David Axelrod: Jon Huntsman Dropping Out of GOP Race Because He’s Unwilling to Make Faustian Bargains with Right

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David Axelrod: Jon Huntsman Dropping Out of GOP Race Because He's Unwilling to Make Faustian Bargains with Right (Wikipedia)

David Axelrod says Jon Huntsman dropping out of GOP presidential race because he wouldn’t sell his soul. Axelrod says, “He was simply unwillingly to make the Faustian bargains with the Right that Romney has so willingly made,” Buzzfeed reports.

Jon Huntsman’s withdrawal may be a good thing for the Democrats because he appealed to moderate Republicans who don’t necessarily like Mitt Romney. I don’t know if that’s necessarily true because Mitt Romney isn’t an ultra conservative. He is more moderate, though he is masquerading as a conservative. Neither Jon Huntsman nor Mitt Romney appeal to the Tea Party.

Um, one problem David Axelrod, Jon Huntsman doesn’t want his supporters to rally behind President Barack Obama. He wants them to go with Mitt Romney, who he said, is the “candidate best equipped to defeat Barack Obama” despite his differences with Romney.

Jon Huntsman to Drop Out of GOP Presidential Race Tomorrow, to Endorse Mitt Romney

NEWSFLASH:  Jon Huntsman to drop out of GOP presidential race tomorrow, the NY Times reports. He’s set to endorse Mitt Romney. That’s too bad, but Jon Huntsman just can’t seem to rise in the polls. The AP is now reporting campaign officials have confirmed Jon Huntsman will withdraw. The campaign had no money for television ads, Politico reports. Wow. Jon Huntsman really had no chance of being the nominee.

Matt David, campaign manager to Mr. Huntsman, confirmed the decision in an interview Sunday evening. “The governor and his family, at this point in the race, decided it was time for Republicans to rally around a candidate who could beat Barack Obama and turn around the economy,” Mr. David said. “That candidate is Gov. Mitt Romney.” Source: The Caucus

For what it is worth, I hope we haven’t seen the end of Jon Huntsman. I believe he has a lot to offer. He took a very unpopular position of supporting evolution and climate change, which is a no-no in conservative circles.

SC The State Newspaper Endorses Jon Huntsman for GOP Presidential Nominee: “He Could Bring Us Back Together”

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SC The State Newspaper Endorses Jon Huntsman for GOP Presidential Nominee: "He Could Bring Us Back Together" (Wikipedia)

South Carolina’s The State newspaper is backing Jon Huntsman for the Republican presidential nominee saying, “Jon Huntsman is a true conservative, with a record and platform of bold economic reform straight out of the free-market bible, but he’s a realist, whose goal is likewise to get things done.” I have long maintained that Jon Huntsman is the best candidate among the current slate who can best lead this country out of the economic mess we are in, but he doesn’t seem to able to break out of being seen as a bottom-tier candidate. The media doesn’t give Jon Huntsman the time of day because he’s not as controversial, charismatic or gaffe-prone as some of the other candidates, so people don’t really get to see him in a positive light. Under his leadership, Utah led the nation in job creation. That shouldn’t be lost on the American voter. It should be played over and over in the media, but it isn’t. The Pew Center ranks Utah as the best-managed state in the country.

He also is head and shoulders above the field on foreign policy. He served as President George H.W. Bush’s U.S. ambassador to Singapore and President George W. Bush’s deputy U.S. trade representative and U.S. trade ambassador, and the next entry on that resume is even more impressive: He was a popular and successful governor in an extremely conservative state, well positioned to become a leading 2012 presidential contender, when Mr. Obama asked him to serve in arguably our nation’s most important diplomatic post, U.S. ambassador to China. It could be political suicide, but he didn’t hesitate. As he told our editorial board: “When the president asks you to serve, you serve.”


We need a president who can work within our poisonous political environment to solve our nation’s problems, not simply score partisan points. Someone who understands that negotiation is essential in a representative democracy, and that there are good ideas across the political spectrum. Someone who has a well-defined set of core values but is not so rigid that he ignores new information and new conditions. Someone who has shown himself to be honest and trustworthy. And competent. Someone whose positions are well-reasoned and based on the world as it is rather than as he pretends it to be. Someone with the temperament and judgment and experience to be taken seriously as the commander in chief and leader of the free world.

We think Mr. Romney could demonstrate those characteristics. Mr. Huntsman already does. And we are proud to endorse him for the Republican nomination for president of the United States.

