Jon Huntsman, Jr is the most qualified presidential candidate since Eisenhower
and he was the candidate most feared by Obama re-election team.His
campaign staff was one of the worst to ever be assembled with the only exception
being that of Romney's. In fact, his daughters were better than any of his
hired guns.Huntsman, a man who ran and internationalized a USD 4bn
company, Ambassador to China and fluent Mandarin speaker can more than likely
win the GOP primary and the presidency.Huntsman is the only one of
the GOP crowd who really stands for the proud traditions set forth by Lincoln,
Theodore Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan.I support Huntsman and I
am a East Coast urban resident and non-Mormon.
The 2012 Republican clown car was such a joy for Democrats. The funniest part
was that everyone climbed up on the roof of the car for a little, except
Huntsman, the one guy who had a chance of winning the general election. Since
then, Republicans may have learned a little, but the complete overhaul they
would need to field a winning candidate in 2016 is just not going to happen.
Republicans just need to start practicing rude things to say about President
Third try screen name:"Conservatives are looking for candor. JJ's
got none of that.It was no surprise that he ended up in No Labels.And we all know what the Bible says about things that are neither hot nor
cold."Candor? Like Romney's Beliefs before and after the
primaries, You know the "I was for it, before I was against it
candor?""And we all know what the Bible says about things
that are neither hot nor cold."I don't, but I would suspect that
you don't get burned and you don't get frozen out, but I'm sure
it's a reference to the black and white world of conservative politics of
"your for or against", "your my best friend or my worst
enemy"I'm right your wrong, bumper sticker mentality.
And after all that work the DN did in trashing Huntsman, now they complain he
doesn't have a future?
postaledithFreeland, WACan you name a candidate who hasn't
bought their election? Obama has been the champion fund raiser. If Romney had
become president there would be a rational economic growth policy that would
have provided jobs for minorities rather than safety nets (subsidized welfare
class of perpetual Democrat voters). Our current prosperity is based on the Fed
printing $85 billion each month and ballooning our sovereign debt towards $20
trillion. That defines shambles.
They call him a wuss! does that give any hint about the authors of that book?
That is a word we used back in middle school!I haven't read the book, but I
am sure I wouldn't take what it has to say seriously.If you consider the
Republican party right now, you can see What is going on! The fanatic zealots
Attack and call him a wuss because he isn't on the rampage like they are.
Because he doesn't feel a need to bash his opponents like they do! They
have been doing this with other republican candidates. How can you take people
seriously when they are using the word " Wuss"? They wonder why they
are doing so poorly! They don't want a good candidate, they want some
zealot that can not even rationalize! They have had this attitude towards Obama
since he first entered office and they will do it to people within their own
party to get them to conform! What kind of person do they want? This is why
republicans will lose. They don't want a good candidate, they want a crazy
I'm not particularly a fan of Huntsman, but the book is gossipy, wrong in
many ways, and really won't stand the test of time. I think it will pass.
@ Red Corvette,Hillary is competent? Tell that to Mr. Stevens.
I happen to agree. He is a Whiny Wuss.Whining is a $75,000
surcharge, and fines double for sniveling.
John Huntsman, is not cut for a leader. He has grown up in a wealthy home and
was not disciplined. His dad should be ashamed of his words against Mitt
Romney. I had a great respect for old Huntsman. I no longer have the same
view. He knows pride went to his head and was carried away to say such a lie
about Romney. Actions speak more than words. I am thankful that Mr. Huntsman
has done so much for the cure of cancer, he should have stick with that and not
help his son.
Other than a few liberal "Republicans" and the Deseret News, no one
gives Jr any chance of competing for national office (especially POTUS). His
views are not consistent with the Republican Party. And no, the Republican Party
doesn't NEED to change its views to match Jr's. Nor is it necessary
for only the Republicans to reach across the aisle. Ridiculous.Oh,
and Jr is a dirty politician. Thanks for the book.Just change
parties, Jr. You'll be happier and so will we.
@ kfbob:A good leader isn't in the trenches mired in details.
He leads. Utah was voted Best Managed State while he was Governor, earning him a
77% landslide re-election. He also has more foreign policy experience than Cruz,
Paul, Romney and a few others combined.
Once again, the GOP is flooded with alpha types, fighting amongst themselves in
self-cannibalism mode. Just look back at the last GOP primaries. It's
turning into further divides. The Dems were much more united and courteous to
each other. In spite of Obama's failures, it looks like Hillary in 2016.
"...a lazy, whiny wuss" mmmm I think that is about what I would say
about Johny Boy. On second thought I think I would add spoiled rich
kid...".No.That would be Which Romney.
Ha! Every negative description of Huntsman was the superlative of the current
golf-preferring Action-Hero (not) incumbent. I liked JJ's aloof statesman
snobbery, but he was everything the gossip tome said he was.And
yet... with a Prez Huntsman we would at least get a trifle of fiscal sanity and
cessation of the Apology Tour.Yeah, I'd vote the lesser of two
evils. Hill RC will give me morning sickness for any post she takes. It's
all unqualified high school drama anyway. Give me a middle-isler over the
present mess any day.
