I suppose it says something about the inherently chaotic nature of Jon Huntsman’s campaign that after having received an endorsement from The State yesterday, the Huntsman campaign sent out e-mails asking for fundraising support . . . only to allow word to leak later yesterday evening that Huntsman would drop out and endorse Mitt Romney for president.
Certainly, there are a number of Republican operatives who never again ought to have jobs running a campaign of any kind–John Weaver, I am looking at you!–but of course, the candidate himself bears the ultimate responsibility for the disorganization surrounding his campaign. I am sure that there are a number of people who will bring up my endorsement of Huntsman and who will ask how it is that I could throw my support to a presidential candidate who ran such a poor campaign, and whether I actually thought that someone who ran a poor campaign could be a good president. In answer, I would point anew to the endorsement, to the list of strengths that Huntsman undoubtedly does have, and to the observation that if the ability to run a good campaign correlated in any way with the ability to be a good president, Barack Obama would probably rank as one of the best presidents we have ever had. And of course, his record is far too mixed to merit such a ranking.
There is, I am sure, more that can be said about the Huntsman campaign, but I will close this post with the hope that somehow, some way, Huntsman–who while possessing certain faults, is nothing if not decent, principled, and intelligent–will find a way to be of service to the country. It’s an all-hands-on-deck moment in America, and we need as many talented hands as we can get to help us.