Skip to comments.The GOP's front runners: Bad and worse (George Will pegs Huntsman as most principled conservative).
Posted on 12/02/2011 9:53:00 PM PST by St. Louis Conservative
Jon Huntsman inexplicably chose to debut as the Republican for people who rather dislike Republicans, but his program is the most conservative. He endorses Paul Ryans budget and entitlement reforms. (Gingrich denounced Ryans Medicare reform as right-wing social engineering.) Huntsman would privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (Gingrichs benefactor). Huntsman would end double taxation on investment by eliminating taxes on capital gains and dividends. (Romney would eliminate them only for people earning less than $200,000, who currently pay just 9.3 percent of them.) Huntsmans thorough opposition to corporate welfare includes farm subsidies. (Romney has justified them as national security measures food security, somehow threatened. Gingrich says opponents of ethanol subsidies are big-city people hostile to farmers.) Huntsman considers No Child Left Behind, the semi-nationalization of primary and secondary education, an unmitigated disaster. (Romney and Gingrich support it. Gingrich has endorsed a national curriculum.) Between Ron Pauls isolationism and the faintly variant bellicosities of the other six candidates stands Huntsmans conservative foreign policy, skeptically nuanced about Americas need or ability to control many distant developments.
Romney might not be a Dewey. Gingrich might stop being (as Churchill said of John Foster Dulles) a bull who carries his own china shop around with him. But both are too risky to anoint today.
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Who the Hell is George Will, and why should I give a damn about what he has to say?
Kind of funnily shows how some of these syndicated pundits are way off in left field.
Did you read what he said? Where specifically do you think he’s wrong? Have you seen Huntsman’s platform?
He may very well be the most consistent candidate, I will not argue against that.
Doesn’t mean he’s the most consistent Republican candidate.
Huntsman’s platform is basically to be a political whore who was willing to be Obama’s errand boy to the ChiComs. Since when does a “principled conservative” sell-out to kiss the bum of someone who made Ted Kennedy look like a moderate Democrat?
I’ve heard that Huntsman had a really good record running Utah.
Fax me some of that stuff you’re smoking.
George Will misses on both counts.
I won’t defend his ambassadorship under Obama. All I can say is that I have looked at his record as governor, and I’ve looked at his platform in detail. I’ve also looked at the other top tier candidates, and there’s no question that Huntsman is the MOST conservative of the bunch. I would encourage you to do some reading and some thinking on this.
The choice will come down to Newt, Mitt, or Huntsman. It’s that simple. Out of those three, Huntsman is the most conservative, and has by FAR the best chance to decisively beat Obama in the general.
The choice is between Gingrich and Romney and George Wills' frustration does not change that reality one millimeter. By focusing his solution on a fringe candidate, George Will squandered whatever opportunity he sought in this column to influence conservatives' choice.
If his platform is represented by what he articulates in the debates, then yes.
Huntsman seems like a nice guy, but Will must be smokin’ some weed to think that we ignorant, anti-science Republicans are going to go out of our lazy-ass way to support his prescient pick.
Nope... Not interested in a Mitt light. He’s in it to help Mitt win.
The last thing we need is a trust fund billionaire who belongs to a religion that many people don't understand and could be twisted to make him look strange. And that is just Romney. Huntsman also has the benefit of working for Obama at one time.
If only he didn’t work for 0bama, he might deserve a consideration. As it is, it’s difficult for conservatives to consider him to beat his (former?) boss, regardless his position on issues.
Seriously, dude. What ARE you smoking ? (C)Huntsman ? Zero’s meat puppet Ambassador idiot-savant ? Tell me this is parody.