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  • Too Many Conservatives Running In 2016 Primary

    03/23/2015 5:02:01 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 104 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | March 23, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Ted Cruz is set to announce is candidacy for President of the United States. Rand Paul is apparently going to announce early next month before going on a campaign tour. Until today technically the only candidate was Jeb Bush, who announced late last year his intentions. At the time everyone thought that Bush was going to force everyone else to declare their candidacy early. It doesn’t appear that has happened, Cruz and Paul have appeared in no rush to make a formal announcement. Scott Walker, perhaps the front runner in the race, still hasn’t formally announced his candidacy and there’s...
  • The Early Betting Lines for 2016: What the nation’s top horse race looks like now.

    03/06/2015 11:24:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 7, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    A question I often am asked is: "Who would you bet on to win the presidency?" Personally, I don't bet on politics, but here's my current take on the 2016 presidential race—with, of course, the caveat that we don't know which campaigns will turn out the best in terms of organization, strategy, tactics, or execution, much less which candidates will step on land mines along the way. The Democratic nomination appears fairly straightforward. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the prohibitive favorite. If her early stumbles during her book tour, or remarks like the one she made about...
  • GOP Estab Courting Jon Huntsman to Challenge Mike Lee

    02/16/2015 6:21:34 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 24 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/15/15 | Tony Lee
    Establishment Republicans are reportedly trying to convince former Utah Governor and failed 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman to oust Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in 2016. CNN’s John King said on Inside Politics that national establishment leaders in the business community will join state establishment leaders to try to convince President Barack Obama’s former Ambassador to China to challenge Lee. King noted that Huntsman’s deep-pocketed dad (Huntsman Sr., though, did pony up funds to his son’s campaign down the stretch–perhaps because he saw the writing on the wall.) does not like Lee (Huntsman Sr. is reportedly upset his cancer institute did...
  • Big Cocaine Gang Allied to Hezbollah Rounded up

    04/30/2009 3:59:46 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 1,176+ views
    NIS NEWS.nl ^ | THE HAGUE, 30/04/09 | n/a
    Note: The following news brief is a quote: - In cooperation with various other countries, Dutch authorities have rounded up a big cocaine gang that had links with Hezbollah. Seventeen suspects were arrested on Curacao, the biggest island of the Netherlands Antilles, the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) has revealed. International cooperation between police and judicial services of the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles, Belgium, Colombia, Venezuela and the US led to the arrest of the 17 suspects by the Curacao police. They are believed to be part of a drugs and money-laundering organisation with international branches, thought to be responsible...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 25 January 2015

    01/25/2015 4:27:49 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 134 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 25 January 2015 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 25th, 2015 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): McDonough; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark. FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): McDonough; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill, Adam Schiff, D-Calif, and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.; former Gov. Jon Huntsman, R-Utah.
  • Stacking the Deck (2016 GOP Nominee Hopefuls)

    01/18/2015 9:40:45 AM PST · by parksstp · 15 replies
    Green Papers ^ | 01-18-2015 | parksstp
    If you're not familiar with the following website, you need to. These guys have systematically all of the data concerning the delegates and nomination process for the parties and how delegates are selected, what counts, and what doesn't count. I've reviewed the list and am currently working on an IA projection map of the caucus and potential vote but waiting until the straw poll when I can start filling in candidates. Yet, when I review the total states, I find it difficult to see how the Establishment loses if they are unopposed by other Establishment candidates. Red States for the...
  • Andrew Sullivan: Why Give Up On Huntsman? [Andy endorsed Ru Paul last week] (Spew warning)

    12/21/2011 9:02:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 20, 2011 | Andrew Sullivan
    Many readers are scratching their heads over my endorsement of Ron Paul last week. One writes: Let me add a few more reasons to vote for Ron Paul: If you want all federal student aid eliminated, vote Paul. If you want the Department of Energy, Commerce, Interior, Education and Housing & Urban Development eliminated, vote Paul. If you want the department of Transportation Security Administration eliminated (meaning security is the sole responsibility of private property owners), vote Paul. You can't just ignore Paul's "nuttier policy proposals". These proposals are Paul. If you endorse Ron Paul, you're endorsing his proposals. There...
  • Shock poll: Jeb Bush is choice of conservatives, Romney is establishment pick

    12/26/2014 11:20:36 AM PST · by entropy12 · 196 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/25/2014 | Paul Bedard
    In a new poll of likely Republican primary voters nationwide by Zogby Analytics, 2012 GOP nominee Romney leads the pack with 14%, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (12%), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (10%), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (8%), former Arkansas Governor and now Fox News Host Mike Huckabee (7%), Florida Senator Marco Rubio (7%), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (5%), Rep. and former Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan (4%), Texas Governor Rick Perry (4%), Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (3%), Texas Senator Ted Cruz (3%), South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (2%), former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (1%), and both...
  • Who Is Governor Jon Huntsman?

