A South Carolina Newspaper Endorsement for Jon Huntsman

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on January 15, 2012

Alas, it comes too late to be able to do any good, but it is still worth mentioning:

The State newspaper, breathing a bit of life into Huntsman’s weak standing, wrote that Huntsman is the superior candidate because he is “a true conservative” but also “a realist” whose goal, like “technocrat” Mitt Romney, “is to get things done.”

“The unhealthy demand for ideological purity obscures a hopeful fact about the GOP presidential field: There are actually two sensible, experienced grownups. And while Mr. Romney is far more appealing than any of the other choices, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is more principled, has a far more impressive resume and offers a significantly more important message,” the editorial board wrote.

Describing itself as “the sensible center,” The State editorial team says it disagrees with some of Huntsman’s positions, including his support for private school vouchers. It adds that independents may not like his tax plan because it was endorsed by The Wall Street Journal editorial page. It also claims another reason to support Huntsman is because he won’t “spout ridiculous superlatives” about President Obama

“President Obama simply has failed to lead or has led in the wrong direction, (Huntsman) argues. Why on earth would we want a candidate to say anything worse about his opponent? Explain why he’s wrong, and why you’re right, and let the voters choose,” the endorsement reads.

While The State argues that Huntsman is “head and shoulders above the field on foreign policy,” it adds that he isn’t merely a partisan but someone who understands negotiation; has a well-defined set of core values but isn’t too rigid to adapt; is honest, trustworthy and competent; and “has the temperament and judgment and experience to be taken seriously as the commander in chief and leader of the free world.”

“We think Mr. Romney could demonstrate those characteristics. Mr. Huntsman already does,” the board wrote.

One hopes that when Romney gets the nomination, he will be able to incorporate in good faith the best of Huntsman’s attributes in his own campaign. As those attributes would serve to make Huntsman the most formidable opponent for Barack Obama in a hypothetical general election campaign between the two men, they will certainly help Romney give the president political nightmares.

  • Sclark

    Yes, large circulation newspapers seem attracted to Huntsman, don’t they? However, don’t you find it the slightest bit odd that Huntsman, the diplomat, seems utterly incapable of making contact with his own party nationally?  Have you been watching how he’s run his campaign? Based on that, I’m surprised that he was elected governor, much less reelected.

  • Tung Yin

    I think this is for the better, given Huntsman’s utter lack of traction. Still, you’d like to think that Huntsman would have some role to play in a Romney Administration.

    • Sclark

      Sure. Ambassador to the Court of St. James.  Now, if only we had a time machine…

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