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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True Blue.

hillbillyjim on April 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Kung Pao Dog….mmmmmmmmmm ;-)

burrata on April 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM

As they say in China:

亨斯迈需要离开。
Hēng sī mài xūyào líkāi.

BocaJuniors on April 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Sour grapes turning rotten . . . go away Huntsman.

rplat on April 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Oh, c’mon now. Nobody believes the GOP reminds Jon Huntsman of Communist China. If it did, he’d be rather enamored of the party right now.

rogaineguy on April 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

This should be a fun thread to monitor.

Thomas More on April 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Naa,Noo..Naa,Noo.

Speakup on April 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Thank you Mr. Huntmann for clearly articulating why you are where you are: unemployed and a laughingstock within your supposed party.
Kindly retire from the national stage or go back to work for your BFF Obama.

smfic on April 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

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

supernova on April 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

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

The difference is there is ONLY one party in China.

Idiot.

But don’t you doubt for a minute that he has a book deal lined up… maybe even a TV time slot. But, yes, Sarah Palin is the political wh0re… smh

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Yes, the GOP are acting like Communist China, that’s why the GOP is banning shotguns… John Huntsman, STFD and STFU your 15 minuets have expired.

SWalker on April 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Good Morning Meaty. Tell us how you really feel. :) *wink*

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

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

supernova on April 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

He can replace Mega McCainon MrsNBC , if only he had b00bs !

burrata on April 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Now we see Mr. Sore Loser’s true colors coming to fore. There’s a reason he never got any traction.

tommyboy on April 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Jake Huntsman…Near miss.

BigWyo on April 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Huntsman is definitely in the wrong party.

jukin3 on April 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

though he has also been linked to Chen Xiaodan, the daughter of the governor of the China Development Bank, and one of John Huntsman’s daughters.

And of course, Bo go more than dis-invited from a fundraiser, but Huntsman had no problem with his daughter hanging out with that family. http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-04-13/news/31335143_1_school-fees-uk-top-schools

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I wish Hong Kong Phooey would just shut up and go away.

Philly on April 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Hunstmann is like a Loyalist during the American Revolution who when he saw the tide turning came over to our side and professed he was a Patriot all along.

Tripwhipper on April 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

You know…jon Huntsman strikes me as a bit of a moron.

zoyclem on April 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

They keep claiming the teaparty is dead, but RINOs keep threatening to leave the GOP because of… the teaparty and the conservative resurgence?

Here is what I think: LEAVE. GO. Stop threatening and just DO IT. The republican party will be an unabashedly conservative party, if that’s not to your liking get out now.

Form your “moderate” party with your RINOs and “blue dogs” – we’ll see you at election time.

Rebar on April 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Who is this Biff Huntsman guy..?

d1carter on April 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Bob Hartman?

lorien1973 on April 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

You guys are right. He’s the Mega Mac without the blubber.

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Thank you Mr. Huntmann for clearly articulating why you are where you are: unemployed and a laughingstock within your supposed party.
Kindly retire from the national stage or go back to work for your BFF Obama.

smfic on April 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM

well if the dingleberry wouldn’t have quit the republican governorship he was elected into, to work for Obama across the ocean, he wouldn’t have had this problem. oopsey.

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Hunstmann is like a Loyalist during the American Revolution who when he saw the tide turning came over to our side and professed he was a Patriot all along.

Tripwhipper on April 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Samuel Adams, one of the founding fathers most responsible for the Revolutionary War had this to say to the John Huntsman’s of America.

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
― Samuel Adams

SWalker on April 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Joe Huntsman was my fav.

VegasRick on April 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM

He can replace Mega McCainon MrsNBC , if only he had b00bs !

burrata on April 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

And the muffin top

msupertas on April 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Anoyone who spells his name ‘Jon’ must be ghey.

Go back to the public bath house Jon

Kuffar on April 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Joane, Charlie Crisp called. He says he wants to hit the tanning beds with you.

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Jon Huntsman up for this year’s Charlie Christ award…

mjbrooks3 on April 23, 2012 at 12:16 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

Let’s really liven up the party: 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

Maybe Huntsman should ask for an appointment to the United Nations, from Hu Jintao.

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

FIFY, Jonny boy.

Steve Z on April 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Let’s really liven up the party: 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

Jon Huntsman for VP???

SWalker on April 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Funny. Bob Huntsman reminded me of a jr. mitt, a shade of Obama and a cardboard cutout, but he didn’t remind me of a Republican.

Logus on April 23, 2012 at 12:19 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

He’d be stupid to.

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM

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

Yeah. Remember when the GOP purged all the Blue Dogs out of their ranks during the last midterm? That was just awful!

Oh… wait…

crazy_legs on April 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I knew young guys — recently turned 21 types — who’d hit the clubs on Friday. And when, as usual, they didn’t score, they’d talk about how monolithically evil or stupid women were. Of course, they’d try again the following week.

Therefore, I suspect Huntsmen will try again next election cycle, ‘cept he might want to lower his standards a bit.

apostic on April 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I blame it all on the dietary habits he picked up in China….IYKWIMAITYD.

a capella on April 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

What a tool.

search4truth on April 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Who?