    05/26/2011 4:01:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 27, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Let's go to the audio sound bites. I tasked Cookie with getting some audio sound bites of Jon Huntsman Jr. My e-mail is overrun with people who want to know: "Who is this guy, the ambassador to China? Who is he?" because of course the mainstream, the Drive-Bys have thrown him now in the top three Republican presidential candidates. (interruption) I have not played golf with Jon Huntsman Jr., no. Nor have I played golf with Jon Huntsman Sr. I haven't played golf with anybody. No. (interruption) No, I have not smoked cigars with Jon Huntsman Jr.,...
  • LaTourette says GOP at crossroads, must shift from right to have shot at White House, Senate

    04/22/2014 7:52:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Akron Beacon Journal | April 22, 2013 | Stephanie Warsmith
    Link only: http://www.ohio.com/news/latourette-says-gop-at-crossroads-must-shift-from-right-to-have-shot-at-white-house-senate-1.482707
  • "The Tea Party has completely...ruined the Republican Party": Jon Huntsman Sr.

    11/04/2014 9:42:26 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 119 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | November 4, 2014 | Aaron Tusk
    If the polls hold, 2014 should be a banner year for Republicans. But Jon Hunstman Sr., a self-described "lifelong Republican" and former special assistant to President Richard Nixon, is looking ahead with concern about the Grand Old Party's 2016 prospects. "The Tea Party has completely captivated and ruined the Republican Party today and they'll show this in 2016," says Hunstman, author of Barefoot to Billionaire. "Unless a Jeb Bush comes in or John Huntsman Jr., the Republicans don't have a prayer." ... The patriarch of the Huntsman family had a more terse reply when asked whether a 'moderate' Republican like...
  • Jon Huntsman staff creates a hit piece about Huntsman & claims Ron Paul did it!

    01/07/2012 10:26:34 AM PST · by Leader_Of_The _Conservatives · 72 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | Angel Clark
    Story at link
  • Jeb Bush, Jr. Endorses Huntsman

    08/10/2011 9:49:54 AM PDT · by feralcat · 40 replies
    Presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman has snagged an endorsement in a key battleground state - Jeb Bush Jr, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Rumors of a "major" announcement from the Huntsman campaign have been circulating through Florida for days, leading many to speculate that the former governor himself would throw his weight behind Huntsman. It was his 28-year-old son, however, who accepted a position with the campaign and detailed his support in a statement released Wednesday.
  • Romney: Oh, you’d better believe I’d vote for Ron Paul over Obama

    12/28/2011 5:08:44 PM PST · by TBBT · 177 replies
    HotAir ^ | 12/28/2011 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via Mediaite, a predictable contrast to Gingrich’s ambivalence yesterday. Newt needs a win in Iowa or a close second to boost him in South Carolina and right now Paul and Romney are making that unlikely. He has to attack. All Romney needs is a decent third-place finish or better behind Paul and one of the lightly funded social-con candidates like Bachmann or Santorum who pose no real threat to him nationally. He’s right on track. Why say something critical that might give undecideds in Iowa pause about Paul and might give Paul fans even more of a reason not to...
  • JON HUNTSMAN-NEWT GINGRICH DEBATE (C-Span)

    12/12/2011 9:43:32 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 28 replies
    C-Span Video ^ | 12/13/2011 | C-Span
    Republican 2012 presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman met in a 90-minute Lincoln-Douglas style debate on national security and foreign policy. Video from yesterday's debate...
  • Report: GOP Establishment Plotting to Oust Conservative Leader Sen. Mike Lee