Governor Jon Huntsman was the only candidate in the last Presidential Election
who was of presidential timber. He was the only candidate who was sincere and
forthright, and who had good policy proposals. I admired his refusal to adopt
the cynical Realpolitik approach to campaigning which characterized his
opponents, and which his advisors probably demanded of him. The simple fact is
that an honest man cannot become President of the United States. How sad.
Conservatives are looking for candor. JJ's got none of that.He was a
footnote in the Primary because he would agree with every wishy-washy position
out there.It was no surprise that he ended up in No Labels.And we
all know what the Bible says about things that are neither hot nor cold.
Huntsman was a popular Governor in Utah because the economy was doing well and
the legislature continually takes the heat for fiscal discipline. Huntsman
showed up and smiled. For those of you who think Huntsman would make a great
president, please enlighten us on what difficult issue he took on and succeeded
while Governor of Utah?
I don't know what the fuss is all about. Anyone that worked fairly high up
in State Gov't has known that Huntsman is a guy that is all about
appearances. He was never into any details of running the State and didn't
care to know them anyway. He is a frontman that did well in finishing school.
He dresses well and speaks well. He's what many call ornamental.
Tators,He might succeed as the VP, but unless he changes his
personality, he'll never make President. It's unfortunate, but since
the advent of television, the Presidency has largely gone to the person with the
most star power.
People seem to forget that Jon Huntsman was a very popular and successful
governor in the most conservative state in the nation. Afterwards, he
successfully served under the most liberal President ever. UAs such,
he would make a great President by being able to help minimalize gridlock in
Washington. That is currently our nation's biggest political problem.
Jon Jr. -Just another "dandy" progressive RINO born with a silver spoon
in his mouth. Best thing he did was leave Utah. If ever he got the nomination
- turns out he would mirror McCain and Mitt. I've got it....Hillary will
choose him as Vice President! Problem solved Jon-Jon!
It's hard to say that it would damage his chances of becoming President a
great deal when his chances aren't that great to begin with. I don't
know about his work ethic, but he doesn't portray the passion to compete on
the national level.
The only ones I ever hear saying how good Huntsman would be as President are
democrats.THEY should nominate him. But I'm not
sure what they should tell Hillary!
Two words, silver spoon.
what political future???
True wusses make great democrats.....maybe Johnny boy should join his daughter
on the dark side! As he will never be a GOP Candidate ever!
Huntsman is not really a Republican. I was hoping that he would be
Romney's Secretary of State, but that didn't happen. Now he is in
political limbo-land with John Edwards, Newt, Perry, and others. Like a zoo,
we can see them, but they are safely behind bars where they can't hurt us.
I'd like to see Huntsman run as a third party appealing to liberal
Democrats. He could use all of the loony ideas of Obama and Ralph Nader.
He'd be perfect for an effort like this and hopefully he could attract many
millions of voters who find Hillary just too conservative.
Good looks and daddy's money do not make someone competent. Granted,
Huntsman speaks well but can he make the tough decisions that need to be made to
keep our country from going over the edge - I doubt it. Electing Huntsman would
be a repeat of the last 5 years - all form - no substance.
I guess I will have to read the book. I was expecting more substance in the
article that supported the "lazy-wuss" label. What I did read makes me
like Huntsman even more: not interested in cozying up with the conservative
press, skipping the absurd Iowa theatre, not buying an election, etc. I would
vote for him.
@ jr85:Agree, Huntsman was the "overqualified" candidate in
the field, though President of the US is one job that nobody should be
overqualified for. To answer your question, Huntsman isn't
President because the GOP cares little about governing ability or
qualifications. It's ideology. The further right, the better your chances.
Wait- since when did Huntsman accomplish anything without help from daddy?
He's more qualified than Obama, but that's not saying much at all.
Huntsman Jr. is a goody two shoes type of guy. He rides on his father's
laurels and money. I have to ask "What have you seen or heard of his being
successful at or fighting for or against? Exactly. He was totally disliked by
both parties in his term as Governor of Utah. I tried to ask him about his
association and membership in the Council of Foreign Relations". He refused
to talk to me about this minor detail !?. Would never discuss anything with me.
He is for wide open borders with Mexico and pampers them.(His family has
chemical plants there of course). There has to be more reasons than this for
neither party to be interested in him. We love to wish those from Utah well in
politics, but they have to earn that privilage, not demand it.
One has to have a political future in order for it to be damaged.The
entire premise of this article is flawed.Never trust a liberal over
the age of three, especially a Republican.
@jr85agreed that he'll need LOTS of luck in 2016...that, and
his daddy's checkbook - again
Huntsman then was a lot like Christie now. He had one foot in each political
camp. He did Romney no favors and in fact snide comments made about Mr. Romney
were "blown way out of proportion" by the media and did irreparable harm
to the image of Romney. This appears to have been the Shakespearian role of Mr.
Huntsman to "get inside the tent" and to create turmoil and divide those
Huntsman hurts his own political future - no need for anyone else's helpbut it is always nice to have someone to blame
"a lazy, whiny wuss" mmmm I think that is about what I would say about
Johny Boy. On second thought I think I would add spoiled rich kid.
re: Truthseeker - is it Mark's books read like high school gossip columns?
that would be the pot calling the kettle black. Interesting for her to say that.
