Huntsman is an elitist. And that’s why I like him. Republicans need a leader who makes them eat their vegetables. A leader who doesn’t pander to the lowest common denominator, as all the others have been doing. A leader who finally says, “You know what? We’re the party of Lincoln. Let’s fucking grow up here.”
But no. He drops out and he endorses Romney. That’s politics for you.
So true. The pundit class has been quick to put the dagger in him, but the fact of the matter is, he was trying to do something slightly different — play serious in a GOP race full of wacky hijinks — and he didn’t get a lot of respect for it. That’s a bummer. Jennifer Rubin was right last night, but she was right in a way that reflected how wrong everything around Huntsman is, not Huntsman himself.
Jon Huntsman’s campaign was never going to work. He finally realized that and will drop out to give Mitt Romney, for whom he exhibited no small amount of animosity during the debates, his support. In New Hampshire he preposterously told supporters that a weak third place finish, in a state in which he had campaigned almost exclusively, was his “ticket to ride” to South Carolina. But it wasn’t, just as his campaign wasn’t based on any natural constituency or rationale.The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin • Offering up her harshly-worded take on why Jon Huntsman’s leaving the race. “If it was the GOP presidential nomination he sought,” she continued, “it was of a GOP in some parallel universe created by the press in which the darn Tea Party never arose, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was still speaker of the House and Republicans yearned for an isolationist foreign policy even to the left of President Obama’s.” While the conservative Rubin clearly has her opinions, there is a grain of truth here. Huntsman’s a likable guy, but this was not a campaign that worked in his favor.