Morgen on June 23, 2011 at 10:05 am
For every conservative Republican wondering why on earth someone like Jon Huntsman is running, here’s your answer straight from the RINO’s mouth. Turns out he’s not looking to actual Republicans to choose him as the REPUBLICAN nominee for president:
While it’s obvious to anyone that this is Huntsman’s only path to victory, his flat-out admission of such this early in the election cycle is simply incredible. A gaffe, I think, on par with Newt’s lambasting of Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform plan. I mean, he just launched his campaign two days ago in the shadow of Ronald Reagan, while branding himself an “authentic conservative“. Who knew that support for authentic conservatives can only be found outside the Republican party?
Recognizing this as a gaffe, Huntsman’s campaign manager circled back with Politico yesterday to try to do some damage control:
Later in the day, John Weaver, Huntsman’s chief strategist, sought to clarify the ex-governor’s intentions by saying: “We intend to do well, in New Hampshire and South Carolina and Florida, among Republicans – and every indication that we have, early on, is that we will do so. Now, the fact that a candidate can attract independent votes is a good indication that they can be more viable in a general election. And at the end of the day, this is about beating Barack Obama. But our goal is to do well – extremely well – among Republicans.”
This is what happens when you pair a dishonest, subversive campaign strategy with someone like Huntsman who is actually a pretty honorable guy. There is no question Huntsman was telling the truth about his strategy, and his admission makes a mockery out of any future attempts by him or his campaign to enlist the support of genuine conservatives. The only potential saving grace for his campaign is that hardly anyone outside of the liberal media is paying them much attention.
But we should be. Because I’ll tell you, there is a reasonable chance this strategy can succeed. Both New Hampshire and South Carolina have open primaries, meaning “independents” and even registered Democrats can vote for Huntsman in the Republican primary. Is there any doubt that liberals will relish the opportunity to pull off their own version of “Operation Chaos” with someone like Huntsman?
But don’t take my word for it. Huntsman has the backing of a lot of establishment types (and money) who obviously believe he can pull this off. Otherwise he would have never entered the race. If he can somehow pull off a victory in New Hampshire and/or South Carolina, he will have enough momentum to seriously contend for the nomination. And in the process he will likely have knocked other more conservative candidates out of the race.
Is there a Tea Party movement in New Hampshire? I know there must be one in South Carolina. Because we need to start getting the word out about this.
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