Jon Huntsman: You know the GOP this year kinda reminds me of Communist China

posted at 12:01 pm on April 23, 2012 by Morgen Richmond

Via Buzzfeed, former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman reminds us why he received the most favorable coverage from the media, and yet consistently polled at or near the bottom of the heap before dropping out of the GOP race.

Recounting his first experience on the presidential debate stage in Iowa last August, Huntsman says he was struck by the question “Is this the best we could do?”

Huntsman, the former Utah governor and once President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to China, expressed disappointment that the Republican Party disinvited him from a Florida fundraiser in March after he publicly called for a third party.

“This is what they do in China on party matters if you talk off script,” he said.

Huntsman said he regrets his decision to oppose a 10-to-1 spending cuts to tax increase deal to cut the deficit at the Iowa debate lamenting: “if you can only do certain things over again in life.”

“What went through my head was if I veer at all from my pledge not to raise any taxes…then I’m going to have to do a lot of explaining,” he explained. “What was going through my mind was ‘don’t I just want to get through this?’”

That decision, Huntsman said, “has caused me a lot of heartburn.”

His comment comparing the GOP to the Communist Party in China is so outrageously outrageous that you have to wonder whether this was a lame attempt at a joke. He’s now claiming his comment was taken out of context (of course), but I think more than anything this is just sour grapes on Huntsman’s part. He actually embarked on this campaign of running (well) to the left of mainstream conservatism soon after the 2008 election, and really has never let up. What did he expect from the GOP after he expressed support for a third party run by someone more moderate than…Mitt Romney? There is no surer way to ensure Barack Obama is re-elected in November, and given how Huntsman has positioned himself it’s not hard to imagine that he envisions a political climate more receptive to his particular charms in 2016. A big tent is one thing, but it’s generally expected that you remain in the tent if you want to continue as a member of the party.

And what exactly does Huntsman regret about his opposition to any tax increases at the Iowa debate? That he didn’t tell the truth? What, does Hunstman think if he had answered this question more honestly that somehow the outcome of his candidacy would be any different? This can’t possibly be the case and I can only surmise that his real regret is losing a measure of credibility with all those reasonable (non-communist) Republicans, not to mention his friends in the liberal media.

Having closely followed Huntman’s campaign from its outset, I think I can accurately recount the question most conservatives were struck by when they were introduced to his campaign:

Who?

But considering the amount of money spent on Huntsman’s campaign, and his ultimate failure to gain traction with even one single contingent of the Republican party, the real question we should be asking is…why?


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“Is this the best we can do? Why, we could have had me!”

A perfect glimpse into the hubris-laden mindset of the quinessential Political Class parasite.

contrarian on April 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

He ate too much Spicy BoFu and Bo Mein.

The Rogue Tomato on April 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM

He ate too much Spicy BoFu and Bo Mein.

The Rogue Tomato on April 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Naw… got his ass shredded in the primary.

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

He must be auditioning to be the media’s new go-to guy to bash Republicans.
This. Can the regular spot on MSNBC and/or CNN be far behind?
crazy_legs on April 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Well Mika thinks he’s just dreamy, so he’s got that going for him!

Naturally Curly on April 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM

He must be auditioning to be the media’s new go-to guy to bash Republicans.

This. Can the regular spot on MSNBC and/or CNN be far behind?

crazy_legs on April 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Bet he’ll get to help with the post-election analysis and coverage.

PatriotGal2257 on April 23, 2012 at 1:05 PM

What do you expect from someone who called Obama “a remarkable leader”?

KateNE on April 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

When people like Orrin Hatch has trouble in the GOP primary for a few politically votes, the charges that Huntsmen are making are going to seem true to many independents. Hunstman is absolutely right that some of the arguments against Orrin Hatch sound more like they are from the Chinese Communist Party than something you would hear in a politically diverse democracy. I would suggest to the people upset by what Huntsman said to stop making what Huntsman said look like the truth.

thuja on April 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Don’t forget – he is Romney’s cousin.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

For all who didn’t believe this.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

When people like Orrin Hatch has trouble in the GOP primary for a few politically votes, the charges that Huntsmen are making are going to seem true to many independents. Hunstman is absolutely right that some of the arguments against Orrin Hatch sound more like they are from the Chinese Communist Party than something you would hear in a politically diverse democracy. I would suggest to the people upset by what Huntsman said to stop making what Huntsman said look like the truth.

thuja on April 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Sure, when a politician fails to get the required number of votes in an election, Im always reminded of Communist China… /facepalm

