Video: Huntsman boldly vows to carry on for some reason

posted at 10:23 pm on January 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

He held 170 public events and still finished a distant third behind Ron Paul, whom no one — including Ron Paul — thinks is going to be the nominee. And yet he soldiers on, promising to give voters an electable option even though New Hampshirites have already crowned Romney the electable option in the field. I wonder what the real reason is. Maybe it’s simple pride, the feeling that he simply can’t quit after one disappointing outing after having worked so hard for so long? (See also Perry, Rick.) Or maybe it’s institutional inertia, i.e. the campaign’s already spent money and put people in place in South Carolina so, hey, why not keep going? Or maybe he simply wants to play spoiler and try to take some moderate votes away from Romney before he’s 100 percent inevitable. Can’t say I find any of those reasons compelling, but it’s his dime.

Perry’s gotten all the grief these past few months for running a terrible campaign but don’t overlook this guy when making your list of the most dismal disappointments in recent Republican history. He had foreign policy experience and a decent record as governor — better than Romney’s, at least — and he offered some bold policy proposals on the trail this year, including backing Paul Ryan’s budget. And yet, whether due to his own poor instincts or horrible advice from John Weaver et al., he inexplicably decided to play identity politics games with the base. He should have finished second tonight, or even first, but he gambled that he could somehow eclipse Romney among moderate Republicans and then poach enough conservatives to win the sort of races Romney’s now winning against a split right-wing field. Why he thought he could do that when Mitt had outraised and outorganized him, I have no idea. Could be that he figured he’d have no chance against the next crop of Republicans like Jindal and Rubio and Christie and Ryan and therefore had to roll the dice now no matter how long the odds are against him. Regardless, he should have been smarter and done better. Too bad.

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What’s amazing is that his father is an exemplary human being.
aquaviva on January 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM

I agree but don’t you think that jon jr is hurting his father’s brand? Sr has spent his life doing good things but I’m beginning to wonder about the relationship.
BTW, Romney vetoed over 800 bills – a tad more than Pres Bush!
As I understand he gave his inheritance to charity. Does anyone know that for sure?

Bambi on January 11, 2012 at 6:58 AM

I’m going to love it in four years, reading all of you Republicans pissing and moaning about how either Obama won another term and decimated the country, or Mitt won and decimated the country a little less. I’m going to love doing the “I told you so” when the deficit, regardless of which of these two wins, is still nearly a trillion dollars a year, and the national debt has risen to over $20 trillion. Yes, it will be sweet when I’m able to say to you dummies, “I told you so.”

libertarianlunatic on January 11, 2012 at 7:14 AM

libertarianlunatic on January 11, 2012 at 7:14 AM

And I’m sure Paul is the only one who can save us rah rah rah. As Paul supported Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader…no, believe me, we don’t need someone with that level of incompetence in the Oval Office. Paul even stated he couldn’t see himself there, so we’ll just help him and keep him out.

LaughterJones on January 11, 2012 at 7:34 AM

WHAAAAA!!!!!! Romney is not conservative enough!! WHAAAAA!!! Obama sucks!! WHAAAAAA!!! We whine just to hear ourselves whine!! WHAAAAA!!!–GOP motto

libertarianlunatic on January 11, 2012 at 7:42 AM

WHAAAA!!! Paul is no good!!! WHAAAA!!!! Santorum’s version of statism is better than Obama’s version!! WHAAAAAA!!! The debt keeps going up and up no matter who is elected!!! WHAAAAAAA!!!!!!! We can’t figure out what’s wrong!!! WHAAAAAA!!!!!-GOP motto

libertarianlunatic on January 11, 2012 at 7:44 AM

WHAAAAA!!!!! Nobody is proposing any cuts in government!!! WHAAAA!!!! We’ll vote for this guy over here anyway!!! WHAAAAAAA!!! How long do you think it will be until we turn on the Jews as scapegoats? WHAAAAA!!!!–GOP motto

libertarianlunatic on January 11, 2012 at 7:45 AM

WHAAA!!!! We’d rather live in a socialist state with unending national debt than vote for someone who has proposed actual cuts to government spending!! WHAAAAAAA!!!! Chipping away at the rise in budget hikes will work to bring down the national debt!! WHAAAAAAAA!!!! We believe this can go on forever despite warnings from every able economist to the contrary!!! WHAAAAAA!!!!—GOP motto

libertarianlunatic on January 11, 2012 at 7:48 AM

How long do you think it will be until we turn on the Jews as scapegoats? WHAAAAA!!!!–GOP motto
libertarianlunatic on January 11, 2012 at 7:45 AM

I’ll make a bet with you – that will never happen in a Romney Presidency!
Want to take it or do you need a pacifier?

Bambi on January 11, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Whoops don’t know what happened to the quote block.

Bambi on January 11, 2012 at 7:53 AM

I’ll make a bet with you – that will never happen in a Romney Presidency!
Want to take it or do you need a pacifier?

Why would I need a pacifier? You Republicans are the ones who are whining like little babies.

libertarianlunatic on January 11, 2012 at 7:53 AM

I got a bridge to sell anyone thinks this guy is really running for the pub nomination this year.

There’s several possibilities why he’s in there: a)he’s angling for a VP slot b)he’s getting name recognition for the next presidential run c)he’s being financed by the Pub Blue Blood Elites as an emergency replacement should Romney go down in flames as RINO candidate.

patfish on January 11, 2012 at 7:53 AM

I got a bridge to sell anyone thinks this guy is really running for the pub nomination this year.

