20
May
11

‘political whiplash’

Steve Benen: Jon Huntsman is no doubt aware of his predicament. He’s running for president, as a Republican, despite having been a member of the Obama administration. He also has to impress a far-right GOP base, despite taking center-left positions on a range of issues – climate, gays, immigration, economic stimulus, health care, the TARP bank bailout – important to his party.

What’s his solution? In effect, Huntsman has two choices. He can (a) run as a moderate statesman, hope centrist Republicans still exist, and watch the rest of the GOP field to knock each other out competing for the same right-wing votes; or (b) Huntsman can abandon his moderation and scurry to the right just as fast as he can.

As of this morning, Huntsman appears to prefer the latter.

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America,” the former U.S. ambassador to China maintained a level-headed tone, but nevertheless moved sharply to the right on a range of domestic issues.

(See the breakdown of the issues in Benen’s post)

….To his credit, Huntsman was less willing to flip on civil unions and immigration, but on everything else, Huntsman was moving to the right so quickly, I’m surprised it didn’t cause whiplash.

For that matter, his willingness to explicitly endorse the Ryan agenda – including Medicare privatization – would prove to be wildly problematic in the general election, should he get that far.

Full  post here


6 Responses to “‘political whiplash’”


  1. May 20, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Not to ignore the text of this post, but is our President handsome or what. I think Huntsman is an attractive man, but our President is gorgeous.

    • 2 EDP4BHO
      May 20, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Well, I’m ignoring the text of the post to agree with you that OUR PRESIDENT is whooooo-hoooo…..FINE! Forgive me all, I’m feeling kinda of Obama-crazy today. Can’t help myself 😀

  2. 3 PoliticalJunkessa
    May 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

    *peeps into crystal ball* *sees another self-destruction on the horizon*

    Yep. He doesn’t stand a chance. He’s another Mittens, albeit with a little more foreign policy experience.

    What these clowns doesn’t realize is that the old politics are over. PBO changed all that. The days of a microwave candidacy are gone. PBO formed his personal philosophy, and governing philosophy over YEARS of thought and practice. He has been consistent. These jokers are running on nothing but white skin and tax cuts. They’re not serious, and they’re not threats.

    Basta!

  3. 4 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 20, 2011 at 10:34 am

    IT’S WHAT’S INSIDE THAT COUNTS…THE PRESIDENT IS THE FULL PACKAGE. I DON’T WORRY ABOUT HUNTSMAN…WHAT I WOULD DO IS MAKE A GREAT AD WITH HIS SUPPORT OF PALIN…AND ATTACH EXCERPTS OF HER DUMB AND DUMBER STATEMENTS…AKA…KATIE COURIC INTERVIEW,ETC.!!!!! THAT WOULD BE A HOOT AND DO THE JOB BECAUSE IT’S ALL TRUE! MY 2 CENTS!

  4. 5 UT Austin Liberal
    May 20, 2011 at 10:39 am

    This is exactly what I commented on in the “Which page is he on today?” thread. Benen is right. How does Huntsman think he can win in a general election when he has a record of being part of the flip flopper team of Romney & Huntsman: Flip Floppers at Work. Watching him on GMA this morning was P-A-I-N-F-U-L. It’s like dude try again in 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028….. and on and on and on.

  5. 6 Carolyn
    May 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

    He’s been out of the country for two years, not involved in politics, things have changed, I don’t hear anyone begging him to run. He is a media creation, yes microwave candidate is good. I guess he and Romney can battle it out for the praised by Obama Republican primary trophy.


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