Let’s make it clear, Jon Huntsman is not running for the Republican nomination for president. He is running for a permanent place as the “goto former GOP presidential candidate” on every MSM show during the general election and beyond.
You will never go broke or lack face time on national television as a member of the GOP willing to hit republicans in general and the right in particular. Glenn Reynolds put it best:
Or Stacy McCain’s comments on him:
Huntsman was always every liberal’s favorite GOP candidate — the folks on MSNBC loved him — and that was demonstrated conclusively last week:
According to exit polls, Huntsman only won a handful of demographics in New Hampshire: Democrats, those who oppose the Tea Party, and voters who are generally satisfied with the Obama administration.
According to very credible sources, Huntsman has accepted a speaking slot at the Democrat convention in Charlotte next month.
and apparently he isn’t going alone
If the information is accurate, it does provide a telling context for Jon Huntsman Sr.’s out-of-the-blue attack today on Mitt Romney’s taxes and rumors that he is the “source” for Harry Reid’s wild allegation over those taxes. And let’s not forget that one of Huntsman’s daughters recently announced that she would switch to the Democrat party.
I presume if true he will be un-endorsing Romney and Endorsing Obama.
It’s an amazing sequence:
1. Create a faux republican as a candidate to try to pull Romney left
2. Create a faux image of said candidate as credible push him as a real contender in a state where democrats can vote in the GOP primary
3. Create a faux scandal concerning Mitt Romney’s taxes, taxes that the IRS has seen, taxes that nobody is calming.
4. Have said faux candidate condemn Romney over said scandal
5. Use said scandal to get speaking spot at the convention that no democrat in a tough race wants to appear at.
And if the con isn’t enough to pull down Romney then he can still be the goto “Republican” to critique the new president for the next four years.
All that’s let is for him to reveal dark secrets of Mormonism and the transformation will be complete.
Last thought, if John Huntsman is the best card the Obama campaign has, they’re worse off then I thought.
Update: Two Huntsman daughters are denying the speaking business, it would be nicer if it was the man himself, but I’ll take the ladies at their word. Are they also denying the report that he’s calling for Mitt to release more tax returns too, saying Romney:
“won’t be fair with the American people,”
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