There’s several possibilities why he’s in there: a)he’s angling for a VP slot b)he’s getting name recognition for the next presidential run c)he’s being financed by the Pub Blue Blood Elites as an emergency replacement should Romney go down in flames as RINO candidate.

patfish on January 11, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Or he’s a plant by Obama who is destined to run 3rd Party (with democrat financing) to try to shave off votes and ensure an Obama victory.

A 3rd party challenge is Obama’s only plausible path to re-election at this point. If not Huntsman, I am thinking Trump will do this himself for no reason other than his own ego.

Do not be fooled. A 3rd Party will never win, and only elects democrat liberal marxist socialists.

wildcat72 on January 11, 2012 at 7:58 AM

He’ll never be the vp under Romney! His whole campaign is to take Gov Romney down. He comes across as a white obama – the over confidence, the snarky remarks, the tilt of his head. Rubio for me! Two handsome men on the ticket!!!

Bambi on January 11, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Good for Huntsman, I agree about what he said about Ron Paul, he’s not going to be the nominee but he is sucking up delegates. Huntsman is right for all intents and purposes he came in second.

If Ron Paul was running in a primary or caucus that only allowed registered republicans he wouldn’t be coming in the top tier.

Dr Evil on January 11, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Huntsman put all his eggs in the New Hampshire primary, and still only managed a distant third. The only one who doesn’t know he’s toast appears to be him.

Murf76 on January 11, 2012 at 8:29 AM

libertarianlunatic on January 11, 2012 at 7:48 AM

you may not believe this man, but the spending will have to be ended. its not our choice anymore. so you can say RP is the only one who would do whats needed, but in fact, any one of them will do whats needed, becuase it will HAVE to be done. get it? it will be mandatory. the bond vigilantes will run this show. so the important thing isnt that RP will do it, but others wont. the real story is that this is an existential threat to the dems. their tax and spening policies and liberal welfare statism can NOT exist anymore. they’re done. doomed. there will be a small minority of them, sure, in their whackadoddle enclaves. but its over man, and its dictated by the math. i am happy you are all rah rah RP. saddened you think the others, romney for example, will be terrible, etc etc. but you are missing the big pitcure. relax. just wait. its going to be ok. we’re almost there; almost to the healing, the repair. the fixing, the donwsizing of fed over reach. because now we have to do this. and they all will, except of course any dem, and THATS why they are done. and THATS the story. its kinda funny seeing all this intramural teeth gnashing on our side, sad, humorous really. peace bro.

t8stlikchkn on January 11, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Huntsman put all his eggs in the New Hampshire primary, and still only managed a distant third. The only one who doesn’t know he’s toast appears to be him.

Murf76 on January 11, 2012 at 8:29 AM

msnbc morning show led with his 3rd place speech. i think there are others who may still be “uncertain”….

t8stlikchkn on January 11, 2012 at 8:41 AM

:-P

Abby Adams on January 11, 2012 at 8:48 AM

If Ron Paul was running in a primary or caucus that only allowed registered republicans he wouldn’t be coming in the top tier.

Dr Evil on January 11, 2012 at 8:24 AM

This is pretty much the case.

On a related note, it’s idiotic that the primaries to determine a particular party’s candidate & de facto leader are not restricted to registered members of that party.

And I say that as an unaffiliated voter.

Harpazo on January 11, 2012 at 8:49 AM

“I’m not quite dead yet.”

“Shut up, you’re dead!”

“I’m getting better.”

princetrumpet on January 11, 2012 at 8:50 AM

再见了亨斯迈的乔恩!

steebo77 on January 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM

OMG! That’s a swear word! (I like that! No hammer and no deletion!)

KOOLAID2 on January 11, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Why is Huntsman in this race? However heard of this guy before he became Obama’s ambassador to China? Then all the predictions about how he was resigning to run for president against his boss. This is too fishy and smells like Chicago politics to me.

Kissmygrits on January 11, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Good for Huntsman, I agree about what he said about Ron Paul, he’s not going to be the nominee but he is sucking up delegates. Huntsman is right for all intents and purposes he came in second.

If Ron Paul was running in a primary or caucus that only allowed registered republicans he wouldn’t be coming in the top tier.

So Huntsman would have come in second if the guy who came in second didn’t come in second. By that logic, Paul would have come in first if the guy who came in first hadn’t come in first.

There is a little thing called exit poll data.

40% of Huntsman voters were satisfied with the Obama administration vs. 30% Paul.
42% Paul voters said that the most important candidate quality was true conservatism, vs. 4% Huntsman.
Paul got 19% of the conservative vote vs. 9% for Huntsman. They were essentially split on self-described liberals at 25 Vs. 26%.
Huntsman got 41% of the Democrat vote vs. 24% Paul.

Huntsman is not a choice, he’s an echo. He has no support in the Republican party. Unless Obama picks him for the VP slot, or he runs for Chinatown alderman, he’s finished in politics.

Mr. Arkadin on January 11, 2012 at 9:31 AM

He’s solidifying his “it’s his turn” status in the future…

Mark my words.

Did Huntsman go to Haaaavaaaad too or was he a skull and bones guy?

I don’t care enough to try and find out.

I DO find it creep that some star chamber of old men evidently check out and groom young men for a future presidency…

golfmann on January 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM

True colors of Newt and Perry are showing through. Their masks have slipped.

scotash on January 11, 2012 at 3:18 PM

The mere fact that Huntsman still thinks he can win proves that he doesn’t have the judgment to be president. Also, I think he killed Laura Palmer.

JackOfClubs on January 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

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