Jon Huntsman Dooms His Campaign

Of all the 2012 GOP candidates, my favorite by far is Jon Huntsman. Unfortunately, I think he just doomed what little chance he had of taking the nomination by tweeting the following:

To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.

Alas, those aren’t sentiments that will take you very far in today’s GOP.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2012, Quick Takes, Science & Technology
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Comments

  1. EddieInCA says:

    Oh. He. Did. Not.

    Yes. He. Did.

    Damn.

    He. Gone.

    I know.

    Damn shame. He has nice hair.

  2. OzarkHibilly says:

    Toast.

  3. OzarkHibilly says:

    And some people thought he was serious about this Presidential run.

  4. James Joyner says:

    Well, he was at best a longshot. When you’re probably going to lose anyway, it’s always the right strategy to be true to yourself, swing for the fences, and try to distinguish yourself from your opponents. It’s more fun, likely to earn you some respect, and leaves you with fewer regrets.

  5. legion says:

    No no, Jon! It’s _way_ too early to try to appeal to sane, general-election voters! You’ve still got too many mouth-breathing tools to win over for the primaries yet!

  6. Rob in CT says:

    @James Joyner:

    Right.

    The only chance Jon Huntsman has at the Presidency (and even then it’s probably slim) is in a future election, if 2012 ends up being an Obama victory over a hard-right candidate. If positions himself as the “sane, electable Republican” now, and the above comes to pass, maybe it increases his chances (from none to slim?).

  7. Rob in CT says:

    James, I hope you vote in the GOP primary (if you’re still a registered Rep). I think we all agree that more voters need to show up in the primaries, so they are not so completely dominated by the hardcore base. Of course, you don’t live in Iowa or NH…

  8. legion says:

    Well hell, if he keeps talking like that, maybe we can put him in a primary against Obama!

  9. john personna says:

    Is he on the California primary ballot?

  10. OzarkHibilly says:

    @James Joyner:

    When you’re probably going to lose anyway, it’s always the right strategy to be true to yourself,

    Sad that that almost makes sense.

  11. bains says:

    To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.

    Alas, those aren’t sentiments that will take you very far in today’s GOP.

    Huntsman isn’t crazy… He just knows that the coastal elites hold far more untenable beliefs than his Mormon faith demands. Were I to restate your comment Alex, Huntsman expresses the same amount of faith in the good science (persuasive evolution theory) and the paid-for-faux-science (AGW) you really want to believe.

    An atheist’s faith is predicated upon the belief that god does not exist. It is just as unprovable as the opposite. It is never-the-less a faith.

  12. catfish says:

    “Call me crazy” : that’s exactly the kind of person we need.

  13. john personna says:

    You guys should get over the “profit motive” and “paid for science” bullshit. It is actually a (very weak form of) ad hominem attack. You are saying “don’t listen to the guy, what he actually says, what his actual argument is, because we suspect him (actually all thousands of them) of being corrupt and dishonest.”

    Take some thousands of guys, working in dozens of countries, in hundreds of organizations, and say they must ALL be lying because each and every one of them profits. That’s the ticket.

    It kind of separates the sheep from the goats, doesn’t it? You’ve got have your brain turned off to believe that crap.

  14. dc says:

    Huntsman would never get the nomination for a multitude of reasons. He is a phony who wants to play patty-cakes with the dalibama for starters.