    12/23/2014 12:32:01 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 95 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/23/14 | Tony Lee
    Some prominent moderate establishment Republicans in Utah are plotting to target conservative icon Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) with a primary challenge in 2016. Lee’s offense? He didn’t drink the Washington Kool-aid and see the D.C. cesspool as a jacuzzi after he ousted incumbent Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT), who had supported the TARP bailouts, in 2010. When Lee prevailed over Bennett, he gave other conservatives across the country hope that they could also defeat entrenched incumbents who cared more about preserving the status quo above all else. Once Lee arrived in Washington, he didn’t turn his back on the base, which...
  • They’re Coming for Mike Lee

    12/22/2014 1:13:54 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 12/22/14 | Erick Erickson
    It is extremely notable that Manu Raju of the Politico has written that the establishment intends to destroy Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). Raju serves as the court stenographer for the Senate GOP leadership. His pieces are routinely littered with the conventional wisdom and talking points of the Senate GOP leadership. He has more than once anticipated Senate GOP leadership strategy based on their conversations with him. So when Manu Raju says the establishment intends to go on offense against the tea party by beating Sen. Mike Lee in the Utah Republican Primary, we can be sure Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY),...
  • Megadonor: Tea Party 'ruined' GOP

    11/05/2014 9:36:27 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 75 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/5/14 | JOSEPH LAWLER
    The Tea Party has "completely captivated and ruined" the Republican Party, and will doom the party's chances of reclaiming the presidency unless it is checked, says Jon Huntsman, Sr. The billionaire and one-time adviser to President Richard Nixon weighed in on the state of the GOP Tuesday in an interview with Yahoo Finance. He recommended that the party turn to a candidate such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or his son, Jon Huntsman, Jr., the former governor of Utah and U.S. ambassador to China who ran in the Republican primary for the 2012 nomination and was widely perceived as...
  • The dream of a Jon Huntsman independent run in 2016 is alive and well, my friends

    09/17/2014 6:40:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 17, 2014 | Allahpundit
    After trolling my own readers yesterday with rumors of Huckabee and Romney running again, I’d be remiss if I didn’t troll them with a rumor about a guy they dislike more than either of them. No half-measures when trolling. That’s my motto. Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has engaged in discussions with supporters in recent months about pursuing another White House bid — this time as an independent, according to three sources close to Huntsman… Other friends and former aides, however, suggested that the 2016 conversations were primarily a function of Huntsman’s willingness to hear out his supporters — not...
  • Jon Huntsman, Independent For President?

    09/17/2014 6:45:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 09/17/2014 | Ruby Cramer, McKay Coppins
    Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has engaged in discussions with supporters in recent months about pursuing another White House bid — this time as an independent, according to three sources close to Huntsman. The former Utah governor declined to comment for the record. His daughter, MSNBC co-host Abby Huntsman Livingston, who was a surrogate for Huntsman’s campaign in 2012, said in an email that her father is “primarily focused on family and private-sector endeavors.” She added: “He has no plans to run, but in politics never say never. I know there is a lot of pull out there for him...
  • How Jon Huntsman can win in 2016: Get your hands dirty this time, Jon

    05/16/2014 6:11:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Week ^ | May 16, 2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty, senior correspondent
    Last week Jon Huntsman encouraged a little speculation when he said he was "open" to running for the presidency again. After his last showing — in which he didn't even come close to winning a single state in the Republican primary — this announcement did not come with the same breathless fanfare as his last one. Still, I think he should go for it. My advice: Get petty and vindictive. In the last election cycle I was assigned to profile Huntsman, and I thought I would stick a few pins in him. I wanted to dislike him, in some way....
  • Huntsman Says He’s Open To Another Presidential Run

    05/07/2014 7:03:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 6, 2014 | Jamie Weinstein, senior editor
    Jon Huntsman thinks Hillary Clinton is just the cat’s meow, but that doesn’t mean the failed 2012 presidential contender isn’t leaving open the option of launching another disaster of a campaign in 2016. “Well, at the risk of totally destroying my future of politics, I have to say [Hillary Clinton] is a very impressive public servant,” the former Republican Utah governor told Larry King during an appearance on ”PoliticKING” on something called Ora.tv that will air Thursday. ”You know, as a young Republican you are trained to go after the Clintons and Hillary Clinton of course was the nemesis during...
  • Huntsman a 2016 wild card vs. Hillary?

