Skip to comments.The Manchurian Candidate (Jon Huntsman hints about 2012 run)
Posted on 01/01/2011 8:47:52 AM PST by Hawk720
...The moderate Republican had once been considered a rising star in the GOP and a likely 2012 contender, with David Plouffe, Barack Obamas campaign mastermind, even identifying Huntsman as the only Republican who made him a wee bit queasy about the next race. But speculation ended abruptly in 2009 when Obama tapped Huntsman for the ambassadorship. National pundits called the appointment a shrewd move by the White House to sideline a potential rival, and then promptly forgot about himwhich is probably why last falls Beehive State buzz was drowned out on the national stage by the noise of the midterms.
Now, it appears, the ambassador is ready to make some noise of his own. Sitting in the echo-y living room of his new Washington home, Huntsman, a tall, lean man with silver hair and impeccable posture, pauses only briefly when faced with the question of presidential aspirations. You know, Im really focused on what were doing in our current position, he says. But we wont do this forever, and I think we may have one final run left in our bones. Asked whether he is prepared to rule out a run in 2012 (since it would require him to campaign against his current boss), he declines to comment.
The winking responseabout as close to a hat-in-ring announcement as youll get from a sitting member of the incumbents administrationcould just be a hollow cry for attention. But sources close to Huntsman (who requested anonymity to speak freely without his permission) say that during his December trip to the U.S., he met with several former political advisers in Washington and Salt Lake City to discuss a potential campaign.
(Excerpt) Read more at newsweek.com ...
Funny, I’ve just never heard of this guy. Is he one of Harold Stassen’s relatives or what?
Oh, god a silver spoon in the mouth busbies type. You cannot make up crap like this.
He supports the father who has vowed to die broke and gives away his money. Tons of it.
Nope, different Huntsman. John Huntsman Sr. is Beck’s hero, this is Jr.
Beck supports his old man. This guy is just another trust fundee Nelson Rockefeller wannabee, with ZERO chance of being elected to President. Perfect for Newsweeks support in the Republican primaries.
The status quo was once conservative, but it keeps shifting Left now due to the work of activist Democrats in government. Republicans don't seem to know how to shift it back Right again - only to slow or stop the shift for a time.
“Why would Glenn Beck support a jerk like that?”
Beck has had his father on. And it sounds like he’s different than his father. Perhaps like Christopher Buckley?? Just a guess.
Six, with all that money he should have at least bought an even dozen.
I'd stay away from him just on that basis.
And again, I don't know the guy, never heard of him, and I'm pretty sure he is not involved in anything Conservative.
From the article:The establishment still doesn't get it. They think that the TEA Parties are a fad and that we'll go back to sleep now that we've "won" this round.
But an increasingly vocal segment of the GOP is worried that the conservative populism of 2010 is distracting the party from its more pressing priorities. We may be confusing a clearing in the forest for being out of the woods, says Republican strategist John Weaver, who notes young voters disapproval of some of the partys social agenda. There is a ticking demographic time bomb working against us, and if we dont correct that problem very soon, we could wind up back where we were four years ago. What the party needs now, argue supporters like Weaver, is a leader who can negotiate a treaty of sorts between the right-wing base and forward-thinking moderates. The GOP, in other words, needs an ambassador.
What the party needs now is to realize that the reason they lost in 2006 and 2008 is because they spent 6 years trying to be liberals. They spent like drunken sailors. Actually, they spent like Democrats. Drunken sailors only waste their own money. They couldn't find enough fiscal restraint to make permanent changes to the tax code.
The Bush tax hikes that we just narrowly averted (by delaying them for the next lame duck Congress) were the result of Progressive Republican spending started under George W. Bush. Spending that most of the "leadership" in the Republican party voted for, supported and will likely continue in spite of the TEA party victories this year.
TEA Parties need to get into the Republican party structure and drag the party back to some strong conservative principles. If that doesn't work, there's always the possibility of a third party forming. I don't think that would be a good thing, but these "Republican Strategists" need to realize, if they push the TEA Partiers into a third party, it's the Republicans that will lose big.
People like this "Strategist," John Weaver will destroy the Republican party and quicken the fall of these United States.
“... impeccable posture...”
And how was the crease in his pants, McKay?
I strongly recommend any "third party" type TEA Partiers GO THERE FIRST.
Here’s an old thread on Huntsman.
Huntsman strategist: If Palin and Limbaugh dominate, GOP ‘headed for a blowout’ in 2012
Is this guy any relation to the billionaire John Huntsman who is a frequent guest on the Glenn Beck show?
“Dems propping up people the can beat easily...”
Dems were successful in doing this in 2008, so expect them to try again in 2012.
In 2008 Republicans failed to coalesce behind an electable candidate, so the Dems and mainstream media made sure we got stuck with McCain. Even McCain should have been able to beat Zero, but he ran his campaign about as well as he flew his plane over North Vietnam on the day he got shot down.
The guy is royally "we-wee-weeeed up"...
notes young voters disapproval of some of the partys social agenda. There is a ticking demographic time bomb working against us, and if we dont correct that problem very soon, we could wind up back where we were four years ago. What the party needs now, argue supporters like Weaver, is a leader who can negotiate a treaty of sorts between the right-wing base and forward-thinking moderates. The GOP, in other words, needs an ambassador.
I just love that phrase "ticking demographic time bomb". I'm old enough to remember that was the thinking back there in 1964.
He could be good, bad or something else, but if Newsweek is saying nice things about him?
Glad someone else picked up on that, and read the whole article.
Then with newsweeks vote and his own he will have two. LOL
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