“Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye”

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No. Seriously. We really hardly knew you! In case you haven’t heard, the little known Jon Huntsman is dropping out of the Republican primaries. A man who generated so little excitement that members of his of own campaign sometimes misspelled his name, Huntsman leaves the race with a whimper and not a bang.

As Obama’s ambassador to China, he gained foreign policy experience and the hint, that maybe his policies were closer to Obama’s than one might hope for in a Republican candidate for the Presidency.

He speaks Chinese, and seems more than a little proud of the fact, dropping Chinese phrases into speeches or conversations, like some obscure Firefly reference, but lacking its charm.
He comes across as perhaps being educated, but not necessarily wise.

His campaign never really caught fire. His leaving the race will remove a distraction from the business of selecting our eventual nominee.

It is rumored that he will endorse Romney. Look for that endorsement to garner just as much excitement as the rest of his candidacy.

H/T Memeorandum
ross posted at Proof Positive

Curmudgeonly sesquipedalian.

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  • Tim Heise

    I am still a fan of Mr. Huntsman, but I know . . . he had zero chance.

    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

      He may make a great addition to the next administration, just not the top of the ticket.

      • I H8 GOPers

        Are ya thinking a Mormon president with a Mormon VP?

        • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

          This is why you should keep your day job. I’m still hoping for a Not Romney for President. I’m thinking Huntsman might make a good…ambassador to China.

        • Tim Heise

          I am a Mormon and that would be a bad idea.

    • Rick Olson

      The Huntsman family name is pretty big in Utah.  Huntsman ranks right up there with the Larry Miller family.  The late Larry Miller owned the Utah Jazz basketball team, as well as a number of other business interests; and was quite the philanthropist.  I agree with you, Tim, I didn’t think Jon Huntsman had much of a chance, either.  I bet if Mitt Romney does get the nomination, that he could tap Huntsman to be his running mate for vice president.  We’ll have to see what happens.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    When asked if he trusts Governor Romney, Huntsman replied, “He has not put forth reason to give us a reason for us to trust him.”
    Earlier this month, he told another ABC reporter that Romney is “completely out of touch.”

    And as recently as Saturday, Huntsman was questioning Romney’s electability.

    Reporters asked Huntsman if any of the
    Republican establishment  had reached out to him and asked him to tone
    down his criticism of Romney and his work with Bain Capital. Huntsman
    explained: “Nope. And listen. I have said what I have said. My problem
    is really a political issue. And that is, when you have a candidate that
    talks about enjoyment in firing people, talks about pink-slips, who
    makes a comment that seem to be so detached from the problems that
    Americans are facing today, that makes you pretty much unelectable.
    And I
    say, we want a nominee who can actually go on to win. That’s the issue …
    the bigger issue is one of electability.”


  • WOOF

    Huntsman took Snow White ( Romney), into the forest, but after raising his knife to stab her, he finds himself unable to kill her and falls in love.
    That leaves these Dwarves :
    Dopey, (Perry)
    Grumpy, ( Newt)
    Doc, ( Paul )
    Sleepy, (Santorum)

  • ellinas1

    Huntsman IMO was the best qualified candidate.
    Huntsman and Dr. Paul. The rest are riff raff.

  • mikemc1970

    It was just too hard for him to break in. There wasn’t enough room, in the race, for two moderates, and Romney started running his campaign long before Huntsman was even considering it.

    • I H8 GOPers

      They are almost all moderates. Just cuz their talking tough now, yer gonna forgive their past sins? Dopes. The only real conservative in the race is Tom Miller.

      • I H8 GOPers

        Hey Poof, I meant “they’re.”

        • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

          We get it Hater. In the future, don’t bother to correct your comments. No one reads them anyway.

          • I H8 GOPers

            Proof = No one.

            Liberals = liberty!

      • mikemc1970

        No, they’re not all moderates and there is only one they should be seeking forgiveness from. Mine matters little. I will be voting for ABO, like most thinking and rational Americans.

        Anyone But Obama

  • I H8 GOPers

    Huntsman is the only Republican that could have taken voters from Obama. 4 more years!

    • mikemc1970

      I see you’re back on the cough syrup again.

  • Camsaure

    The only good I could see with Huntsman in the race was that he may have siphoned some primary votes from Romney.

  • DopeyDem

    Darn it. There goes the Chinese American vote.