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Jon Huntsman's newly launched presidential campaign blamed the New Jersey Port Authority for a series of snafus during its first day.

Jon Huntsman announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president today. In the process of making the announcement, CNN reported, his campaign experienced a series of problems such as misspelling its candidate's name and mislabeling the location of the announcement as New York instead of New Jersey on press passes.

When the press corps and campaign staff almost boarded a plane to Saudi Arabia instead of New Hampshire, the site of the campaign's next visit, staffers blamed the Port Authority.

Huntsman's first day jitters seem in line with problems, snafus and gaffes on the part of several Republican candidates in the past weeks, including Donal Trump's fiasco, Newt Gingrich's jewelry debts and campaign staff resignations, Sarah Palin's intervention on Mitt Romney's first day, and Tim Palwenty's gratuitous sneak attacks on Romney's policies.

Huntsman's hurdles to winning the nomination include his moderate positions on gay civil unions, abortion, environmental oversight and other high tension issues for cultural conservatives that comprise the hateful, active and vocal section of his party.

Probably worse is Huntsman role as an Obama appointee as ambassador to China. Republicans hate Obama. Some of them still think he is out to help countries with majority Islamic populations take over, as suggested by Texas crackpot Rep. Louie Ghomert.

So it is likely that a large portion of Republicans will view Huntsman as a Manchurian candidate.

If some Republicans can past that problem, others will be sure to disapprove of the role Hunstman played as ambassador to China, helping to bring that communist-led nation into a closer friendly relationship to the U.S.

So, say you're a China-loving, Obama-hating Republican, you're likely to take issue with a letter Huntsman wrote – by hand – to President Obama after his appointment as U.S. ambassador to China, in which the Republican candidate expressed glowing approval of President Obama's leadership: "You are a remarkable (underlined) leader," Huntsman wrote.

In addition, Huntsman glowingly praised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her leadership in the Department of State. Huntsman also spread the love-fest to former President Bill Clinton, praising the one-time lodestone of Republican hate for his "sense of history and brilliant analysis of world events."

This candidacy is sure to fail, so one has to ask is Huntsman serious? Or is this simply an opportunity for the former Utah governor to gain some notoriety in order to launch a bid for some other office such as U.S. Senate from somewhere?

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mariken, Stuart Heady

    "Individual liberty is served, not negated, by a recognition of the common good." - President Barack Obama

    by jwendland on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:06:30 AM PDT

  •  He may be in it to get name recognition (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Stuart Heady

    for the 2016 presidential election.

  •  No (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Rich in PA, JTinDC, Blackacre

    This has been another edition of simple answers to simple questions.  

  •  If he did he'd be strong (0+ / 0-)

    If he did he'd make it a tough map for Obama

    The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. --George Orwell

    by jgkojak on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:15:25 AM PDT

  •  "most anti-choice governor" he bragged (0+ / 0-)

    at recent convention of religious nuts. He is just as extreme.

  •  Sure, Just Not Running Alone. (0+ / 0-)

    Slap a born-again VP pick under him and it could work.

    Most likely 2012 is dress rehearsal for '16 for the Repubs capable of winning a general though.

    But both the last 2 Repub tickets had RW loon + a Serious Conservative. With better casting in 08 and no global crash, they might've pulled it off then too.

    Mark my post, you'll see one or two running as a pair for the nomination in order to clear the fundamentalist bar.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:22:02 AM PDT

  •  Fred Giulieberman. eom (0+ / 0-)

    "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

    by Geekesque on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:23:30 AM PDT

  •  In a word... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    tacklelady, JTinDC


    Herman Cain has a better shot of being nominated than this guy.

  •  No, but just being a candidate is a good gig. (0+ / 0-)

    Unless you're an outright crank, running for your party's nomination for President is almost always a good career move.

    It's better to curse the darkness than light a candle. --Whoever invented blogs, c.1996

    by Rich in PA on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:42:33 AM PDT

  •  Nah (0+ / 0-)

    He is here to raise his political profile, get into people like Chris Mathews lap for being a "ya know, one of those OK good guys" and spout off a few right-wing talking points (anything that ends with "ism") but get away with it, since he doesn't come across as crazy.

    He'll be one of those "born-again" Conservatives.

    This comment was also more exciting than Tim Pawlenty

    by RVKU on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:47:36 AM PDT

  •  Secretary of State (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe he's running to be Mitt Romney's Sec of State, the way Pawlenty is running to be his Veep.

  •  Bush Screwed the GOP for a long time to come (0+ / 0-)

    Huntsman is more reminiscent of candidates like Bob Dole, and other Republicans, including Nixon, from a previous era.

    That he is so unlikely to get support and become the nominee is some indication of how far the GOP has gone into the deep end of the pool, led there by the Christian crazies.

    The opportunity for the Democratic Party here is that this could take a generation to work itself out and for the GOP to get back to a place of realism.  

    This means that there could be a lot of efforts made to build and rebuild the infrastructure that so badly needs it at every level.  

    Best get to it.  The problem isn't who is in the White House.  The problem is how the grassroots can actually create a true deliberation that generates the ideas that can work to address reality.  More and more, the divide in US politics will be between those who can address reality and those who promise ways it can be denied.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 12:17:52 PM PDT

  •  are you kidding (1+ / 0-)
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    He said he respects the president! That will kill him. I agree he is in it for 2016 when it will be wide open on both sides.

  •  Is He Ashamed (0+ / 0-)

    Of his roots.  Huntsman was born in Utah but his Hqts are in Florida and he selected NJ to make his announcement that he's running for President.  What's the matter with Utah and his Morman roots?

    Anyway, everytime I see this guy he reminds me of a Funeral Director with his black suits.  Also, his first ad is fake, a double is riding that bike.  With the glowing words he sent to Obama, and both Clintons, his fairly liberal stands on several issues he stands no chance of getting the nomination.  

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it .

    by Rosalie907 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 12:29:39 PM PDT

  •  Why just let time decide? (0+ / 0-)

    He can say that he puts country first.  That will appeal to many these days.

    He can say that he could win Independents.  And perhaps he can.  Sometimes, picking a winner, rather than an ideologue that will lose, is a better strategy.  This is particularly so if they sense that Obama can be beaten.

    Maybe regular Republicans will like him.  We tend to hold them all as extremists, but are they really the same as those who sensationalize and seek out publicity?

    If the media grabs hold, I think a dog can get elected.  The ability to manipulate is certainly there.

    It will be interesting to see how Huntsman progresses.  

  •  I think he wins (0+ / 0-)

    the GOP nomination.

     I think he's the choice of the monied elite. I remember how ridiculous the idea that George freaking Bush could be the nominee was. Never mind win.

    Huntsman made his first announcement that he was going to announce sitting next to war criminal,new world order booster Henry goddam Kissenger who squealed with delight.

    He has the right CIA,chemical industry,polluting,Asia society,mandarin speaking, Tim geithneresque pedigree.

    He could win,the nomination and,with voter disenfranchisement rampant and the corporate owned media behind him, I hate to say...the Presidency.

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