‘Morning Joe’ Promotes Huntsmania!
posted at 11:49 am on December 15, 2011 by The Other McCain
During the Aug. 11 GOP presidential debate in Ames, Iowa, I dubbed Jon Huntsman “Governor Asterisk” not merely because his poll numbers were so low, but because the former Utah governor is a candidate with no plausible political rationale for his campaign. Having praised President Obama when he accepted the ambassadorship to China in 2009, Huntsman cannot now expect to be taken seriously as Obama’s potential Republican opponent.
Nevertheless, by camping out in New Hampshire — where independents can vote in the Jan. 10 GOP primary — Huntsman has managed to work himself up to third or fourth place in polls there, assisted by preposterously generous coverage from the liberal media. Yet it is impossible to imagine what the pundits call a “path to the nomination” for Huntsman, and his only obvious purpose in the 2012 campaign is to suck up debate time that might otherwise go to actual Republican candidates.
You will perhaps not be surprised to learn that Huntsman has been adopted as the pet GOP hopeful on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. If there is a “Huntsman bubble,” Joe Scarborough is the guy blowing on the nozzle to inflate that bubble:
MSNBC has in recent weeks become the daily venue for one of the most bizarre reality shows on cable TV: Morning Bromance, starring Joe Scarborough as a man helplessly smitten with “Republican presidential candidate” Jon Huntsman.
When he isn’t blowing air-kisses at Huntsman, Scarborough is citing every possible media blurb about Huntsman as ratification of the former Utah governor’s make-believe campaign. Joe is to Jon what 11-year-old girls are to Justin Bieber, or what Chris Matthews is to Barack Obama. If Scarborough hasn’t yet announced his leg-tingles for Huntsman, it’s only because the MSNBC host wants to save his final orgasmic gush for the eve of the New Hampshire primary, where some polls show Joe’s teen-idol candidate in third place behind Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. …