Wednesday, August 31, 2011

For Jon Huntsman, it might be now or never

He's surrounded by fellow Republicans who are more vitriolic. He's a moderate at a time in which GOP voters appear to want raw, red and partisan meat. He's down in the polls.

So, does former Utah governor Jon Huntsman have any chance to make his mark in the race to be the GOP presidential candidate?

The next few days could give us the answer.

As the Washington Post reports, Mr. Huntsman is unveiling his jobs plan later today, which could -- emphasis on the word 'could' -- provide him a needed boost of attention.
“We need American entrepreneurs not only thinking of products like the iPhone or Segway; we need American workers building those products,” Huntsman will say, according to excerpted remarks. “It’s time for ‘Made in America’ to mean something again.”
Meanwhile, as the Los Angeles Times notes, Mr. Huntsman also could be aided by a "Super Pac."

GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman is the latest candidate to get the backing of a tailor-made "super PAC" -- complete with top-tier talent formerly with his official campaign.

Fred Davis, the GOP ad man whose off-kilter contributions to the political lexicon include "
demon sheep," has signed on to the newly formed "Our Destiny PAC," which filed papers with the Federal Election Commission last week and includes, among its officials, an executive from Huntsman Corp., a global chemical company owned by the candidate's father, Jon Huntsman Sr. Politico reported today that the corporation said it has no affiliation to the PAC.

Davis, who was with the official Huntsman campaign until he resigned on July 27, will "be an important part of the PAC's team," according
to the group's website. The move, first spotted by Real Clear Politics, gives Davis a bigger piggy bank to play with, as independent-expenditure groups are allowed to solicit unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations and unions.
Give credit to Mr. Huntsman (and for that matter Mitt Romney as well) for not seeking to be someone he's not in order to jump start his stalled campaign. He's not slinging mud and otherwise demeaning others, in an attempt to get support. That strategy might not win him a campaign, but it will demonstrate that you need not surrender your gentlemanly status in order to seek higher office.

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