What makes him attractive are the essential values that drive his candidacy: honor and old-fashioned decency and pragmatism. As he made clear Wednesday to a room packed full of USC students on the first stop of his “Country First” tour, his goal is to rebuild trust in government, and that means abandoning the invective and reestablishing the political center. Source: The State

I would urge the conservatives and Independents to give Jon Huntsman a second look and I am sure they will find a candidate who can best go up against President Barack Obama in the general election. Jon Huntsman has a record of accomplishment and shows he can reach across the aisle and work with the Democrats. After all, he was able to put partisanship aside and work for President Obama. That shouldn’t be a black mark against him. It should be viewed favorably. Either voters want substance over drama or they just want to keep the circus going.  Now let’s see how many times CNN, MSNBC and Fox News mention Jon Huntsman was endorsed by The State.

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Boston Globe Slights Former Gov. Mitt Romney Again, Endorses Jon Huntsman

The Boston Globe endorses former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman instead of former Gov. Mitt Romney as the best Republican presidential candidate to run against President Barack Obama. Huntsman announced the endorsement Thursday night at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire. This is particularly important because the newspaper has subscribers in New Hampshire and Huntsman is counting on a strong finish in Tuesday upcoming primary. It should also be noted that the Boston Globe endorsed John McCain over Mitt Romney in 2007. The newspaper said “for vision and national unity,” Jon Huntsman is the candidate!

The Boston Globe says “Romney and Huntsman are the only GOP candidates who stand out as presidential. But it says Huntsman is bold while Romney is cautious and tries to appease enough constituencies to get elected.

I would venture to say Jon Huntsman is a far more conservative candidate than Mitt Romney and doesn’t have a history of flip-flopping. In endorsing Huntsman, the Globe said, “Dissatisfaction with the economy, expressed in spasms of anger toward Wall Street and Washington; the dashed hopes of many who believed that Barack Obama’s election would create a new spirit of unity; and genuine uncertainty about Democratic health care reform – all of these have created an historic opportunity for the Republican Party.” Well, it was a Republican administration that got us in this mess and unless we start holding our elected officials accountable we will always have a hot mess on our hands.

“Nobody Cares,” Jon Huntsman Arrogantly Dismisses John McCain’s Endorsement of Mitt Romney

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"Nobody Cares," Jon Huntsman Arrogantly Dismisses John McCain's Endorsement of Mitt Romney (Wikipedia)

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman raised some eyebrows in his reaction to the news Sen. John McCain is backing Mitt Romney in New Hampshire today:  “Nobody cares,” according to MSNBC’s First Read.

“I have great regard for Sen. McCain. I love the man. But it’s another example of establishment piling on,” Huntsman told reporters at Globe Incorporated, a first-responder fire suit manufacturer today.

“It seems the more establishment piles on, Dole, McCain, all the rest, nobody cares. Nobody cares about this. I mean, none of the endorsements that Romney picked up have been a thing in terms of how people respond, because the people are looking for a new generation of leadership. They’re looking for a new approach to problem solving in this country. You can get all the Doles and McCains in the world as Romney probably will, but in the end, nobody cares.” Source: First Read

Wow, that was a mouthful, don’t you think? Um, here is why people should care about Sen. McCain’s endorsement:

a) He won New Hampshire twice, so clearly people there like him;

b) Jon Huntsman has been a bottom tier candidate all through the campaign (even though I believe he’s the most conservative and most qualified among the other candidates).

Has Jon Huntsman already thrown in the towel on his presidential aspirations or is he just arrogantly dismissive of his political adversaries as a general rule? Either way, John McCain’s endorsement of Mitt Romney is a good one and already seals the deal of him being an establishment candidate, though it’s clear he has major weaknesses. Yes, Jon Huntsman, somebody cares!

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Jon Huntsman: “They Pick Corn in Iowa, They Pick Presidents in New Hampshire”

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “They pick corn in Iowa. They pick presidents in New Hampshire.”

— Jon Huntsman, quoted by the AP, on why he’s not competing in the Iowa caucuses. By the way, it’s an old line.

Personally, I think Jon Huntsman is the only viable candidate among the slate of misfits masquerading as serious contenders for the Republican presidential nomination.

Concord Monitor Endorses Jon Huntsman for GOP Presidential Nomination

Concord Monitor endorses Jon Huntsman as the best choice for GOP presidential nomination, saying his “depth of experience, maturity, sincerity and ability to work toward common goal with political opponents” make him the best choice in 2012.

