as our 16th president. I want someone efficient with world affairs, not “looking” presidential. So tired of all this “Well, Romney looks presidential” I could care less. Huntsman supports evolution, which scored points here in New Hampshire (we’re not a very non religious, center right state). I would absolutely not vote for Mitt Romney. Cannot believe anything the man says, it’s all crowd pandering and telling people what they want to hear.

I like Huntsman, and I hope he does well in NH. I am optimistic he can take 2nd place, cause Santorum is most certainly NOT going to make any noise here. Santorum is my last choice for president. I’d sooner vote for Obama.

Freeloader on January 6, 2012 at 3:50 PM

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