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‘Morning Joe’ Promotes Huntsmania!

posted at 11:49 am on December 15, 2011 by

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. …

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Heh

Excellent and so spot on :)

cmsinaz on December 15, 2011 at 12:11 PM

The problem for Huntsman is that true Conservatives run in the opposite direction of the MSM. I’ve been closely watching the majority of the liberal media call Huntsman the only viable GOP candidate or the only sensible or non-delusional candidate of the bunch. If Joe S. is fawning over Huntsman too now, well that just gives me one more reason to keep running in the opposite direction.

HoosierStateofMind on December 15, 2011 at 12:44 PM

I agree that Huntsman’s biggest problem is his positive treatment by MSM. He has also focused his attacks on Romney instead Obama. However, the simple fact remains that he is BOTH more conservative than either Romney or Gingrich AND more electable. I think that if he made his case directly to conservatives, they might be willing to listen and give him a second chance. He does need to explain his opposition to the Obama presidency in more forceful terms however.

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on December 15, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I would also disagree that there is no path to the nomination for Huntsman. Conceivably, Newt could have a meltdown, and the establishment figures could rally behind Hunstman as the “not-Romney.” Several of the biggest states (California, Illinois) lean moderate in the primaries, and if Huntsman could register a decent finish in Florida (i.e. maybe as low as 3rd), he could stay alive long enough for people to give him a second chance. Plus, as long as Pappy Huntsman thinks his son has a chance, he’ll keep pumping money into the campaign coffers.

It’s a long shot, but it is still a path.

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on December 15, 2011 at 2:14 PM

I would also disagree that there is no path to the nomination for Huntsman. Conceivably, Newt could have a meltdown, and the establishment figures could rally behind Hunstman as the “not-Romney.” Several of the biggest states (California, Illinois) lean moderate in the primaries, and if Huntsman could register a decent finish in Florida (i.e. maybe as low as 3rd), he could stay alive long enough for people to give him a second chance. Plus, as long as Pappy Huntsman thinks his son has a chance, he’ll keep pumping money into the campaign coffers.

It’s a long shot, but it is still a path.

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on December 15, 2011 at 2:14 PM

I deem it less likely than any of Obama’s “Five Paths”, but certainly not totally impossible. Probability of this though is a blip on the graph unless Huntsman has a surge the likes of which has never been seen in American politics.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on December 15, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Joe is to Jon what 11-year-old girls are to Justin Bieber, or what Chris Matthews is to Barack Obama.

Ouch. :D

AH_C on December 16, 2011 at 12:09 PM