    04/13/2014 6:55:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    All Voices ^ | April 7, 2014 | Bob Brennan, Anchor/Reporter
    The 2,500-seat Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts sold out March 31 for an appearance by Jon Huntsman as part of the Philadelphia Speaker Series. Two days later, Huntsman filled Boston Symphony Hall. Another Huntsman appearance at UCLA later this month is sold out. Without the benefit of incessant media attention some early 2016 prospects have been receiving, Huntsman’s visions and his authentic, inspiring way of conveying them has been attracting, and resonating with, capacity audiences. At the Kimmel Center, Huntsman drew laughs in lowering his hand slowly to the floor, a metaphor for the impact on his 2012 primary...
  • Jeb Bush Praises Illegal Immigrants As 'Risk Takers,' Defends Common Core

    03/21/2014 2:04:50 PM PDT · by bkopto · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Mar 21, 2014 | Tony Lee
    In a speech Friday, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush praised illegal immigrants as "risk takers" who embody the entrepreneurial spirit of America and doubled down on his defense of Common Core. According to the Miami-Herald, Bush made his remarks in front of business leaders in Florida. “People who come here legally and illegally are the risk takers,” Bush reportedly said. “If you’re living in a rural area of Guatemala and you come, you’re a bigger risk taker than those who stay,” he added. Of course, the first action of those who come to the country illegally is breaking the law....
  • Kristol Predicts Scarborough Will Seek 2016 Nomination as 'Huntsman' Republican

    02/06/2014 6:35:04 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Was Bill Kristol kidding—just throwing a sop to the not-inconsiderable ego of his host—or could he have been serious? On today's Morning Joe, unveiling his line-up of the nine Republicans he sees running for president in 2016, Kristol included none other than Joe Scarborough himself. But in an unkind cut to someone prospectively facing the famously conservative GOP primary electorate, Kristol described Scarborough as "filling the Huntsman lane" and representing a "Morning Joe conservatism." Ouch! As interesting as were Kristol's nine [which included Sarah Palin] were the names he left off his list, including Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio. View...
  • Huntsman leaves door open for another presidential run

    12/03/2013 6:20:41 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    UPI ^ | 11/26/13
    Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who ran for the Republican U.S. presidential nomination in 2012, suggested he might run again but said he is not a candidate yet....
  • Report: Campaign that pushed dirt to reporters on Herman Cain and Mitch Daniels...was...Huntsman?

    11/05/2013 6:22:28 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 23 replies
    HotAir ^ | November 4, 2013 | Allahpundit
    To think, we’ve spent two years believing it was Romney that had the nastiest, most relentless seek-and-destroy oppo operation on the GOP side. Now I feel like Frank Drebin discovering the missing evidence in the Kelner case. My god — he was innocent. If you believe the sources in “Double Down,” Team Huntsman feeding a mega-smear of Romney to Harry Reid was the tip of the iceberg. 1994, his wife Cheri left [Mitch] Daniels for a married man, but then the couple reconciled and remarried. “In the years since, she had never spoken publicly about the turmoil, and Mitch had...
  • Orrin Hatch vs. the Heritage Foundation (In case you were in any doubt)

    10/19/2013 6:29:00 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 30 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 10/18/2013 | Chris Cillizza
    After calling Obamacare a “dog bill” and insisting that some good did come out of the shutdown showdown, Hatch was blunt when asked about the influence of outside conservative groups and the Heritage Foundation in particular. “Heritage used to be the conservative organization helping Republicans and helping conservatives and helping us to be able to have the best intellectual conservative ideas,” Hatch said. “There’s some real question in the minds of many Republicans now … is Heritage going to go so political that it really doesn’t amount to anything anymore…. Right now I think it’s in danger of losing its...
  • Can’t Mike Lee do better? (Jennifer RUBE salivates over a RINO challenge to Lee)

    10/19/2013 6:59:50 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 16 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | 10/18/2013 | Jennifer Rubin (AKA - The Rube, or Jennifer Durbin)
    It is hard not to be cynical about the right-wingers’ racket. They promote confrontation in which there is no hope of victory, assail other Republicans when it fails and, along the way, raise a great deal of money and get a whole lot of media attention. There are two things going on here. First, the short-term incentives for Lee to engage in this stunt are obvious. He’s not ever going to be president of the United States and will forever be in the shadow of people like Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). (Lee...
  • GOP Establishment Signals Primary Fight Against Tea Party Favorite Mike Lee

    10/26/2013 9:26:57 AM PDT · by Viennacon · 81 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/25/2013 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Tuesday, 79-year old Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), now serving his seventh term in the Senate, signaled that he and other members of the Republican establishment are likely to encourage a primary challenge to first term Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). Lee upset former Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT) in the 2010 Utah Republican primary convention in the Tea Party's first major primary win over a Republican establishment politician. Hatch told the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio that "[i]t's time now... for Lee and other tea party Republicans to be 'rehabilitated' for refusing to pass a budget bill needed to keep the government...
  • Is The Establishment GOP Preparing For War With The Tea Party?

