Will this teach him a lesson? Or push him toward a third-party bid?
Former Governor and Ambassador Jon Huntsman has been uninvited from the Republican National Committee’s lavish donor gathering in Palm Beach this weekend, two sources with knowledge of the snub confirmed to BuzzFeed.
The former presidential candidate was slated to be a speaker at the “Regents” gathering of the party’s fundraisers and politicians, but was informed he is no longer welcome at the event.
His sin: Calling for a third-party presidential candidate to enter the race.
“I think we’re going to have problems politically until we get some sort of third party movement or some voice out there that can put forth new ideas,” Huntsman said on MSNBC last week. “We might not win, but we can certainly influence the debate.”
One GOP strategist told BuzzFeed that Huntsman was not personally informed by RNC Chairman Reince Preibus that he was uninvited, but that an RNC staff-member delivered the news to a former member of Huntsman’s presidential campaign staff.
A spokeswoman for the RNC said the committee would not comment on a private fundraising event.
Yesterday, as I was wasting away part of my life on Facebook, I came across this ad on my newsfeed:
When I read it, several thoughts went through my head.
First of all, it is apparent that I can no longer
stalk a casual acquaintance communicate with friends online without being bombarded by the GOP presidential race. This stuff is everywhere. My friends and family in South Carolina can probably recite every political ad on TV word for word because they are essentially playing on repeat. Now these guys are on my Facebook, too? Come on. Let me waste my time on Facebook in peace.
Secondly: Rick Perry, just stop. You aren’t going anywhere in the polls. You were essentially the “flavor of the week” for part of 2011, but nobody
takes you seriously after watching you perform in national debates really sees you winning the nomination at this point. Stop wasting money on advertising and pack it up.
Also, this really proved to me that yes, companies really do track everything you do online. I “liked” one Jon Huntsman thing on Facebook and now this ad is everywhere. So they really do cater these advertisements to the user. But if this is the case, I’m confused as to why I have ads that say: “FREE baby stuff,” “Lose Weight NOW,” and “Build Your Own Mushroom Town!” (Um, what???) But I digress…
Finally, what I’m really confused about: Why are you promoting Rick Perry to a Jon Huntsman fan? Are you trying to tell me that these two candidates are analogous? And you want me to support Rick Perry (the “Washington outsider”) because my favorite candidate dropped? I think maybe I should put some thought into who to support next… I’m not sure that a Facebook ad written at a third grade level is going to do it for me.
The Post and Courier just posted an article about Jon Huntsman in Daniel Island, SC — he was right down the street from the parents’ house giving a speech. I wish I could have been there!
By Andrew Knapp
DANIEL ISLAND — Switching from a “New Hampshire accent to a Southern accent,” Republican Jon Huntsman told 100 breakfast diners Thursday morning that he would draw on his experience overseas to create manufacturing jobs in the U.S.
The former Utah governor and an ambassador to Singapore for George H.W. Bush and to China for Barack Obama said the nation is on the “cusp of a manufacturing renaissance” and that he’s the only candidate with the international knowledge to take advantage of what he called a crack in China’s stranglehold on the industry. He said the business environment in Asia is deteriorating because of political mistrust, inflation and unemployment.
Bolstering the United States’ manufacturing role would shrink an economic deficit rather than passing it on to this grandchildren, he said.
“This deficit … is a cancer metastasizing in our country,” he told voters as they nibbled on French toast, grits and cheese omelets at Honeycomb Cafe. “We’ve got to radiate it. We’ve got to excise it. We’ve got to cut it out to preserve our next generation.”
In addition to the economic deficit, Huntsman said the nation suffers a deficit of a different kind, “a deficit of trust” of politicians and companies. He vowed a “Grateful Dead-like concert tour” to persuade people to get behind term limits for members of Congress and to stifle politicians’ ability to trade stocks based on inside knowledge of legislation that affects Wall Street.
He again leaned on his foreign policy experience in boosting trust overseas, as well as reducing U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, where he stressed intelligence-gathering over a large troop presence.
But Huntsman, clad in dark blue jeans, cowboy boots and a lapel featuring the U.S. and South Carolina flags, referred to himself as a “crass political salesman” to the diners and admitted that he just wanted their votes. His wife standing behind him, Huntsman spoke for about 30 minutes and answered a half-dozen questions from the crowd about topics like job creation, health care and Iran’s threat as a nuclear power.
“I’ve always been following him,” said one voter, 67-year-old Alana Knuff of Daniel Island. “He has the leadership qualities, the foreign experience. But I just came to see how personable he is.
“After seeing him personally, he’s got my vote.”
Others, such as 65-year-old Bill Estes, who splits his time between Iowa and Daniel Island, said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s “machine” would “leave Huntsman in the dust.” Estes said that he wanted to hear more specifics on policy, such as those pertaining to taxes and that Huntsman’s plan to remove troops from Afghanistan was soft.
“To be elected, you have to be walking on the edge, but he’s not,” Estes said. “He’s way in the safe zone. He’s not a risk-taker, and I’d like to see him take some risks.”
Shaking hands with the assembled crowd members, Huntsman said he was re-energized by his showing in the New Hampshire primary earlier this week.