Valkyriepundit on April 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Liberalim is a progressivre mental disorder ending in insanity. Huntsman is proof that the illness has no political boundaries. Is there any wonder why Obama handpicked him to be Ambassador to China? He needs to change parties instead of pretending he is what he isn’t. He fools no one, but himself.

volsense on April 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

“Melvin Huntsman is so dreamy…!” – Mika

Seven Percent Solution on April 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

You know, this guy actually needs the door to hit him in the azz on the way out…

bofh on April 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Obama eats weiner dog and Huntsman eats Obama’s …

DANEgerus on April 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

I’m astounded how gullible some people are. For those of you railing against how liberal Huntsman is, allow me to introduce you to a little Poli Sci 101. Huntsman is the foil against which Romney appears conservative. That is Huntsman’s role. It has always been his role. Kapish?

Whenever conservatives start having moral misgivings about Romney’s Massachusetts brand of conservatism, you can count on Huntsman to reappear to remind everyone that it is possible to be more liberal than Romney, and still be a Republican.

So while you merrily chirp away about Huntsman and his ridiculous remarks, you are only doing what you’ve been spoon fed to do by the power brokers. Like large mouth bass, you take the bait every time.

WISE UP!

ariel on April 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I’m sure his friends in communist China will take this as a favorable comment, or else Jock Huntsman is hoist on his own petard.

The MSM said he was very smart, which shows what liars are in the MSM.

WhatNot on April 23, 2012 at 2:27 PM

So a plant for the democrats didn’t work with the republican sect? Amazing! Who would have thunk it? Continually piling on, keeping us off balance trying to figure out what has even happened, full court press; the occupy white house thingy has worked well for bho. No agenda released, no blame for anything, no accountability, no responsibility, spend money like an ex wife, push off what the real problems are until after the divorce.

Look up “trickster/shape shifter” in mythology. This is what bho is. Slick Willie had nothing on this butt muncher. Constantly moving, never stopping, always pushing, using other peoples money for his power. Trust and honesty in his soul is missing. Devoid of any character worth writing about, the platitudes spit out by the media (along with Her Huntsman) lie to the ear, and for conservatives, quicken the soul.

If you want truth, go see the democrat in your town. If you want fact, seek the conservative member. Talk to your people. Courage is not-not having fear; courage is facing that fear head on. Do not let them loose your courage. Facts bring knowledge, knowledge is power, power changes the lies on their head. Bring these to your people and the power, which is quickly coming to 1600 will swiftly evaporate.

Molonlabe2004 on April 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Is Thurstan Huntsman III lobbying to be Obama’s new VP again?

batterup on April 23, 2012 at 2:33 PM

ariel on April 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Geniuses and wishcasters are indignant.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2012 at 2:36 PM

His daughters didn’t even come away with a reality series. I guess Thurston moves on to selling Gulf Coast timeshares and condos, because his political career is over.

jan3 on April 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM

our politics has tons of pipsqueaks like Jon. They really seem to believe that they should be allowed to say anything and then get have a right to go to any R forum as if he’s a stalwart R.

You can’t have it both ways Jon…form a third party (or go with Doug Schoen)…but whatever you do 1. you are not Gods gift to Mankind and 2. don’t let the door hit you on the way out

r keller on April 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Hunstman is absolutely right that some of the arguments against Orrin Hatch sound more like they are from the Chinese Communist Party than something you would hear in a politically diverse democracy. I would suggest to the people upset by what Huntsman said to stop making what Huntsman said look like the truth.

thuja on April 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Not only that, but the no-compromise agenda of the Tea Party is the antithesis of American democracy. The founding fathers designed a system of governance that by its very nature requires compromise and negotiation for legislation to pass both houses of Congress.

Only under a communist or fascist state, comrades, will the Tea Party and it’s no-negotiation approach to governing produce results.

bayam on April 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I knew he’d never gain any traction after watching that stupid opening campaign ad with the guy riding the dirtbike in the dunes.

Stray Cat on April 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Huntsman would know what commies are like, up close and personal. I’m sure he made zillions of compatriots during his vacation in china.

I had a feeling this guy is a closet commie sympathizer. I never trusted his weak sell-out ass from the start. Now he’s just being a dingleberry. Next step for huntsman; switch to the commie party of the democrats.

Wolfmoon on April 23, 2012 at 3:22 PM

The founding fathers designed a system of governance that by its very nature requires compromise and negotiation for legislation to pass both houses of Congress.

Nope, Madison designed a system in which ambition was supposed to be countered not enabled by another ambition.

Valkyriepundit on April 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

bayam on April 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

And if the American people don’t want hard nosed politicians they know what to do about it.

Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! It turns out the Republic is still standing even against self serving, childish rhetoric!