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Concord Monitor Endorses Jon Huntsman for GOP Presidential Nomination (Wikipedia)

The Concord Monitor endorses Jon Huntsman as the best choice for the Republican presidential nomination, saying his “depth of experience, maturity, sincerity and ability to work toward a common goal with political opponents make him the Republicans’ best choice to face President Obama in 2012.”

Concord Monitor: “Huntsman, a consistent but never doctrinaire conservative, would present the greatest challenge to Obama. If elected, he would provide mature, informed and steady leadership. He has a track record as governor of bringing all sides together to create an economic climate that helped his state prosper. And he has experience garnered while serving four presidents, starting with Ronald Reagan. Combine the foreign policy experience of all the other candidates in the race and Huntsman would top it. He has played the game at its highest level, serving first as ambassador to Singapore, then as a trade representative on behalf of the United States at the United Nations and, at Obama’s request, as the United States’ ambassador to China.”

The newspaper slammed the other candidates in varying degrees:

“With Gingrich, voters would get an unpredictable, unprincipled nominee and, should he be elected, a white-knuckle four years of an imperial presidency. With Romney, they wouldn’t know who they would get: the moderate Mitt who was once pro-choice, in favor of a health-care mandate, a supporter of the auto industry bailout and a believer that human activity was contributing to climate change – or the newly conservative Romney, who opposes abortion, claims the reason for climate change is unknown, opposes a health insurance mandate and claims that bailing out Detroit was a mistake.”

I am inclined to agree with their choice of Jon Huntsman as the best GOP candidate to meet President Obama in 2012. I actually think Jon Huntsman could beat him handily. He has run a mediocre campaign, which is evidenced from the fact that he is still stuck in last place. He is the most conservative candidate on the stage and the one with the least baggage, plus a record of achievement.

Shouldn’t Conservatives Take a Second Look at GOP Presidential Hopeful Jon Huntsman?

Shouldn’t conservatives take a second look at GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, who is by far the most conservative candidate of the slate of presidential candidates and has the most foreign policy experience?

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Shouldn't Conservatives Take a Second Look at Jon Huntsman (Wikipedia)

Shouldn’t conservatives take a second look at GOP presidential hopeful former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman? After all, he is far more conservative than cheating Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. In fact, he is the only candidate that is staunchly pro-life and has REAL foreign policy experience. I have long maintained that he is the Republican candidate with the best chance of beating President Barack Obama in the general election. The truth is, Jon Huntsman shouldn’t  be a lower tier candidate. That should be Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul. Jon Huntsman shouldn’t be pulling in single digit poll figures. He should be in double digits, that’s based on what he brings to the table. Above all, he appeals to centrists and independents.

Conservative pundit George Will is even making the case for Jon Huntsman. During an appearance on the “Laura Ingraham Show,” he said, “I think if you look at Jon Huntsman’s record, what he’s laid out, his proposals for taxes and the economy, his opposition to No Child Left Behind, you could make a case that he deserves a searching second look from conservatives. Huntsman’s position on foreign policy is the most conservative. That is, it is the most modest in assessing the need and ability of the United States to control distant events.”

Jon Huntsman’s record as governor is more conservative than anything Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have ever done. While I don’t share his support of Paul Ryan’s deficit reduction plan, I will give him props for his jobs plan, which was touted by the Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Huntsman’s proposal is as impressive as any to date in the GOP Presidential field, and certainly better than what we’ve seen from the front-runners.” More to his credit, he went out on a limb and called for the end of the collusion and market distortion of the “too big to fail” mantra.

If I was a betting person, with $10,000 to spare like Mitt Romney, I would bet that on Jon Huntsman being a viable GOP presidential nominee. While I don’t care much for his Mormon faith, I do care more about the path on which this country is heading. I can’t blame President Obama for much of what is going on, but I can blame him for being so vacillating and not being more forceful or understanding the awesome power he wields as the leader of the most powerful country in the world. President Obama should have learned by now, that you can’t be everybody’s friend and that the buck truly stops with him. Not John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi or Sen. Harry Reid. So, with that said, I would love to see Jon Huntsman as the GOP presidential nominee. God knows he doesn’t bring the baggage of Newt Gingrich or the flip-flopping history of Mitt Romney.

The article was cross-posted at The Moderate Voice.