“When you come from O and get to third place, that’s pretty good,” he told one man. “I’d say that’s a ticket out of New Hampshire.”
…but I like this one! It kind of makes me want to go see Mission Impossible or something…
Good job, Team Huntsman.
Oh, the headlines.
I just do not understand how someone like Rick Santorum can surge in the polls, but someone like Jon Huntsman can’t seem to catch a break. Huntsman has gotten numerous endorsements and people keep stating that the GOP needs to take another look at him… but for whatever reason, the GOP doesn’t give him a chance.
On the other hand we have Rick Santorum:
- This is the man that compared homosexuality to “man on dog” and “man on child.”
- He recently said President Obama should oppose abortions… because he is a black man.
- A couple days ago he said, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money,” … and then yesterday denied ever saying “black” people. C’mon man… it’s on tape.
- This guy is also anti-abortion in any situation… even in cases of rape, incest, the mother’s life being in danger (and there may be a bit of hypocrisy there…)
- He also advocated for caps on medical malpractice suits… except if they involve his wife suing a chiropractor.
- He finds absolutely nothing wrong with earmarks … in fact, he used government money like a drunken sailor.
- He — just today — tried lecturing a group of students on how homosexuality equals polygamy, and then became testy when people wouldn’t listen.
- He also thinks that there is no need for food stamps… because people are overweight. He said, and I quote, “If hunger is a problem in America, then why do we have an obesity problem among the people who we say have a hunger program?”
I found this interactive tool on USAToday.com this morning and I’m obsessed. It’s basically a questionnaire that you fill out about your political views and at the end you are matched with the Presidential candidate who is most in line with your viewpoints.
I think all those people who pick their candidate based on ridiculous reasoning (“I want anyone but Obama,” “I don’t want a Mormon in office,” “I don’t want a woman as President”) should take a good look at this program. We really need to stop focusing on the petty stuff that the media focuses on and actually take a good look at the politics. Let’s look at the issues and argue about substantial topics — not whether or not Herman Cain had an affair or what Donald Trump thinks about someone.
So go take this quiz and see who you really support for President — you’ll be surprised what you see! (Ex: Romney was at the bottom of my list… I had no idea we had such differing views. And Rick Perry and Obama made my top three? Did not expect that!)
Okay, why does an endorsement from Donald Trump mean anything?? Honestly, I think that if Donald endorses you for the GOP candidacy, there is probably something really wrong with you. I don’t think that getting his endorsement is a good thing… the guy is an absolute joke.
Now Trump is supposedly moderating a GOP debate at the end of December… even though he keeps insinuating that he may still run for President. A) Please, Donald. No one wants to see you any more than they already have to. And B) Please, no one watch this debate. I am begging you. He is an absolute headcase and nobody should actually waste their time watching this
Ron Paul and Job Huntsman seem to be the only guys that aren’t seeking an endorsement from Trump; in fact, they are speaking out against him. I applaud these two for being the only sane ones in the race at this point. And Huntsman’s interview below made me his #1 fan…
Good article from LZ Granderson on CNN.com, yet again…
Huntsman, best candidate for a third party
Grand Rapids, Michigan (CNN) — As a voter, aren’t you tired of feeling as if you don’t really have a choice?
Primaries have an assortment of personalities to sort through early on, but at the end of the day, the general election often forces us into a this-or-that, the lesser-of-two-evils scenario.
Technically that scenario is still a choice, but I bet if you went to an all-you-can-eat buffet and they only served mashed potatoes and mashed potatoes with gravy, you would want your money back.
And when I look at some of the decisions President Obama has made, that’s exactly what I want, my money back.
But then I look at the field of Republican candidates and I just feel trapped, as our election process has become less about which candidate you prefer and more like which limb you want to cut off.
The only GOP candidate I find myself wanting to hear more from is Jon Huntsman, who, when I last checked, finished a hair below Lady Gaga and a handful of rocks in the latest Gallup poll.
“He’s a nice guy, but he’s out of his league,” said Bob List, a former Nevada governor and GOP strategist.
Is Huntsman a charismatic politician?
But wow — a former governor who oversaw the biggest tax cut in his state’s history, maintained a surplus in the budget, speaks fluent Chinese and is a talented enough musician to play on stage with REO Speedwagon is deemed “out of his league.” But Rick Perry, the dude who got a “D” in economics and brags about creating more minimum wage jobs, many without benefits, than any other governor is not?
I don’t know what kind of league List is talking about, but it sounds nuts to me.
It’s those kinds of insider statements that have me reminiscing about the free-wheeling Ross Perot.
True, the 1992 independent candidate didn’t win. He finished third behind winner Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. But man was he fun. He didn’t have to deal with the Lists in his party, and because of that, the nearly 20 million people who voted for him didn’t feel as trapped.
Think about it: Perot captured nearly 19% of the popular vote, more than 50% of them independents. This was at a time in which no one really paid attention to independent voters. But in 2008, independent voters were credited with being the difference makers, and today the big GOP question is whether a social conservative in the primary can appeal to moderates and independents in the general.
