Skip to comments.Huntsman expects success in New Hampshire; calls Romney a 'well-lubricated weather vane'
Posted on 11/17/2011 12:25:27 PM PST by Antoninus
SALT LAKE CITY GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. predicted Friday that New Hampshire voters will rally around him in the nation's first primary.
Huntsman stopped short of saying he would win in New Hampshire but said he is moving up in the polls there, sparking what he said was a 240 percent boost in fundraising....
And he took a swipe at the other Mormon in the race, former Utah Olympic leader Mitt Romney. Romney, who has the support of most Utah GOP leaders in both his 2008 and 2012 bids, has been a frontrunner....
"You can't be a perfectly lubricated weather vane on the important issues of the day, whether it's Libya, whether it's the debt ceiling, whether it's the discussion around the Kasich bill in Ohio, where Gov. Romney has been missing in action in terms of showing any kind of leadership," Huntsman told Blitzer, according to a transcript of the interview....
"There's only one ticket out of New Hampshire for a moderate, center right candidate. It's either Romney or Huntsman. It's not going to be both," Scala said. "It's win or go home, I think, for Huntsman."
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I don't like Huntsman particularly, but he could play a major role in defeating Romney. He could seriously cut the legs out from under Romney in NH.
At least he's good for something.
Now that there's funny.
My daddy is richer than your daddy. pppphhhhhtt
Hey! Huntsman finally says something I agree with! (The part about Mittens being a weather vane, not about Huntsman doing well in NH). Of course since Huntsman is the only candidate to the left of Mittens, that’s sort of like the pot calling the kettle black.
Actually, I think there are 3 who should drop out: Huntsman, Bachmann and Santorum. They’re clogging things up. Each one may have some strengths - Bachmann is very good with numbers, for example - but they’re not going to make it nationally.
Ron Paul is a libertarian nutcase who shares virtually no GOP positions. But his supporters are so devoted to him that they wouldn’t vote for anybody else anyway, so he doesn’t matter.
Oh la! Anyone who doesn’t read “Can Mitt Romney Serve Two Masters”, will only have themselves to blame if either Romney and his side kick Huntsman get in. And believe me if Romney gets inn he’ll find a place for Huntsman.
I agree completely, Huntsman catching on would doom Romney.
Is this guy reading FR?
I have been calling him an Oklahoma Weather Vane for months!
Huntsman's problem: I know right where he stands.
You are correct.
This is just political posturing but, Romney and Huntsman are cousins...1st cousins and that’s a fact.
Romney will absolutely find a place for his cousin.
Sue him! That is too good of a line to give away.
Do they both wear magical underwear?
I thought that was Fred Karger.
“...a perfectly lubricated weather vane...”
That’s something’s that’s gonna stick.
The taxpayers need to well lubricated if Mitt gets the nod. Between him and Hussein, it ain’t gonna be pretty.
If he catches on, he might poll 3% instead of 2%.
Huntsman does have a knack for a crafted phrase. “A well-lubricated weather vane” is PERFECT for Romney! Don’t like his opinion now? Just wait 5 minutes!
Huntsman is in NH every week. It is the only state he is competing in as he is skipping IA and SC.
Last poll shows him at 7%. If he finishes third, maybe he lives for another week. I guess his strategy is that if Milt melts completely, he will continue on vs. Newt ... but even then, Newt, Cain, Paul will have 3 candidates going the distance ... so I cannot see the Huntsmen getting any traction even if he is successful.
He has run an interesting campaign in rural NH. The problem is that candidate is dull. And a “moderate-liberal” who won’t call himself a conservative.
Huntsman does have a knack for a crafted phrase.
But his delivery is awful. Whenever he slams someone with a clever insult, he has a look on his face that says, “Look, I just said a funny.” Reminds me of a dopey, unpopular 11-year-old who just wants to fit in with the other kids and, so, tries to say something that will make the other kids laugh.
That and he is so unmanly.
LOL 'Weather vane' isn't the word I would use but nice illiteration.
Huntsman is too boring and too ineffective to accomplish much of anything.
Huntsman ...calls Romney a ‘well-lubricated weather vane’
You dissed the fair haired boy...
No temple recommend for you...
They are NOT 1st cousins. They are 3rd cousins, once removed. Not a lot of love lost between the two at the moment, it seems.
Not strictly true that. Huntsman has, as you point out, worked New Hampshire harder than any other candidate. The numbers attending his Town Hall meetings are on the rise, his Super PAC only started airing the first pro-Huntsman ad a couple of days ago. The ad trumpets his conservatism. It’s all about his conservatism.
His positions are conservative, sans his belief in global warming, but then again his energy position negates that.
They’re still robotic D**ks...
Huntsman is not left of Mitt. Actually, you could make a strong case that he is to the RIGHT of Perry and Newt.
Look at his record as governor and his positions on issues now. Don’t get caught up in his rhetoric - that is nothing more than posturing. Personally, I’d rather have a true conservative who speaks like a moderate, rather than a moderate who speaks like a conservative....which is what we have in the GOP primary to a large degree.
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