Lehosh on April 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I’m in no way knowledgeable about Chinese..

but,

他最好看奥巴马的走狗……寿命短

Isn’t modern tech a grand thing?

I think so..

mark81150 on April 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Let’s really liven up the party: 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

Ambassador to Iran a couple weeks before Israel bombs.

msupertas on April 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Then what would that make the modern democrat party?!

Huntsman is gearing up to go 3rd party.

It’s the only way Obama can win.

wildcat72 on April 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

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.

Who needs reminding? How could we forget the flawless, energetic and virtually magical campaign of Myron Hunterman? It was a time of national unity and unbridled enthusiasm for the future. It was a dark day when the promise of a new leader, transcending race and gender and income levels was mercilessly crushed by the far right radical extremism of ..

Wait. What?

Lost in Jersey on April 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

He’d be stupid to.

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I agree. It would be like putting a poisonous snake in your room expecting it not to strike at you.

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Watching Obama this a.m., for two seconds, reminded me of Huntsman.

The land is full of conceited eunuchs. Go to Hades, all of you.

You’re turning the land into a devastating Starnesville, you sissies.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I saw a nanosecond of T. Coddington Van Huntsman, IIIX on Moaning Joe this morning. That was plenty.

DanMan on April 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I’m seeing a party switch in this guy’s future.

Tomolena1 on April 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Make him ambassador of France.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Politicians in general seem to be sore losers, but not surprising when we live in a day and age in which politicians imagine we can’t live without them. In fact their greatest fear is the possibility we just might be better off without them. This is why we need to someday call the Democrats bluff and actually shut down the government. It wouldn’t take long for the American people to figure out life isn’t so bad (actually better) if the bureaucratic house of cards came tumbling down.

NotCoach on April 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Huntsman is gearing up to go 3rd party.

It’s the only way Obama can win.

wildcat72 on April 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

He won’t go 3rd party, because it would take votes away from 0bama. If it would hurt the GOP he’d have done it by now.

Rebar on April 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I blame it all on the dietary habits he picked up in China….IYKWIMAITYD.

a capella on April 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

They do eat dog in China

msupertas on April 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Don’t forget – he is Romney’s cousin.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Therefore, I suspect Huntsmen will try again next election cycle, ‘cept he might want to lower his standards a bit.

apostic on April 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Yeah… he’ll knock the GOP as a 2 today…

but come 2016 or 2020, he’ll be praising it as a 9 and 3/4 again. Only to be trashing us again the morning after. What was it we called those guys… umm…. er,…. oh yeah..

looser..

mark81150 on April 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

jon Huntsman strikes me as a bit of a moron.

zoyclem on April 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

a bit??? he’s the textbook definition of one….and when you think this man was the ambassador to China…

jimver on April 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Politicians in general seem to be sore losers
NotCoach on April 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM

The egos are strong with this group, don’t you think?

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Huntsman is McCain on steroids.

rickyricardo on April 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Don’t forget – he is Romney’s cousin.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

wha?

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Is PUTZ a Chinese word?

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I imagine everything reminds him of China. Good times… good times…

de rigueur on April 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I agree. It would be like putting a poisonous snake in your room expecting it not to strike at you.

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Exactly. Think McCain staffers. But, this is Romney we’re talking about.

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Juanita Huntsman is the best President we’ll never have.

CorporatePiggy on April 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

You know…jon Huntsman strikes me as a bit of a moron.

zoyclem on April 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Why? Insulting your potential supporters is a great way to gain their affection.

Deafdog on April 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I really wish that Huntsman primaried Obama. He might have done very well, and it certainly would have helped the conservative cause more than him running as a Republican.

talkingpoints on April 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Joane, Charlie Crisp called. He says he wants to hit the tanning beds with you.

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

HOLY COW! Until I read your comment, I was thinking of Charlie Crist, the orange dude who lost to Rubio was Huntman….wow, show how similar these losahs are!

thebrokenrattle on April 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Don’t forget – he is Romney’s cousin.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Nooooo… really? Well, that’s believable. Dick Chenney is somehow related to Obama.

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Exactly. Think McCain staffers. But, this is Romney we’re talking about.

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM

yep, not too wise.

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

I agree. It would be like putting a poisonous snake in your room expecting it not to strike at you.

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

yeah, Romney would send him to his fave place, China :-)…

jimver on April 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Where’s Abby? Have we lost her? I always thought she had her tongue planted firmly in her cheek. Abby…come back!

a capella on April 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Don’t forget – he is Romney’s cousin.

Schadenfreude on April 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM
wha?

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Evidently they share an ancestor.

Not necessarily surprising considering how insular Mormons were for much of their early period.

Logus on April 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

HOLY COW! Until I read your comment, I was thinking of Charlie Crist, the orange dude who lost to Rubio was Huntman….wow, show how similar these losahs are!

thebrokenrattle on April 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM

En huh… In the words of the chubbier Huntsman named Christie: losahs, bof uv dem! /badNJaccent

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

The Repub electorate isn’t as dumb as they would have us believe. We never for a second bought what this guy was selling.

