Sunday, April 22, 2012

Jon Huntsman Slams Republican Party...

Jon Huntsman Slams Republican Party...

"I don’t know what world these people are living in..."

Many of us moderates found a lot to like in Jon Huntsman. Smart, personable and unwilling in most instances to run away from his education-we saw a Conservative who didn't shun science-he embraced it.  Someone who used less rhetoric than most of his peers. Someone who possessed more actual intellectual substance than most of his rivals on those debate stages. It didn't seem to me that he tried all that hard to really fit in with the Michelle Bachmann's, Herman Cain's and Rick Santorum's of the conservative world. Naturally, the most likely to be an ally of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (for reasons/policies not to mention a shared faith), the connection really materialized. Maybe it never could've with the idea of not one but two Mormons on a national ticket being unsettling to too many voters. The ticket usually winds up with complimentary pieces, not similar ones. 

Well, this evening in an interview at the 92nd Street Y Cultural and Community Center in New York City, Mr. Huntsman took no prisoners. He was highly critical of the GOP, his own performance in the debates and even played the Reagan card. 

After Huntsman was un-invited from a Florida fundraiser in March for publicly saying we should have a third party, he commented, "This is what they do in China on party matters if you talk off script." With additional comments on feeling like an "oddball" after he said he believed in science regarding global warming. He also suggested that former President Ronald Reagan would "likely not" win a national GOP nomination at this time/ 

Read the entire article below. I found it a compelling look at what could have been. Yes, there was never any serious ground-game and his finances were pitifully small compared to the war chest of Romney, but still. If America is looking for a more conservative alternative to President Obama, there would have been a lot to like in Jon Hunstman. And, as I've suggested before, if the Republican Party loses to President Obama in the Fall, it will need to look in the mirror and ask itself why it pushed itself so far to the right, especially on social issues in the run up to election day. 

Read the article here...


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