Another sore loser

After remaining relatively quiet for a while, Wagonwheel’s favorite Republican candidate, former Governor Jon Huntsman (R-UT), just couldn’t keep his mouth shut.


Jon Huntsman explains China comment


By DARIUS DIXON | 4/23/12 8:04 AM EDT

Jon Huntsman on Monday attempted to explain comments comparing the Republican party to the Chinese communist party.

Huntsman, the former Utah governor, said on MSNBC on Monday that the night before he was “waxing philosophical” when he brought up Republicans and China. But then, he said, “you get these blogs out there, you know, Bottom-feeder, Buzzsaw, Buzzfeed, whatever they are, and they take a sentence out of context and it becomes a headline and pretty soon mainstream newspapers pick up on that.”

In an appearance at the 92nd Street Y in New York City Sunday, Huntsman, President Barack Obama’s former ambassador to China, told interview Jeff Greenfield that he was disappointed that he had been disinvited from a Republican fundraiser in March after he publicly called for third party.

“As we were talking about that last night,” Huntsman said on “Morning Joe” Monday, “I said, you know, if you’re not on-script and you get knocked out of an event like that – the parties are supposed to be big-tent, you’re supposed to bring in all ideas – and I said, I thought for a moment about what they do in China if you go off-script. The party, they knock you out. We shouldn’t be doing that here, we should be accommodating all voices.”

More at the link. Here’s the story on his original comments. Naturally, he had to quickly say that of course he’d vote for the almost certain nominee, former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA). And then he combitched about why he didn’t win the nominationj:


Huntsman says praise from Moore, Carter, Clinton sank his GOP presidential ambitions


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Why did Jon Huntsman’s White House bid fail to gain traction?

To hear the former Utah governor and ambassador to China tell it, his campaign was given a “death hug” by prominent figures from across the aisle.

In an interview Monday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Huntsman named a trio of Democrats — filmmaker Michael Moore and former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton — whose praise he argued contributed to his campaign’s demise.

Via The Hill’s Christian Heinze:

A guy named Michael Moore who went on television and said ‘That Huntsman guy. He’s a Republican I think I could support’ to be followed up by Jimmy Carter who said ‘This Huntsman guy: I think he’s somebody I could support’ to be followed up by Bill Clinton, who went on television and said ‘He seems pretty un-hidebound. He’s a Republican I think I could’ — we were so toast in Iowa by then.

Ahead of the New Hampshire primary — on which Huntsman had hinged his presidential bid — the former Utah governor also pointed to Romney’s years as Massachusetts governor as a source of his strength in the Granite State, noting that Romney was a “homeboy” in the state.

It’s pretty simple: former Governor Huntsman didn’t win the Republican because he failed to persuade very many Republican voters to vote for him. That, in an election, is the bottom line. But, yes, being praised by the likes of Michael Moore, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton isn’t the kind of thing which would gain you a lot of Republican votes.

10 Comments

  1. Why did Jon Huntsman’s White House bid fail to gain traction?

    I’ll take boring monotones that put you to sleep like a wagon wheel for $600 Alex.

  2. Yeah, Perry called him a “prominent Republican” in the open thread. It’s strange that Governor Asterisk (for getting less than one percent of the vote) would be considered prominent in a Socialist’s mind. But there you have it.

  3. “The wisest thing that the government could do is to do nothing, stop interfering, and let the market adjust by itself. “

    More fundamentally, it is because the current Republican Party has moved so far to the extreme Right, that a more moderate voice like that of Jon Huntsman has been essentially drowned out, as are the voices of unheralded millions of moderate Americans, all enabled by extremist billionaire oligarchs cheered on by unthinking lemmings like we have on this blog.

  4. WW is angrier today than usual:

    “The wisest thing that the government could do is to do nothing, stop interfering, and let the market adjust by itself. “

    More fundamentally, it is because the current Republican Party has moved so far to the extreme Right, that a more moderate voice like that of Jon Huntsman has been essentially drowned out, as are the voices of unheralded millions of moderate Americans, all enabled by extremist billionaire oligarchs cheered on by unthinking lemmings like we have on this blog.

    WW, the “more moderate voice like that of Jon Huntsman” wasn’t drowned out; it was voted out. Mr Huntsman chose to concentrate his campaign on New Hampshire, skipping Iowa, because he thought he had his best chance of having the voters appreciate his appeal in New Hampshire, and even there he finished well behind Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

    That’s the thing about elections, WW: the voters are perfectly free to take any decisions they wish, for whatever reasons they have. Mr Huntsman seems to still believe that he’d have made the best President of any of the candidates, but in that regard, he is no different than Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Tim Pawlenty, and Newt Gingrich. Come November 7th, either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama is going to have his feelings similarly hurt.

    [Edited to repair formatting error regarding italicization. No other changes made. -- JH]

  5. I would like to point out that Perry, aka Wagonwheel, has previously been in the tank for Mitt Romney, and has previously been in the tank for Wilfred Huntsman. Furthermore, I would like to point out that, despite Perry’s in-the-tank status for the squishiest of Republicans, Perry will not ever vote for a Republican. He is busily trying to help the Republicans nominate the squishiest Republican possible, all the while he knows he will not be voting for those squishes. Perry will, absolutely, vote for the Socialist Democrat who currently holds the Office of the Presidency, regardless (or irregardless, for those illiterate Leftists who read this site) of the fact he’s busily trying to push the most Leftist and most Statist Republican possible upon us.

    Perry is trying to foist a Leftist, Statist Republican upon us, when he knows he won’t be voting for that Leftist, Statist Republican, but rather for the Socialist Democrat. And now that one Leftist, Statist Republican that he was pushing has indeed all but sewn up the nomination, Perry is busily blasting the Republicans for not nominating Socialist Statist Governor Asterisk.

    Perry proudly and arrogantly pushed Mitt Romney (Flip Flopney) when he thought the Republican power-brokers couldn’t get him across the finish line. Now that it’s obvious Flip Flopney, whom Perry the Socialist endorsed for the Republicans, will be the Republican nominee, Perry the Socialist who likes to claim he’s a Progressive (like there’s any difference there at all), is in the tank for Governor Asterisk, who couldn’t even reach ONE PERCENT of the Republican vote nationwide. And has declared the asterisk candidate to be “prominent” by his own words.

    This is for Perry and all the other lemmings who support the Socialist agenda from their ignorant arrogance:

  6. Perry must be a closet commie,
    Always whining for his mommy,
    Always caught in a lie,
    He goes home for a cry,
    Tonight southern Delaware’s not balmy!

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