    10/23/2013 8:12:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Noodle Pundit ^ | October 23, 2013 | Matt Vespa
    Hot Air’s Allahpundit and Erika Johnsen have both documented a growing movement to boot Tea Party members of Congress over the next two election cycles. It seems that the business community is behind this conspiracy; horrified over the fact that a rather significant proportion of Republicans in Washington were willing to roll the dice on default. In the aftermath of the government shutdown, which was highly enjoyable, the Republican establishment is striking back – and one of their targets in the Senate is Mike Lee. [In Utah,] prominent Republicans and local business executives are openly discussing the possibility of mounting...
  • MSNBC: Must-agree TV

    08/27/2013 1:05:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 26, 2013 | Erik Wemple
    <p>Virtually every other show [aside from "Morning Joe"] belongs to hosts who unstintingly support Obama and the Democrats, with only minor points of disagreement. ([Host Chris] Hayes criticizes Obama for his drone killings and surveillance programs, and often conducts friendly interviews with Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who collaborated with Edward Snowden. Melissa Harris-Perry, who appears on weekends at 10 a.m., nearly always defends Obama, and called Glenn Greenwald a “jerk.”) Conservatives are far less visible on MSNBC than liberals are on Fox News, and the right-leaning guests who do appear are typically critics of the conservative movement: Steve Schmidt, the Republican strategist, who says the party is too tolerant of “nuts” and “kooks”; Josh Barro, an advocate for Republican reform who describes himself as “neoliberal”; Abby Huntsman, the daughter of failed presidential candidate Jon, who has described the G.O.P. as a party of “non-inclusion.” The over-all impression is that your average Republican or conservative is simply too fanatical to be part of polite discourse.</p>
  • Ex-Presidential Wannabe Jon Huntsman Says GOP Is 'Devoid Of A Soul'

    01/01/2013 12:36:12 PM PST · by zeestephen · 30 replies
    msnNOW ^ | 01 January 2013
    [RINO ALERT] Typically, when a politician says that a party is soulless, he's talking about the other guys.
  • Romney at the Bat

    12/29/2012 10:48:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    With humble apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer, who wrote "Casey at the Bat," which was published in The San Francisco Examiner in 1888.The outlook wasn't brilliant for the GOP this year: The economy had tanked; hope and change had morphed to fear. The strong and swift refused to join the presidential race. So the weak and doubtful rose -- and tried to take their place. Our Herman Cain, for instance, flogged his taxing 9-9-9. To 10 parts cuts but 1 part tax, all said that they'd decline. Newt brought his wife, who wore her hair as if it were a...
  • Huntsman: Romney's Reaction to Arab Protests a 'Problem'

    09/14/2012 6:29:40 PM PDT · by robowombat · 49 replies
    National Journal ^ | Sept 13, 2012 | Matt Vasilogambros
    Former U.S. Ambassador to China and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said on Friday that Mitt Romney’s response to the violent protests in the Middle East and North Africa posed a “problem” for the man he endorsed several months ago. Romney’s decision to criticize the Obama administration was ill-advised and was a lost opportunity, Huntsman said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “This was an opportunity to instruct, to elucidate, to educate, to talk about how you put the pieces back together again in North Africa and the Middle East,” he said. “Not to condemn, not to criticize, not to turn it into...
  • Huntsman Plays The Useful Idiot For Andrea Mitchell's Romney-Bashing

    s Jon Huntsman headed the way of Charlie Crist? When the 2016 Dem convention rolls around, will we see the also-ran GOP presidential nomination-seeker on the podium, seconding Hillary's nomination? You've got to wonder after Huntsman's toadying performance today as he made the MSNBC rounds. After appearing on Morning Joe earlier, Huntsman turned up on Andrea Mitchell's show. Mitchell posed a laughably-loaded question, bashing Mitt Romney's response to the Obama administration's handling of the embassy attacks. The haughty Huntsman was only too happy to play the useful idiot, concurring that there was "a lot to the criticism" and ripping Romney...
  • Why Huntsman Reached The End Of The Road

