Yep, John Huntsman, of the Charlie Crist/Dede Scozzafava Wing of the Republican Party is auditioning to be “That” Republican. “That” Republican being the Republican that the media will fawn over because “that” Republican will throw Conservatives under the bus, painting the Right as “nutty” or ” out of touch”. In short “That” Republican, be it Davis Frum, David Brooks, Charlie Crist, Meghan McCain, or John Huntsman is willing to be a useful idiot for the media.Stacy McCain, like me, is, shall we say NOT a fan of Huntsman
“Jon Huntsman quit the 2012 presidential campaign just as he ran it all along: Sowing confusion with contradictory messages. …
“Students of American political history who examine the peculiar course of Huntsman’s campaign will undoubtedly scratch their heads and ask themselves, ‘What the f–k was that all about?‘”
– Robert Stacy McCain, “A Fitting Finale to the Huntsman Flop,” Monday, Jan. 16, 2012
And now, Huntsman has gone the way of Crist, sinking a knife into the back of the GOP
Keep that in mind as you read this report from Buzzfeed’s Zeke Miller:
Former Republican candidate Jon Huntsman took a battle axe to his own party, comparing it to China’s Communist Party and criticizing it’s standard bearer in a wide-ranging interview at the 92nd Street Y Sunday night.
Recounting his first experience on the presidential debate stage in Iowa last August, Huntsman says he was struck by the question “Is this the best we could do?”
Huntsman, the former Utah governor and once President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to China, expressed disappointment that the Republican Party disinvited him from a Florida fundraiser in March after he publicly called for a third party. . . .
“So I had to say I believe in science — and people on stage look at you quizzically as though you’re was an oddball,” Huntsman said, explaining why he was “toast” in Iowa. . . .
On foreign policy, Huntsman questioned his former Republican opponents’ hard-line positions on China. “I don’t know what world these people are living in,”he said, not naming Mitt Romney by name.
Dude. I was there at the press conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C., when Huntsman quit and endorsed Romney. What was the New York Timesheadline on the story about that press conference?
That was Monday, Jan. 16, just six days after he called his third-place finish in New Hampshire a “ticket to ride” and barely five months after the Aug. 11 Fox News debate in Ames, Iowa, where I first dubbed him “Governor Asterisk.” From the outset, his candidacy lacked any plausible rationale. One might call Jon Huntsman a “useful idiot,” but this would immediately prompt the question, “What actual use did he serve?” He never had any “path to the nomination,” and his faux campaign existed only to garner glowing coverage from the liberal media, to hog up time in televised debates, and to enrich the ruthless campaign consultants who somehow managed to convince him he had a chance.
So here we are in April, three months after he endorsed Romney and pleaded for “party unity,” and Chumpsman is publicly trashing the GOP? Once more we must ask: “What the f–k was that all about?”
It is all about getting a show on CNN or MSNBS maybe, or maybe just a personal vendetta. Or maybe Huntsman is mad at the GOP voters for being too “stupid” to vote for him. No wonder, since all he did was kick Conservatives in the teeth with his pompous act in the campaign. Frankly, Huntsman sounded more like a Liberal every debate. And now, he is going to try to teach us rubes us all a lesson. But, he is too irrelevant to matter.