The Other McCain

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Governor Asterisk Update: Republican Who Endorsed Romney Trashes GOP

WITH HIS CONSTITUENTS: Jon Huntsman was surrounded by reporters after Republican presidential debate in Spartanburg, S.C., Nov. 12, 2012 “Jon Huntsman quit the 2012 presidential campaign just as he ran it all along: Sowing confusion with contradictory messages. … “Students of American political history who examine the peculiar course of Huntsman’s campaign will undoubtedly scratch […]

Palin Helps Romney Win Alaska

WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania Mitt Romney has a powerful ally in his effort to win the Republican nomination: Sarah Palin, who told a Fox News reporter last night that she voted for Newt Gingrich. Gingrich got 1,834 votes in the Alaska caucuses, giving the former House Speaker 14.2% of the vote, good for a fourth-place finish behind […]

A Fitting Finale to the Huntsman Flop

Network TV cameras at the Huntsman press conference MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. Jon Huntsman quit the 2012 presidential campaign just as he ran it all along: Sowing confusion with contradictory messages. “This race has degenerated into an onslaught of negative and personal attacks,” the former Utah governor said in announcing that he was suspending his campaign. Huntsman denounced […]

Good-Bye, Governor Asterisk

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. I was sitting here working on my American Spectator column, with the Huckabee forum on Fox News playing on the TV behind me, when my son Jefferson yelled from the other room to tell me this news, which was a bulletin on the “crawl” on the TV that I wasn’t watching. Huntsman Says […]

Philly Layover Musings: The Republican Party Is Depraved and Decadent

PHILADELPHIA With a three-hour layover in Philly, I logged on here at the Riverbend Bar & Grill at the airport Marriot, and the first thing I find atop the Memeorandum aggregation is my buddy Dave Weigel’s thoughts on the campaign to date: I’m thinking of a Republican primary. It starts with a candidate (John McCain/Mitt Romney) who […]

Two Excellent Arguments in Favor of a Jon Huntsman Presidency

HOLLIS, N.H. At tonight’s Hillsborough County GOP dinner I had the enormous pleasure of meeting Mary Anne and Abby Huntsman: For all the grief I’ve given “Governor Asterisk” in the past several months, I must confess that his daughters were not only lovely, but also quite gracious. I gave them one piece of advice: “Whatever you […]

Report: Huntsman, Bachmann, Santorum Fail to Make Virginia Primary Ballot UPDATE: Close Calls for Newt and Perry

A certain number of petition signatures had to be delivered by close of business today in order for candidates to be included on the ballot for the March 6 Virginia Republican primary. Rick Santorum supporter Lisa Graas just informed me by e-mail that, according to University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato, three candidates […]

Joe Scarborough’s Weird Man-Crush on Jon Huntsman: Get a Room, You Two!

MSNBC has in recent weeks become the daily venue for one of the most bizarre reality shows on cable TV: Morning Bromance, starring Joe Scarborough as a man helplessly smitten with “Republican presidential candidate” Jon Huntsman. When he isn’t blowing air-kisses at Huntsman, Scarborough is citing every possible media blurb about Huntsman as ratification of the former Utah […]

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