    01/17/2012 9:50:39 AM PST · by truthkeeper · 17 replies
    RealClearPolitics.com ^ | January 16, 2012 | Sean Trende
    Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman has become the second Republican voted off the island in the 2012 Republican primary campaign (we don't count Tim Pawlenty or Herman Cain, both of whom dropped out before voting began). His decision late Sunday to suspend his campaign is a bit jarring, given that he had insisted after a disappointing third place finish in New Hampshire that he was staying in through South Carolina. I suspect that what happened is a combination of two things. First, financial reality set in. If you don’t think a candidate is going to win, you’re hard pressed to...
  • Huntsman out. Gee, that should change things a lot, hm?

    01/16/2012 3:51:04 PM PST · by Mark Landsbaum · 10 replies
    Orange Punch Orange County Register blog ^ | 1-16-2012 | Mark Landsbaum
    Jon Huntsman has dropped out of the race for the GOP nomination for president. That silence you hear is the combined sighs of relief of all the candidates who were threatened by his candidacy. Will we miss Huntsman? Yeah. No one’s much bothered one way or the other. Now the 1 percent or so of the GOP’s loyal Huntsman backers are free to fall in behind one of the other candidates. Yeah, again.
  • Utah’s Honorable Politicians: Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, and Jason Chaffetz

    10/27/2011 11:54:09 AM PDT · by JoeA · 1 replies
    Word Press ^ | 10/26/2011 | Adam Baker
    I met Utah’s Governor Jon Huntsman and his wife Mary Kaye at an event in Las Vegas. My wife Sandie Tillotson had arranged for us to sit in the VIP section with them. Huntsman was a good friend of NuSkin, and helped open the lucrative Chinese market when he was a Trade Representative ... for the Bush Administration. MLM companies had tried to get into China for years, but NuSkin was the first, and Sandie said it was because of Hunstman. Of course it went both ways, and NuSkin was a good friend to Hunstman, and Sandie said she sent...
  • Morning Joe: In Rejecting Huntsman, Republicans 'Turned Their Back' On Reagan

    01/16/2012 4:43:31 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Tuning in Morning Joe today, I half expected to discover on the set some professional mourners imported from North Korea, keening and crying over the political demise of Jon Huntsman. Huntsman had had the Morning Joe crowd from hello. The overwhelming winner of the bien-pensant MSM primary was amazingly popular—except with actual Republican voters, who didn't dig his moderate positioning and a tone that some found . . . well, how do you say "supercilious" in Mandarin? Taking today's cake was Joe Scarborough finding Huntsman's "moderate temperament" Reaganesque, and claiming that in rejecting Huntsman, Republicans have "turned their backs" on...
  • Major SC newspaper endorses Huntsman

    01/15/2012 10:24:35 AM PST · by Qbert · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/15/12 | Daniel Strauss
    Jon Huntsman was endorsed by Columbia, S.C.'s The State newspaper on Sunday. The endorsement comes less than a week before the South Carolina primary and comes as Huntsman quickly tries to gain traction in the Palmetto state. The State's endorsement is actually similar to what happened just before the New Hampshire primary: Mitt Romney's hometown paper, The Boston Globe, backed Huntsman in a long editorial in which it compared Romney with the former Utah governor. Like the Globe endorsement, The State praised both Romney and Huntsman but said Huntsman was the better candidate. "There are actually two sensible, experienced grownups," The...
  • GOP candidates fail to get on some primary ballots

    01/13/2012 2:58:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | January 13, 2012 | Stephen Ohlemacher (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Many of Mitt Romney's presidential challengers are having trouble fulfilling a fundamental requirement of running for public office: getting on the ballot. Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman have all failed to qualify for the ballot in at least one upcoming GOP primary. In other states, they have failed to file full slates of delegates with state or party officials, raising questions about whether these candidates have the resources to wage effective national campaigns.
  • GOP Presidential Candidates on Agenda 21 ‘Sustainable Development’

    01/13/2012 7:37:34 AM PST · by unspun · 10 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | January 12, 2012 | Arlen Williams
    Even those who believe themselves devoted patriots (including devout Christians) may foolishly be enticed by the powers that be, into violating Americans' sacred and essential Popular and national Sovereignties. It has been happening for a long time, now. People who believe in a Sovereign nation called the United States of America are being duped into not only violating the mandates of our Constitution, but even worse, into nullifying our own Declaration of Independence from the control of foreign, kleptocratic power. This is the tragedy for all, of those who foolishly follow the stratagems of those seeking hegemony over us via...
  • Fellow Perry Supporters: It is time to pick a new candidate (Perry supporter drops endorsement)