Huntsman’s showing a bit more personality now, and he is unveiling a jobs package ahead of Obama and Mitt Romney. But the reality is, it doesn’t matter. He effectively eliminated his chances of making conservatives swoon, and thus winning the GOP nomination, when he tweeted that he believes in evolution and global warming.
But in closing the GOP door, he opened the independent window. It would seem that if Huntsman is still serious about being the next president of the United States, then instead of trying to win over the social conservatives who never liked him anyway, he should reboot his campaign and run as an independent.
Let the Romneys and Perrys and Bachmanns slug it out and spend the next 16 months addressing voters who are not happy with Democrats or Republicans — which is likely to be a fairly high number considering only 39% of Americans approve of the job Obama’s doing and just 13% of them like Congress.
One of the reasons why Obama continues to be in a virtual tie in the polls with Perry and Romney isn’t because his economic policies are stellar, but because a lot of voters are concerned about the theocracy and overall influence of the tea party Republicans who have proven to be a group of folks not very interested in compromise.
So even though independent voters may have questions about Obama’s ability to help the economy, and they may agree with some of the fiscal talking points of his opponents, when given the choice between him and, say, a candidate who wants to make abortions illegal, or discriminates against gays or Muslims, well he becomes a lot more appealing.
And that my friend, is the reason why the elections are technically a choice, but don’t feel like one.
When voters are forced between what they believe is right for the country and their civil rights or the civil rights of others they’re not really weighing legislative options, they’re deciding which limb to cut off.
At least for a moment Perot brought another option. Even if you felt he wouldn’t win, at least he didn’t spend his entire campaign regurgitating partisan talking points or trying to prove himself to be the most conservative or progressive option. I’m not saying he was the best person for the job — and as I recall, he said some crazy stuff too — but he was there.
Like Perot I don’t know if Huntsman is the best person for the job, but what I do know is compare his on-the-job performance with the rest of field, and you will see he is not out of his league.
He’s just playing for the wrong team.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of LZ Granderson.
I’m talking about the election next year, people. I kept thinking that maybe there was some hope in the Republican party, but what a let down! I really can’t see any of these presidential hopefuls winning big in 2012. Why? Let’s take a look, shall we?
Sarah Palin: I’m praying to God that she doesn’t enter the race. But if she does, I’m pretty sure that she will somehow mess it up for herself by either continuing to make up American history or by accidentally revealing to the world that she doesn’t read the news and cannot name one news publication on camera.
Michele Bachmann: What terrifies me most is the fact that Bachmann has a lot of Republican support right now. What? How? Why? But not to worry. It’s just a matter of time before she starts to become the next Sarah Palin. Just like with Palin, a sizeable portion of really odd Americans will somehow still support her and not be completely embarassed by her, while the majority of people will look back to when they considered her Presidential material and say, “What the hell was I thinking?” Like Palin, she has the strange habit of rewriting history, and she also is coming under a lot of fire because her family-owned clinic apparently thinks that they can “cure” gay people. Yeah, okay.
Mitt Romney: Who? This guy seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. He is probably the most sane of all the GOP hopefuls, but despite having millions of dollars, he seems to be a PR failure. Unfortunately, people seem to be a little biased towards him because of his Mormon faith as well, though I’m not sure how much that has to do with his depressing poll numbers.
Tim Pawlenty: I like you sometimes, Tim. Refusing to sign the pledge against gay marriage was cool, as was publically stating that Michele Bachmann hasn’t achieved much in Congress. (To be fair, he isn’t the only GOP candidate who refused to sign the pledge, but still…) And the fact that he’s a Lady Gaga fan? Wow. But with all seriousness, though I don’t agree with a lot of his political views, he seems to be right where the majority of Republicans are in terms of opinions on what needs to be done in the White House. He just isn’t that exciting or something. His poll numbers and fundraising efforts have not been great, so apparently people are bored with him and would rather watch trainwrecks like Sarah Palin on the nightly news.
Jon Huntsman: This guy is pretty legit. As Obama’s Ambassador to China, he obviouslysurpasses most other candidates in terms of intelligence and experience. He is socially conservative, but breaks the mold by supporting civil unions and encouraging government to become more active in environmental problems. I don’t like his stance on several issues — he is a bit too right-wing for my taste — he seems to have it together. To be honest, I don’t quite understand why his poll numbers aren’t better. His biggest issue seems to be the fact that he is friends with Glenn Beck.
Rick Santorum: Anytime this guy opens his mouth, he offends someone. Somehow he has managed to make every racist, sexist, and homophobic statement possible. Sorry to break it to you, but if you offend every American out there, there is going to be no one left to vote for you. Someone obviously never learned how to play nice on the playground with others.
Herman Cain: Oh, Herman. You were so promising. You even caught my interest way back when, so I wrote a blog post or two about you. You are a very intriguing and intelligent person, but some of your views and comments? Good God, man. Seriously? Between stating that you wouldn’t appoint a Muslim to your cabinet to saying that communities should have the right to ban mosques, your discriminatory views are too much to handle. Maybe pissing off and alienating a couple million Americans with your comments wasn’t the smartest thing to do…
Newt Gingrich: Hahahaha. You’re joking, right?