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Say, Republican conservatives, how about Jon Huntsman for Speaker?

posted at 11:03 am on December 26, 2012 by

Because he’s a real conservative, says Norman Ornstein in the Washington Post:

Go to Article I, Section 2: The Constitution does not say that the speaker of the House has to be a member of the House. In fact, the House can choose anybody a majority wants to fill the post. Every speaker has been a representative from the majority party. But these days, the old pattern clearly is not working. …

The best way out of this mess would be to find someone from outside the House to transcend the differences and alter the dysfunctional dynamic we are all enduring. Ideally, that individual would transcend politics and party — but after David Petraeus’s stumble, we don’t have many such candidates. It would have to be a partisan Republican.

One option would be Jon Huntsman. By any reasonable standard, he is a conservative Republican: As governor of Utah, he supported smaller government, lower taxes and balanced budgets, and he opted consistently for market-based solutions. As a presidential candidate, he supported positions that were in the wheelhouse of Ronald Reagan. But a Speaker Huntsman would look beyond party and provide a different kind of leadership. He would drive a hard bargain with the president but would aim for a broad majority from the center out, not from the right fringe in. He could not force legislation onto the floor, but he would have immense moral suasion.

At first, you think that Ornstein’s telling a Christmas joke … but he’s actually serious, about both the suggestion and the insistence that Huntsman is a man who represents the conservative wing of the GOP.  How many delegates did he win in the primary, by the way?

Ornstein also suggests Mitch Daniels, who has a much better claim to that mantle.  We could also toss Newt Gingrich’s name into the mix, since he’s had experience as House Speaker in crafting deals with a Democratic president.  But really … why would any of them want John Boehner’s job?

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The man who said this about the Republican party:

…an insurgent outlier — ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition

tom daschle concerned on December 26, 2012 at 11:10 AM

How about no.

upinak on December 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Okay.

But Mark Levin gets to be Senate Majority Leader and a Justice on SCOTUS when Ruth Bader-Meinhoff croaks.

Rixon on December 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

How about Ronald Reagan? The Constitution doesn’t say the Speaker has to be living.

Dusty on December 26, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I would rather set my hair on fire and put it out with a hammer.

kingsjester on December 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

How about Ronald Reagan? The Constitution doesn’t say the Speaker has to be living.

Dusty on December 26, 2012 at 11:24 AM

The current one isn’t. Not his brain, anyway…

Rixon on December 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I read that three times and still thought it was a typo before I clicked into the post.

gophergirl on December 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

LOL – obama would love it.

Pork-Chop on December 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.

It says right there, in the first paragraph of Section 2 – The House.

“… shall be composed of members chosen every second year ….”

What part of Speaker of the House having to be a member doesn’t Ornstein understand.

Dusty on December 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Is Ebenezer Huntsman still a Republican?

That means that Huntsman’s political future — to the extent he has one — is as some sort of third party candidate (or the leader of a third party movement). Criticizing Republicans fits nicely into that sort of role.

Fallon on December 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

This is off topic but there’s no place to post this. When Hot Air got revamped, I was leary but wanted to wait and see how things panned out. It was my understanding that the Green Room was to be a place where the regulars could post and respond to one another. It seems to be just like the blog except with mini posts. Don’t get me wrong, the posts are as well written and thoughtful as usual for the regulars but I don’t see why they aren’t just posted on the blog. Am I missing something? I’m sure there is an unknown reason for booting all the talented Green Room writers but the new Green Room doesn’t seem to justify it.

hopeful on December 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Jon Huntsman? Is he related to that hopeless(ly liberal) primary candidate and ex-Obama-Ambassador Cliff Huntsman?

Valkyriepundit on December 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM

When the Washington Post says someone is a conservative “by any resonable standard,” it means they supported Kerry instead of Dean.

The only reason the Post keeps insisting that Huntsman is a conservative is so they can keep calling real conssrvatives “extremists.” Huntsman’s alleged ability to “transcend” is just another way of saying he won’t listen to conservatives in the House or the base…just as he refused to listen to conservatives when he supported the stimulus.

Huntsman is one more primary defeat from being a nominee for the Mrs. Charlie Crist Award.

EastofEden on December 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

One option would be Jon Huntsman. By any reasonable liberal standard, he is a conservative Republican

fift. Weird how libs are telling cons who is conservative. But hey, it worked for Todd Akin, right?

alwaysfiredup on December 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

We already have an 0bama fanboy in that position.

CurtZHP on December 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

It says right there, in the first paragraph of Section 2 – The House.

“… shall be composed of members chosen every second year ….”

What part of Speaker of the House having to be a member doesn’t Ornstein understand.