    01/11/2012 1:23:47 PM PST · by Qbert · 144 replies
    Redstate ^ | January 11, 2012 | Tim Griffin
    Following much thoughtful consternation, I have decided to pull my support and endorsement of Texas Governor Rick Perry for the GOP presidential nomination.  I realize the redstate diary commenters, won’t be kind but this needs to be said.  This decision wasn’t easy but a serious evaluation of the field should inform us that Rick Perry has no realistic path to victory in South Carolina, Florida and beyond. I realize that redstate.com’s Erick Erickson continues to stick by him, that South Carolina is Perry’s state and that he has re-tooled his staff.  But it is too little too late and at...
  • You Stay Classy, Ron Paul Supporters

    01/05/2012 9:14:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    RedState.com ^ | January 5, 2012 | Leon H. Wolf (Diary)
    So Jon Huntsman can speak Mandarin and also he adopted a little Chinese girl who was abandoned in a market. Providing us with yet more evidence that they are mostly liberal Democrats who are mad that Obama has governed too far to the right, Ron Paul supporters decided this was a good reason to produce a video putting Huntsman in a Mao hat and jacket, complete with what is I guess supposed to be a Chinese version of blackface: [video] Clearly Paul’s supporters are smarting a bit from finishing well behind a guy with no money and no campaign organization...
  • Moderate road won’t beat Obama

    01/02/2012 7:19:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies · 1+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | January 2, 2012 | Holly Robichaud
    Tomorrow less than 20 percent of registered Republicans in Iowa are going to tell us who they believe should take on President Obama. Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, who has bypassed the caucuses, said last week that Iowa picks corn, not presidents. Is he correct? Well, if you ask Mike Huckabee, he would say yes. But on the other hand, Obama did win the state. Iowa’s importance will be in whittling down the field of contenders. It is most likely going to claim several conservatives, which means that their voters could flock to another right-wing candidate — not necessarily the frontrunner....
  • The Republican's best bet may not be whom you expect (Says Huntsman is a new McCain)

    01/02/2012 4:23:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Lebanon Daily Star ^ | January 3, 2012 | Professor Chibli Mallat
    I have grown cynical of party politics in mature democracies, including the most exciting democracy of all, the United States. In the middle of a spectrum exclusively defined by Republicans and Democrats, personality and style must be favored over platforms that few candidates are ever able to implement. So many people are bored by politics in the U.S. that half of the voters don’t bother to vote. This is not necessarily a bad thing. If politics does not affect the daily life of citizens, to the extent that most can choose to ignore it, then some wisdom has been found...
  • She the People: our predictions for Iowa

    01/02/2012 1:00:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Post's She the People Blog ^ | January 2, 2012 | Melinda Henneberger
    Welcome to the Post’s new politics and culture blog, “She the People: The World as Women See It.” Though dedicated to the proposition that politics properly understood encompasses just about everything, I thought we’d start with some predictions about Tuesday’s caucuses in Iowa, where a bunch of our writers rang in the new year with Republicans. My own bet is that Rick Santorum will indeed score the surprise of the night, just as he told me he would . Yet even if he wins outright, four years from now in Iowa, I further predict that we in the media will...
  • BREAKING: Perry disqualified from Va. primary ballot

    12/23/2011 3:44:52 PM PST · by TBBT · 386 replies · 33+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 12/23/2011 | Anita Kumar
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the Virginia primary ballot, state GOP officials said Friday evening. Perry’s campaign told state election officials it had submitted 11,911 signatures, but a Virginia Republican familiar with the situation said that the Texas governor did not submit the required 10,000. Earlier Friday, the Republican Party of Virginia certified former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) to appear in the March ballot. Four candidates — Romney, Perry, Paul and former House speaker Newt Gingrich — turned in thousands of signatures by the deadline. State...
  • Can we vote it out here Freepers? Newt/Mitt/Rick/Michele?

    12/19/2011 7:10:04 AM PST · by Milagros · 135 replies
    I vote for Newt! --- * Newt Gingrich? * Mitt Romney? * Rick Perry? * Michele Bachmann? * Rick Santorum? * Jon Huntsman?