Jon Huntsman resurfaces with a vanilla boring interview in the Deseret News (here) The “news” is that he will campaign for fellow Mormon Mitt Romney, since he’s the “best of the options we have” running for president. But outside of the LDS media organ, Huntsman’s been more candid about his feelings since his flop of a presidential run ended.
In a Yahoo News piece by Jeff Greenfield (read) the former ABC news reporter is convinced that Jon Huntsman is not long for the Republican Party. Part of his exasperation with the party is its candidates. Huntsman may have endorsed Romney, but the GOP presumptive nominee can’t take much comfort in this observation from Huntsman. Greenfield writes, “When he (Hunstman) recalled his first appearance on a debate stage with his rivals, he said he remembers thinking two thoughts. First: “The barriers to entry are very low.” Second: “In a nation of 315 million people … is this the best we can do?”
Mitt Romney was certainly on the stage when Huntsman’s nose crinkled in patrician disgust at the site of his GOP debate colleagues. If we see these two Mormons on the campaign stage together soon, look for the frozen smiles of two men who would rather be anywhere else than sharing a stage.
Here is the end of Greenfield’s article: “Why do I get the feeling,” I asked him (Huntsman), “that if we have this conversation a couple of years from now, you will not be sitting here as a Republican?”
“Because,” “he replied with a smile, “you’re a good journalist.”
I’m not so sure, though, that Huntsman will leave the GOP. He seems more of a professional political scold than an apostate ready to bolt his party. He was an excellent governor of Utah, and enjoyed easy success in a smaller pond. As a presidential candidate, he came across too often in the debates as arrogant and supercilious. This was one pol who did not thrive in a national pond. It seems a large campaign debt and the sting of a sound campaign rejection from Republicans will smart for a while longer.