It did not take a stretch of inference to conclude that Huntsman was suggesting the current Republican Party is not sane. Asked about his comments after the coffee shop appearance Sunday, Huntsman at first answered, “I’m encouraged by Paul Ryan. I’m encouraged by people who are putting forward real ideas in the Republican Party. We need more of that than we need theatrics.”

But what about the suggestion that the GOP is nuts? “We are sane when we stand up and we talk about real solutions for the American people,” Huntsman said. “We are insane when we stand up and light our hair on fire, when we engage in political theatrics and soundbites that just don’t make any sense. The American people need real ideas, and they ultimately want to be brought together. They want this country to work.”