I voted for Huntsman twice but I've never liked him. I think he is a total
phony. I'm not impressed with his daughter either. I don't think he
could be elected to anything in Utah again. I really respect his father, but
not Jon, Jr.
This charge hardly rises to the level of a scandal. This isn't John Edwards
sneaking around with a mistress while his wife is sick. It will take something
more than this. And the book was written to make the authors a lot of money,
which it is. Huntsman was the only sane and qualified GOP candidate in 2012 and
he may be again in 2016.
Why would I care about what a book says? Mr. Huntsman has shown
more than enough during his last run for office to demonstrate he has ZERO
chances to secure a nomination.
One word: RUBBISH. Jon Huntsman, Jr. is the best, most CENTRIST candidate
What a revealing and refreshing article it clarifies what happened to Herman
Cain. Huntsman is just too liberal for Utah and his daughter Abby an MSNBC
host? Huntsman should stay in the private sector.
Huntsman gets marginalized because he no longer fits in the Little Tent
Republicans are building. Like Reagan, Huntsman represents Big Tent party
politics - where Moderates are welcome to join in and participate. He's
shown he cares about doing what's right - not what the party says is
Mark Halperin and Abby Huntsman share spot 479 on my list of most insightful
opinion-shapers of 2013.
Given that Jon Hunstman already is what Mike Lee apparently now aspires to be, I
think he's still got a good chance at elected office.Mr.
Halperin's reputation isn't exactly stellar. I would take what he
writes with a grain of salt.
I got weird vibes from the guy. First he wasn't LDS then he was, he served
under a democratic President but he was a republican but he really wasn't.
This book confirms my hunch from afar that he isn't a straight up guy.
Reminds me of John Edwards in many ways where he is trying too hard.
Lets see. He leaks something about Herman Cain. He falsely tells the
'enemy', Harry Reid, about Romney not paying any taxes for 10 years.
He's lazy and whiny. He doesn't know if he is a member of his
religion or not? Doesn't that describe a kid who was born with a silver
spoon in their mouth and thinks he's so cool he can say and do anything
they want?For him (and his father) to help spread the rumor about
Romney to Reid, that is deplorable. Like a spoiled kid, if he can't have
something, no one can.I could have voted for him before, but not
now! My respect for the Huntsman's has dwindled. Talk about sore losers.
As a progressive-liberal-socialist I know for a fact that one has to get the
moderate centrists (liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats) to win a
Presidentiad and only three (3) Republicans can fit that bill:John
Ellis "Jeb" Bush (1953 - )Jon Meade Huntsman Junior(1960 - )Christopher James "Chris" Christie (1962 - )These are the
only three (3) that can do it PROVIDED that they run as moderate centrists
(liberal Republicans with a liberal Republican platform). The Grand Old Party
(G.O.P.) must not saddle their moderate-centrists with a right wing platform
like they did to John Sidney McCain III (1936 - ) in 2008 and Willard Mitt
Romney (1947 - ) in 2012. As the Republican party (1856 - ) will not do this
thus Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (1947 - ) will be elected the forty fifth
(45th) POTUS on Tuesday November 8, 2016.Hillary 2016Hillary 2020
I happen to disagree. Romney tried to buy the election and ignored the 47%,
mainly minorities. If he had become president, the country would be in
shambles. I don't know that much about Huntsman, but I like his daughter
and I think she has a good head on her shoulders. She must have gotten some of
her great qualities from her father.
Don't think he would want to have a conversation about that.
Huntsman needs to finally tell the truth and become a Dem. That's what he
Huntsman will never be elected president. He is too liberal for the right and
too conservative for the left. Which means he would likely make a pretty good
president. Neither power base is interested in someone that will work with both
sides to get things done. Both sides are interested only in keeping the power
they have and in gaining more. Governing is no where on either sides agenda.
When the opposing team says you are the only one they take seriously on your
team, your team needs to take notice. Jon Huntsman is probably the most
overqualified person to be President of the United States because1)
Hes had a successful private sector career2) He governed the NUMBER 1 job
creating state (not 47th) 3) He has extensive foreign policy experience
4) He knows our most important trading partner like the back of is hand
(also their language)5) Fiscally conservative 6) Reformed Healthcare
(without a mandate). Can someone please explain to me why this guy
isn't President? Good luck Jon in 2016
Huntsman was a great candidate, skipping Iowa was genius, where Huckabee won in
2008. We need more rich people in politics like Bloomberg who are not in it
for the money and who fear few people and who want to spend all their money on
good causes and want to " bounce the check to the undertaker."
Huntsman a liberal - no surprise here.
Interesting to find this type of article in the Deseret News. Apparently Romney
is the only one worthy of weekly, almost daily, complementary articles before,
during and long after the election. Huntsman has no chance of
winning a Republican primary. None. That said, I think Abby
Huntsman had it right. Mark Halperin's books (plural) read more like high
school gossip columns than serious journalism.