Skip to comments.Jon Huntsman: The No-Drama Conservative (his record is to the right of everyone running)
Posted on 11/30/2011 11:19:15 AM PST by St. Louis Conservative
HANOVER, NHJon Huntsman walked out of the rear door of a Dartmouth auditorium. His head swiveled as he looked for the black SUV that will take him to his next stop. He had just given a speech emphasizing his claim that the future of America will not be decided on a battlefield in remotest Afghanistan but along the trade routes of the Pacific. The applause had barely died down in the hall as Huntsman exited into the quiet streets of Hanover. He took one second to sigh. He had just launched Phase Two of his campaign, and it was a success.
The reboot couldnt come fast enough. Huntsman had made no dent in the polls since his launch in June. Instead, the avalanche of prestige media mash-notes to his campaign had the effect of raising expectations ridiculously high and smothering him with the labels soft and moderate in an era when Tea-caffeinated primary voters are looking for hard and right. The hastily constructed campaignlargely built while the candidate was still serving as Obamas ambassador to Chinawas subject to infighting and leaked acrimony that would outlast Julys reorganization. Huntsman was sinking almost as fast as Tim Pawlenty, his name recognition barely above Buddy Roemers.
But this rickety launch obscured more than it revealed. Huntsman may be uncomfortable in the ideological sweathouse that is the conservative movement. He may be diplomatic when the right is dyspeptic. But his candidacy offers conservatives two very tantalizing possibilities: a break with the Bush legacy on foreign policy and the chance to move their policy prescriptions off the Tea Partys placards and into the center of our political debate. Huntsmans record shows that conservative politics can triumph not just through conflict but also by concord.
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Let me sum this up for you with a single sentence:
34 days until Iowa is too late to give someone with under 5% in the polls a “second look”.
He worked for Hussein. ‘nuf said.
Hey look at that, someone just dropped a load of cow manure on my monitor.
Those dogs won’t hunts, man.
Huntsman hasn’t a chance.
Of all the candidates this guy just creeps me out. He’s smarmy and then pats himself on the back for being that way. He’s on my definite no list and there are few on that list right now.
Like you, He is not a conservative.
You are not, because you think we are stupid enough to buy this crap.
“He had just given a speech emphasizing his claim that the future of America will not be decided on a battlefield in remotest Afghanistan but along the trade routes of the Pacific.”
Couldn’t be more wrong. It’ll be decided in the voting booths of America on election day. This election day. We have to worry about what’s happening in DC, not Beijing.
Being part of Zer0’s team-up-on-America is a candidacy death knell.
Wait about I take back all the bad things I said.
Huntsman has a pretty good record but just doesn’t come across as “Presidential” on TV. It’s probably too late for him this time, but he’ll be a strong challenger to Jeb in 2016.
Did he get good ratings because his legislature made him go right or did he drag the legislature to the right?
Huh? Man made global warming is now a conservative point of view, no thanks.
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You don’t get to be a conservative pet in those venues without learning how to suck up to liberals.
When he stops kicking conservatives in the teeth then I’ll reconsider.
On health care, on taxes, on spending, on abortion....
AGW. Opps, you forgot that one.