Kissmygrits on April 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

wha?

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

They’re half third cousins, once removed, both descended from different wives of Parley Parker Pratt.

steebo77 on April 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

yeah, Romney would send him to his fave place, China :-)…

jimver on April 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

God help him, if Romney sent him to Malaysia!

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Evidently they share an ancestor.

Not necessarily surprising considering how insular Mormons were for much of their early period.

Logus on April 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Same father, perhaps? /s

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Logus on April 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

steebo77 on April 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

huh, never knew. Thanks for the link!

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Huntsman is McCain on steroids.gibberellic acid

rickyricardo on April 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

:O

burrata on April 23, 2012 at 12:33 PM

They’re half third cousins, once removed, both descended from different wives of Parley Parker Pratt.

steebo77 on April 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Parley Parker Pratt, you say? Why not just Kooky Kobbler Kraft? /liberal4life

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Nooooo… really? Well, that’s believable. Dick Chenney is somehow related to Obama.

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Spread your genealogical research out deep, back and thorough enough and I suspect most everyone’s bound to find out that they’re related to someone famous/well known now and in the past.

To date I’ve not come across any major historical/current figures in my genealogical tree, but then I’ve not got a very thoroughly researched tree.

Logus on April 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM

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

Wow, can you imagine how Tom Freidman is going to be scrambling to jump on the Republican bandwagon now?!

drunyan8315 on April 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I’m in no way knowledgeable about Chinese..

but,

他最好看奥巴马的走狗……寿命短

Isn’t modern tech a grand thing?

I think so..

mark81150 on April 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I hate to tell you, but it didn’t quite work as you intended :(

DarkCurrent on April 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I get the feeling sometimes that John Huntsman is confused on what country’s leadership position he was actually running for.

William Eaton on April 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Same father, perhaps? /s

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM

You joke, but you hit that nail squarely.

This is early Mormonism we’re talking about after all.

Logus on April 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Jon Huntsman Sr. : mensch. Jon Jr. : not so much.

BHO Jonestown on April 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Spread your genealogical research out deep, back and thorough enough and I suspect most everyone’s bound to find out that they’re related to someone famous/well known now and in the past.

To date I’ve not come across any major historical/current figures in my genealogical tree, but then I’ve not got a very thoroughly researched tree.

Logus on April 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM

True, though being Mormon only seems to boost your odds, right?

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

You joke, but you hit that nail squarely.

This is early Mormonism we’re talking about after all.

Logus on April 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM

The /s-tag was for the pansies that may confuse my post for rabid Mormon h8red!

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Wow, its simply amazing just how staggeringly tone deaf Huntsman is. Comparing the GOP to communist China is nothing but antagonistic and absurd on its face. The fact that he made it because the GOP objected to his passive support of a third party makes it obvious how out of touch with reality he is.

More and more I’m convinced the only reason he won the Governor seat of Utah is because of his family name. In my experience, the citizens of Utah usually wouldn’t tolerate such a clown.

WolvenOne on April 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Exactly how big is this tent?

If it includes this a**hole it’s too big.

single stack on April 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Sigh, even with hot daughters, no wonder Republicans could not stand him.

milcus on April 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM

True, though being Mormon only seems to boost your odds, right?

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

It depends to a large extent on whether someone’s Mormon ancestors were orginally American, Scandinavian, or British.

steebo77 on April 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM

This from the guy who has a Smirk that permanently graces
his face.

ToddPA on April 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Evidently they share an ancestor.

Not necessarily surprising considering how insular Mormons were for much of their early period.

Logus on April 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

:-) yeah, and on his mother’s side, Obama shares a common descent from Samuel Hinckley with President George W. Bush (his 11th cousin :). Obama also shares a common descent from Philip Arment and Maria Elizabeth Schmidt with former President Lyndon Johnson (his 4th cousin :)…and a common descent from Adriian Gordy with former President Jimmy Carter (his 8th cousin :), Obama also shares a common descent from Joseph Holley with former President Gerald Ford (his 10th cousin :)…

so, yeah, looks like he’s a cousin to….all the ex presidents, well, almost :-)….

jimver on April 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM

It depends to a large extent on whether someone’s Mormon ancestors were orginally American, Scandinavian, or British.

steebo77 on April 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM

By his demeanor, I gather Huntsman is from the French clan…

… and here’s one for sheryl!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyP2M0DTch8

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Who?

TerryW on April 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM

The only reason Jon Huntsman is not a democrat, is because you can’t survive in Utah politics if you aren’t republican. Actually, he was very successful as a governor. He is a fiscal conservative, and very good at it. I don’t get this man though. He goes to work for Obama, and then decides to run against him. Who does that?

rubberneck on April 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM

jimver on April 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Wonder
Makes it seem like being President is genetic!

Maybe he was the first President Inevitable…

/

Logus on April 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM

MeatHeadinCA on April 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Oh, là là!

steebo77 on April 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Huntsman is McCain on steroids.

rickyricardo on April 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

…he shouldn’t have shot the anabolic’s… right to the head though!

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM

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