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    So Tell Me About Jon Huntsman

    So Tell Me About Jon Huntsman

    Per posts at The Hill and Ben Smith, the Obama administration is playing its usual childish games, this time heaping praise on Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, former Republican Governor of Utah, for the purpose of undermining Huntsman’s appeal to Republican voters should Huntsman choose to run for President.  Or maybe it’s just some reverse psychology.

    From The Hill:

    The White House is showing no signs of letting up on its campaign for Ambassador Jon Huntsman’s presidential prospects – if anything, it’s in pile-on mode.

    Chief of Staff Bill Daley on Sunday heaped praise on Huntsman (R), Obama’s ambassador to China who is resigning his post and is said to be mulling a challenge to his boss for the presidency.

    “He’s done an excellent job on behalf of the Obama administration,” Daley said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he was barely able to suppress a smile as he spoke.

    Then Daley went into overdrive. “[Huntsman’s] support of the Obama administration, his support of the president, the things he did on behalf of the administration, and the closeness in which he worked with the president is most appreciated. And I’m sure he’ll talk about that in the Republican primary.”

    I know almost nothing about Huntsman, but I’m certainly not going to like/dislike him based on what comes out of the White House’s billion dollar spin machine, which already is in campaign mode.

    So tell me about Jon Huntsman.

    Update 3-7-2011:  Jim Geraghty, How Jon Huntsman Could Debut With a Bang and Will the White House’s Embrace of Huntsman Work?

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    viator | March 7, 2011 at 8:45 am

    On The Issues, Jon Huntsman

    "Back when Utah had a governor who thought global warming existed, and who also though we might need to take significant steps regarding our air pollution"

    One Utah

    (Huntsman) "is giddy over the prospect of a Vicente Fox visit, hoping that it's sooner rather than later. Apparently the gov. has a "Utah-Mexico Alliance for Prosperity" plan which will involve more direct flights as well as more ties between that Third World country and First World Utah. Fox had kind words for Utah's new "driving privilege card system", which gives special driver's licenses to those who are in this country illegally: "He thanked us for compromising and continuing mobility in our state," Huntsman said.

    Well, it's always good when the leader of a corrupt Third World country thanks you for allowing his citizens who are in your country illegally to have driving privileges, isn't it?
    Huntsman also supports "immigration reform" and he wants to schedule a summit. There are 200,000 Mexicans in Utah."

    Jon Huntsman, 24Ahread


     
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    viator | March 7, 2011 at 8:55 am

    "Meanwhile, the former Utah governor has gone on record as trashing the performance of congressional Republicans and in 2009, welcoming with open arms the very stimulus dollars that fellow GOP governors threatened to reject."

    WhoRunsGov.com, WaPo

    I'm keeping an open mind as well. I must say that I don't understand the cw mindset that, by accepting the WH ambassadorship to China, Huntsman has inevitably undermined his candidacy. You could just as easily frame it as the case that Huntsman had a unique understanding and qualifications regarding this important relationship with no comparable nominee on the Democratic side.

    FWIW, I despise the snarkiness of the WH too. That microexpression suppressed smile of Daley's (Obama also when speaking of Romney the other day) indicates to me that they are gleefully planning these little bombs. I'm an optimist, so I'm hoping that even if viewers don't go down the cognitive trail of "why are they saying these things" they will still recognize the meanness and pettiness and take note.

    EasternShoreGirl

    No.

    Huntsman will not win the republican nomination in this political climate. The GOP might love to run another big government, big spending RINO they can market as a "centrist" (they just can't let go of that 2008 playbook), but I sincerely doubt that the TEA Party or indies are looking for another Romney/McCain/useless flaccid "centrist." Primaries draw people who are both (relatively) informed and engaged. Add in that the 2012 presidential primaries will be dominated by people determined to roll back everything Obama has touched . . . and someone like Huntsman (and they're a dime a dozen) is a nobody. (But I was way wrong about MA last November, so take that with the necessary grain of salt.)

    I am surprised that no one vetted Mr. Huntsman enough to know that he is Jon Huntsman Jr. Jon Huntsman Sr. is a multi-billionaire and has vast,varied industries which create a lot of jobs–overseas & most are located in China.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Huntsman,_Jr.

    Another little rich brat whose only employment experience, other than nominal keyboard gigs, was in the FAMILY BUSINESS.

    We have another George W. Bush, John Kerry, ELITIST here!

    He showed how incompetent he was even as an Ambassador to China by wearing a CIA-style black leather jacket & shades&thinking; he was disguised enough to stir up a Jasmine Revolution.How CONSPICUOUS do you think THAT was? He made the Chinese angry –not a good idea when we owe as much money to China as we do.

    If China needs a guy to govern us if they decide to call in our loans & take the collateral –he'd be a good puppet go-between.

    He SAYS he is a REPUBLICAN and here is a DEMOCRATIC administration endorsing him & laughing at him.

    THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE–THEY ARE BOTH NEOCONS/RINOS –will keep playing forward the 1989 George H.W. Bush/Soros New World Order agenda as will Romney and Gingrich.

    WE NEED MEN LIKE RICK PERRY,ALLEN WEST,MARCO RUBIO,JIM DE MINT,JOHN BOEHMER,RON PAUL IN THE WHITE HOUSE…

    HERE IS INFO ON MR. HUNTSMAN, FATHER OF JR.:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Huntsman,_Sr.

    HERE IS THE HUNTSMAN CORPORATION WEB SITE:

    http://huntsman.com/

    We need someone who is more interested is SAVING this country instead of some rock star, CIA wannabe BRAT!

    Electing THIS would be as big a mistake as electing OBAMA, whoever he really is.


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