NotCoach on April 23, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Kuffar on April 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I have a friend named Jonathan-no ‘h’.
He goes by ‘Jon’.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2012 at 3:43 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on April 23, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I don’t have any friends named Mao Huntsman.

NotCoach on April 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Y’know, I can’t wait for Huntsman, Bloomberg, and all these other big-government, climate-alarmist ‘centrists’ to form a party.

Maybe they’ll call it the ‘Democrats’ or something like that ’cause they’re about as Republican as Bill Clinton anyway.

First, of course, they’d have to get the current owners to let them have it, which would mean finding a more suitable and descriptive name for those currently describing themselves as ‘Democrats’.

I’d propose ‘Wobblies’.

JEM on April 23, 2012 at 3:54 PM

I’m sure all the democrats and anchors at CNN who gave Alan West crap will be in a tizzy over Huntsman calling republicans communists. Or something…

Scrappy on April 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Not only that, but the no-compromise agenda of the Tea Party is the antithesis of American democracy. The founding fathers designed a system of governance that by its very nature requires compromise and negotiation for legislation to pass both houses of Congress.

Only under a communist or fascist state, comrades, will the Tea Party and it’s no-negotiation approach to governing produce results.

bayam on April 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Tell that to the “progressive” Dem caucus. Their members spend their time shutting out the opposition party while they themselve pole vault and parachute their way into imposing laws contrary to the wishes of the people they represent.

onlineanalyst on April 23, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Huntsman said he regrets his decision to oppose a 10-to-1 spending cuts to tax increase deal to cut the deficit at the Iowa debate lamenting: “if you can only do certain things over again in life.”

John, No doubt that you’d be very comfortable playing tax collector for the Democrats, but that’s not what is needed in America today.

RJL on April 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Not only that, but the no-compromise agenda of the Tea Party is the antithesis of American democracy. The founding fathers designed a system of governance that by its very nature requires compromise and negotiation for legislation to pass both houses of Congress.

Only under a communist or fascist state, comrades, will the Tea Party and it’s no-negotiation approach to governing produce results.

bayam on April 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

So, we are supposed to compromise with anti-liberty syndicalists?(democrats)

You sound like a useful(less) idiot.

tom daschle concerned on April 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Don’t forget – he is Romney’s cousin.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I just looked up their common ancestor, Parley Parker Pratt. Ay yay yay, this is who the Republican elite thinks can beat Obama? A rich white guy whose great-great-great (or whatever) grandfather had 10 freaking wives? DOOM, I TELL YOU, DOOM!! (wait a minute, on the wrong forum).

We are so screwed. This is what they mean by “Romney must answer for his Mormon roots”. Get ready for for the progs to jump all over this, even though they are for ‘marriage freedom’. No matter what Karl Rove and his ilk say, Soledad O’Brien and Martin Bashir and the PMSNBC crowd will beat this horse to ribbons.

Anybody for buying the tickets to NZ now? I know the planes will be full on Nov. 7.

jclittlep on April 23, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Exit question – do you think Mittens will offer him a post in his administration???

Bob in VA on April 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I think either Romney or Obama will offer him an ambassadorship to the most god-forsaken area they can think of the reward the tool. In Romney’s case maybe he’ll offer up Siberia or Haiti.

Obama will probably send try to establish new diplomatic embassies in those far flung areas that he completely doesn’t understand and has more than a passing dislike for and thinks the culture will crush Josephine Huntsman- namely one of the Southern States. Texas perhaps.

Betenoire on April 23, 2012 at 6:03 PM

If Thomas Friedman had said that, it would have been an endorsement.

Jingo95 on April 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Only under a communist or fascist state, comrades, will the Tea Party and it’s no-negotiation approach to governing produce results.

bayam on April 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

If you had said ‘President Obama’ rather than the ‘Tea Party’ you might have a valid point.

zoyclem on April 23, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Ariel: Kapish Capice

drunyan8315 on April 23, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Ariel: Kapish Capice

drunyan8315 on April 23, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Seriously, with all you could have addressed, you commented on my colloquial spelling of an Italian word. Really? Is that what you want to talk about? With one party run by corporate autocrats and the other run by totalitarian socialists, with the country (and by extension the entire free world) hanging in the balance of the next election, you want to correct my spelling?

So how do you spell “Armageddon”?

ps. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=kapish

ariel on April 23, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Only under a communist or fascist state, comrades, will the Tea Party and it’s no-negotiation approach to governing produce results.

Seems the poster forgets the closed door meetings the left had to jam that heath care down our throats.

mixplix on April 24, 2012 at 8:20 AM

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