Huntsman: the best Republican candidate

From The New York Times this morning:

Jon M. Huntsman Jr. had something he wanted to get off his chest — 10 hours after last night’s debate.

At that debate, Mr. Romney criticized Mr. Huntsman for working as an ambassador in President Obama’s administration.

“I was criticized last night by Governor Romney for putting my country first,” he said. “He criticized me while he was out raising money. I want to be very clear. I will always put my country first.”

Mr. Romney refused to relent, saying, “I just think it’s most likely that the person who should represent our party against President Obama is not someone who called him a remarkable leader.”

Mr. Huntsman then had what may be his most quotable moment of the entire campaign.

“This country is divided because of statements like that,” Mr. Huntsman said.

Right on target, Mr. Huntsman.

Romney forgets that Huntsman served under G.H.W. Bush as ambassador to Singapore.  Obama later selected Huntsman to be ambassador to China.  Why, we might ask.  Why would Obama select a relatively unknown governor from a very Republican state, a state that he knew would criticize a Democrat no matter what he did,  a state where he would have no chance of garnering any reciprocal favor (aka ‘votes’).  Obama chose Jon Huntsman because he was the best choice as ambassador to a growing superpower. Huntsman was the BEST choice both times.   He knows the Chinese language and he understands the Chinese culture.  China is now a world superpower and the U.S. needs a clear understanding of what the Chinese are doing and saying if we want to have any hope of negotiating with them.  China will not be bullied and Mr. Huntsman knows that.

Another quote from the most recent debate that shows Mr. Romney’s priorities:

Addressing Huntsman Romney said: “You were for the last two years implementing the policy of this administration in China. The rest of us were doing our best to get Republicans elected….”




The Couric interview with Palin and McCain has provided some great insights into these two people, one of which could possibly be the leader of the free world and the other just a “heartbeat” away.

Here is Howard Kurtz (WaPo) talking about one interesting interchange between Couric and John McCain.

Sarah Palin isn’t the only one scrambling for answers. What is the difference between “talking with a voter” and “in a conversation with a group of people and talking back and forth”? Did anyone see the exchange being argued here? I’m sure there was a camera somewhere that caught the moment when Palin was either “talking with a voter” or “talking back and forth.” Send me the link, please!

A personal note to John McCain: I think you’d better talk to Sarah about her watching Obama. It is obvious to us that she is, after making some of the most unbelievably dumb campaign statements we’ve ever heard, watching Obama to get his take on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border issue. Why else would she have agreed with what he has said and contradicted you?  Two last points:  1) Do you realize that people don’t particularly care for your jokes about about your age?  We know how old you are.  2)  Your condescentious manner is not working; not toward Obama during the debate and not with Katie Couric during your Monday interview.  Lastly, John, it was NOT “gotcha journalism”, unless that is what you call it when she says something that contradicts something you have said and someone notices.