Dusty on December 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

You’re assuming that a “journalist” will research and backup their stories and make sure they have all the facts first.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

That’s a good one. Well played.

kim roy on December 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Let’s get this straight-Huntsman is a moderate squish,he is not and never will be a conservative,as much as you phony moderates would like us to believe he is.

redware on December 26, 2012 at 2:28 PM

How about Bugs Bunny for Speaker of the House. Where does the Constitution say the Speaker has to be human? Or real? How about Marvin the Martian? Where does the Constitution say the Speaker has to be an American citizen?

What an ignoramus.

rbj on December 26, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Just what we need, more concern trolling. They must really, really like us.

ConservativeLA on December 26, 2012 at 2:57 PM

My pup Baguette is almost 5 mo old .
She can speak , sit and most important …..
she can lay down !
Lets hear it for Baguette !

Lucano on December 26, 2012 at 3:25 PM

By any reasonable standard, he is a conservative Republican

What? He’s barely even a moderate Republican.

theperfecteconomist on December 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Lucano on December 26, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Sounds overqualified for Congress if you ask me!! LOL.

NJ Red on December 26, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Chet Hunterson 2016!

corujodp on December 26, 2012 at 3:49 PM

to hopeful: I think the green room posts are just supposed to be lower priority, not as important news stories as regular blog posts. although yeah I do wonder where the other writers went!

Sachiko on December 26, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Sachiko on December 26, 2012 at 3:56 PM

A bunch of them have another site where they are posting now – don’t have the link handy. I’m just confused as to the purpose of the Green Room now. Doesn’t seem like they made a good trade off and I say that knowing that Ed and Ap probably had no control over the change.

hopeful on December 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Sure, why not….

Let it – and them – burn.

Ace ODale on December 26, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Wasn’t little jon head of the “no name party?” No thanks jon, stick with your dad’s company. Or with 0b0z0, just think you didn’t have to leave the ambassadorship after all.
Stick with the people who brung ya!
NO, NO, NO thanks jonny!

Bambi on December 26, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Randy Huntsman would make an excellent Speaker…or President…or Mandarin orange.

trs on December 26, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Mark Levin for Speaker of the House!

trs on December 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

… how about Jon Huntsman for Speaker?

Because he’s a real conservative, says Norman Ornstein

…obviously!…Norman has never had to pee in a cup… to keep his job!

KOOLAID2 on December 26, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Someone let Norman Ornstein know that April Fools’ Day isn’t for four more months.

TXJenny on December 26, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I would rather set my hair on fire and put it out with a hammer.

kingsjester on December 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

We might as well; apparently the whole world thinks anyone remotely conservative is a complete lunatic. Oh, well. If I can’t find the hammer, I’ll just use the butt of my high-capacity semi-automatic handgun; that’ll at least please the mob.

M240H on December 26, 2012 at 11:41 PM

NO! A 1000X NO! ENOUGH of moderate-RINOs thinking Hunstman is acceptable for ANYTHING.

rayra on December 27, 2012 at 2:20 AM

What part of Speaker of the House having to be a member doesn’t Ornstein understand.

Dusty on December 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Hey ignorant fool -

The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (or Speaker of the House) is the presiding officer of the chamber. The office was established in 1789 by Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, which states in part, “The House of Representatives shall chuse [sic] their Speaker…” The current speaker is John Boehner, a Republican who represents Ohio’s 8th congressional district. The Constitution does not require that the Speaker be an elected Member of Congress, but no non-member has ever been elected to the office.[1]

rayra on December 27, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Darn the luck, darn it!

ZK on December 27, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Say, Republican conservatives, how about Jon Huntsman for Speaker?

Hahahaha… no.

Ukiah on December 27, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I’ll just use the butt of my high-capacity semi-automatic handgun; that’ll at least please the mob.

M240H on December 26, 2012 at 11:41 PM

That’s ‘semi-automatic assault handgun.

Washington Nearsider on December 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM

The MSM loves this guy.
That’s reason enough for a ‘No.’

TimBuk3 on December 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM

How about no.

upinak on December 26, 2012 at 11:14 AM

+1

dogsoldier on December 27, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Jon Huntsman Obama loves him and appointed him United States Ambassador to China from 2009 to 2011.

He did run for President in 2012 but never got out of low single digits.

He started Health Exchanges in Utah so like Mitt Romney was a supporter of Obama Care. Mitt is the only prominent Republican further to the left.

Conservatives. Give me a break we hate him to the end of the Earth. He represents everything wrong and evil about the current GOP.

Steveangell on December 27, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Romney is not to the left of little jonny! You are a jerk if you think so!

Bambi on December 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM