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Ben Stein: It's Gingrich-Huntsman (Yes, he's serious)
The American Spectator ^ | December 14, 2011 | Ben Stein

Posted on 12/15/2011 9:50:48 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

A very clear view from Rancho Mirage.

Monday

A grueling drive down from rainy Los Angeles to Rancho Mirage. It is about the drabbest drive there is anywhere on earth. The New Jersey Turnpike is like the 17 Mile Drive in Carmel by comparison.

We always make a lot of stops because, well, because we're old and get tired easily. I visited with people at a hotel in Ontario, then at a CVS and a gas station in Calimesa, and at a Bob's Big Boy. I am like a small town politician and my district runs along Highway 10 from Los Angeles to Rancho Mirage.

In Rancho Mirage, we stopped at Pavilions to buy a few animal food things. The immense superstore was eerily empty. Only a few elderly men and women, alone, not in couples, shopped carefully for cat food and casually for frozen TV dinners. They looked desperately lonely. What if I were one of them? And how much it evokes my father when my mother died. He was miserable until he met a woman who took him to concerts at the Kennedy Center. Then he was happy. A good woman is everything.

I had wandered far away in the store from Big Wifey and suddenly I could not see her any longer. I got frightened. What if she were gone? What if I were alone without my wife? I was totally scared. I don't want to be 67 and alone. Or any age and alone.

I scurried around and found her smiling her big Denman grin at the checkout counter. Now, it's Christmas. My gift from God was standing there looking at magazines. The most beautiful, kindest, smartest, most loving, most generous woman, with the best sense of humor on this earth....

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TOPICS: California; Campaign News; Parties
KEYWORDS: biden; gingrich; huntsman; obama; stein
How can someone so smart be so stupid? Jon Huntsman? Huh?
1 posted on 12/15/2011 9:50:52 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ben Stein is fun-nee. ha ha ha. Bueller ? Bueller ? Bueller ?


2 posted on 12/15/2011 9:53:59 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think Gingrich/Susana Martinez could work


3 posted on 12/15/2011 9:57:36 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Mo Udall of 2012.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The C-Span conversation between Newt and Huntsman demonstrated a good rapport between both men. They were each knowledgable and high class. I believe Huntsman would be a supportive and strong SOS - if Bolton declines.

A time for healing after the primaries will see a lot of coalescing from the adults.


4 posted on 12/15/2011 9:58:46 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Gingrich - flying solo - without congressional baggage!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Newt and Bachman

Newt and Santorum

Newt and Palin

Not Newt and Mittens or Huntsman, not now not ever.

5 posted on 12/15/2011 10:03:14 AM PST by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on television.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m so glad he’s always wrong.


6 posted on 12/15/2011 10:05:38 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Dr. Sivana

We need Susana Martinez to stay here in NM for awhile. Marco Rubio is the best VP choice for any of the candidates. He delivers Florida without a fight. He coalesces conservatives, and he gets Hispanic votes.


7 posted on 12/15/2011 10:17:39 AM PST by pallis
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To: PieterCasparzen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP0mQeLWCCo


8 posted on 12/15/2011 10:24:54 AM PST by World'sGoneInsane (Make America Great Again--Perry 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Finally, we agree on something...lol


9 posted on 12/15/2011 10:26:51 AM PST by World'sGoneInsane (Make America Great Again--Perry 2012)
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To: BunnySlippers

I have had no use for him or American Spectator since he maxed out for Franken.


10 posted on 12/15/2011 10:29:59 AM PST by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Of course Huntsman should be on the ticket -— he can deliver the all-important Utah electoral votes.


11 posted on 12/15/2011 10:39:22 AM PST by Walrus (Big government is the natural enemy of liberty)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I had wandered far away in the store from Big Wifey and suddenly I could not see her any longer. I got frightened. What if she were gone? What if I were alone without my wife? I was totally scared. I don't want to be 67 and alone. Or any age and alone.

Most people develop a sense of "object permanence" before they're 67 months old, much less 67 years.

12 posted on 12/15/2011 10:50:22 AM PST by Burkean Buckleyite
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To: sodpoodle
FWIW, I also think Hunstman could be OK as long as you can keep him far, far aware from anything which has to do with Gorebul Warming. In some ways, he reminds me of a sane version of Ron Paul.
13 posted on 12/15/2011 10:50:32 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Uncle Ben has become quite the old fool!


14 posted on 12/15/2011 11:03:59 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I had wandered far away in the store from Big Wifey and suddenly I could not see her any longer. I got frightened. What if she were gone? What if I were alone without my wife? I was totally scared. I don’t want to be 67 and alone. Or any age and alone.”

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Oh my gosh! For real?

Still a cowardly pussy, and a Democrat to boot, eh Ben?

I used to subscribe to American Spectator, but Stein’s ulcerative neuroses and unrelenting, shameless, fearfulness, was painful and embarrassing to read.


16 posted on 12/15/2011 11:10:19 AM PST by EyeGuy (moral)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

MSNBC is the Huntsman booster channel.

Today it was the meme of “he’s of conservative, really...”

I think they are cerial.


17 posted on 12/15/2011 11:17:37 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Huntsman is a big government, pseudo-conservative, nanny stater with an over-developed sense of elitist noblese oblige. He doesn't think the “little people” are capable of making their own decisions, so it's up to their “betters” to do it for them. The guy is so oily and smarmy, he practically oozes insincerity.
18 posted on 12/15/2011 11:20:31 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: pallis
Marco Rubio is the best VP choice for any of the candidates.

Agree completely.
19 posted on 12/15/2011 11:22:14 AM PST by Signalman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I could go for Hunstman as veep. It puts him in a place that doesn’t really do a whole lot, yet keeps him in the news enough for pictures of his daughters to still be relevant.


20 posted on 12/15/2011 11:33:25 AM PST by tnlibertarian (Things are so bad now, Kenyans are saying Obama was born in the USA.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The last thing America needs is a VP with magical underwear.


21 posted on 12/15/2011 11:37:40 AM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: stars & stripes forever

Huntsman reminds me of “Silky Pony”. And he is definately in the wrong party.


22 posted on 12/15/2011 11:40:27 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: tnlibertarian

Speaker Newt Gingrich is 68 years old as of right now, which presents a strong possibility that his VP may one day be president.


23 posted on 12/15/2011 11:41:21 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It was a good intelligent debate. I’d like to see Newt pick Paul Ryan as his running mate and tell David Gregory to go stick it.


24 posted on 12/15/2011 11:51:44 AM PST by larryleo (We all need to get Newtered!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Interestingly, if Huntsman had come out and fought for the conservative vote instead of deriding it, he probably would win this nomination. He’s actually more conservative than not, has economic and foreign policy chops.

Unfortunately, his political instinct looks to be awful. His approach to attack the field and the base is not smart at all.


25 posted on 12/15/2011 12:25:56 PM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: All; 2ndDivisionVet
Huntsman was very solid in the Newt-Huntsman foreign policy debate. He's been a governor with an apparently good fiscal record.

He's creepy but if you're looking for a stable, inoffensive, capable benchwarmer Huntsman might be worth consideration.

I think Newt, if he beats Romney for the nomination, should consider a retiring or former governor as VP. Huntsman isn't who I had in mind--and no she isn't either.

26 posted on 12/15/2011 1:44:31 PM PST by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelect Obama and Speaker Pelosi.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ben is trying to position himself with one foot in both camps.

You could call them the establishment Romney faction and the anti-establishment Gingrich faction, though really those terms establishment and anti-establishment don't apply at all in this case.

Ben picks Gingrich to say that he's in camp B, then adds Huntsman as a gesture in the direction of Romney to say that he's not hostile to camp A.

27 posted on 12/15/2011 1:54:38 PM PST by x
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d have no problem with Huntsman as the Veep. His problem is really horrible campaign advice more than anything. Early in his campaign his people were positioning him to go after the mythical Republican grassroots moderate vote. At the beginning of the campaign they were signalling a distaste for Tea Party and Scoial Conservative stridency. There’s no need for a Republican candidate to take an official stance on evolution or suggest that AGW doubters are anti-science. He needed to sell himself on his record, not spout off about controversial secondary issues. His campaign has been horribly and stupidly run thus far(which is not surprising given that it’s being run by a former McCain campaign chairman/flunky John Weaver), but I don’t think he’s anywhere near the poser that Romney is. Huntsman has a solid conservative record outside of his waffling on the AGW issue. He’d make Biden look like the fool he is in the VP debate and the media would have a difficult time demonizing and cariacaturing him after the glossy coverage they’ve given him so far. I’m not a big fan of attaching one of our rising stars(Paul/Rubio) to Gingrich. Getting more of our votes won’t be an issue, and if the good ship Gingrich goes down, it could drag down the VP nominee as well. I’d just as soon have Paul and Rubio stay on their jobs in congress.


28 posted on 12/15/2011 3:34:30 PM PST by Blackyce (President Jacques Chirac: "As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure."y)
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To: Blackyce

BTW “Paul” = Paul Ryan, not the isolationsist anti-semite Texan.


29 posted on 12/15/2011 3:38:04 PM PST by Blackyce (President Jacques Chirac: "As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure.")
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To: tnlibertarian

lol!

+1


30 posted on 12/15/2011 4:57:31 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m always amazed at the people who claim that Huntsman should be a Democrat. Amazed. It also poses two questions:

If a pro-life, pro-gun, tax-cutting governor of one of the most conservative states in the country, isn’t welcome in the Republican Party, just how tiny do you want this party to be?

And, how on earth do you propose that we ever win a presidential election again, hunkered down as we would be in our redoubt of dubious purity?


31 posted on 12/16/2011 5:05:31 AM PST by Tredegar (Huntsman 2012 - Qualifications, Experience and Expertise, MATTER)
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