After a disappointing third place finish in the New Hampshire primary last week, and amid indications that he was polling worse than Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert in the upcoming South Carolina primary, Jon Huntsman spoke to his campaign advisers on Sunday, and indicated that he will be dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination today, and endorsing Mitt Romney.
I expected Jon Huntsman to drop out…his Daddy was prepared to buy him some help in New Hampshire but, after his C+ showing there, even his wealthy father couldn’t see a way forward. But endorse Mitt Romney? Jon Huntsman said just one week ago, “It’s become abundantly clear over the last couple of days what differentiates Governor Romney and me. I will always put my country first. It seems that Gov. Romney believes in putting politics first. Gov. Romney enjoys firing people; I enjoy creating jobs. It may be that he’s slightly out of touch with the economic reality playing out in America right now, and that’s a dangerous place to be.”
Sigh, poor Jon Huntsman, the dangerous place to be is where he was, i.e., running as a rich Mormon against another rich Mormon, running as a moderate Republican against a moderate Republican, and being entirely incapable of distinguishing himself from the rest of the Republican field, except for those moments in the debates when he looked in the camera…and spoke Mandarin. Even if the GOP were prepared to nominate a man who worked as the Ambassador to China for the fourth prong in the axis of evil (Obama), they would never nominate someone as cultured or intelligent as Obama. No, they want a contrast, a real choice; give them Rick Perry and his camp named after a racial epithet, not Obama the embodiment of racial progress. Give them Rick Santorum and his hatred of birth control and gay people, not Obama and his, um, logic. Give them Newt Gingrich and his hypocrisy, not Obama who has steadily accomplished most of his campaign promises from 2008. Give them Mitt Romney with his flip-flops, his dog abuse, and his like for firing people, not Obama’s steady hand, his dog Bo (who flies on Air Force One instead of being strapped to the top of a car in a crate like Romney’s dog Seamus), and the recovering economy he’s nurturing.
As they say in China, zai jian (goodbye) Jon Huntsman. Now the Republicans have the clear choice they want, and America is no better for it.
Sarah Warden is the author of the novel Three Fifths of Love, available for the Kindle from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Three-Fifths-Love-Marriage-ebook/dp/B005EZ3QU2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1318174116&sr=8-1
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