I find this to be the strangest GOP primary season I've ever watched. We've watched every one of the remaning candidates on the GOP side be annointed by both the "Liberal" and "Conservative" media as the front-runner, and sure to be nominee - except for 3. Those being Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman.
Now, I can understand Ron Paul not being named the presumptive nominee - he's been at this before, and hasn't gotten traction, and I'm quite sure that the country's for his brand of Libertarianism. For example, given his (and his son's) views on the legality of segregation in the past, I can rest assured that he has a snowball's chance of winning either the primary or general election. (Honestly, his position is straight-line Libertarian, and not racist on that front. I just strongly disagree with him about it). It sucks in some ways, because one day Ron Paul says something that I, as a Liberal, completely agree with - and then says something asinine the next... But at least he's consistent. Seriously Consistent.
Rick Santorum...just Google his last name, or watch him in the debates. I won't belabor the point.
Anyhow, back to my main point about Jon Huntsman.
It just seems that the GOP have developed a serious scotoma about him as a candidate - which suits me just fine as a supporter of the President. However, it's really doing their party a disservice. You see, I would like to have a tough choice in the voting booth come next November. I want to be forced to actually CHOOSE a President and not just pick one because the other is laughably incompetent, corrupt, incohearant, dithering, or another obvious objection. I want to have the best and brightest and NOT the most ideologically driven candidates running.
For the GOP this year, I think that would be Jon Huntsman.
For the Democrats this year, that makes him the single biggest General Election threat to the President.
Thankfully the GOP are willfullly ignoring him...because he's (in the words of the Washington Examiner) a "prototypical RINO" - which is evidently the current euphemism for a Moderate Republican who is both intelligent and pragmatic.
He's highly qualified in foreign affairs - being a former Ambassador. He's been a Governor, which doesn't hurt. He's a Mormon (which evidently does hurt), he's got common sense ideas about the economy, regulation, and he's not a Tea Partier. He's even predicted by the "Main Stream Media" as the most electable (Chicago Tribune, NYT, et al)....
So why don't the GOP like him? Evidently because it's better to be pissed off and radical than to want to fix our country.
Well, more power to 'em. I'll just sit back, relax, eat my popcorn and watch Obama get easily reelected.
Then I'll wait four years until Mr. Huntsman runs again in 2016. Maybe by then, we'll be ready for a sensible follow-on to the current President's remarkable leadership (and it has been remarkable, given the circumstances and childishness of the current Congress).
As a Democrat - I'll be happy to seriously consider him - either in this election or in the next. Honestly, I'd be happy to have the option.