Sunday, January 15, 2012

Anyone seen my old friend Jon? (UPDATED)

1st UPDATE: 9:42 p.m. EST: The New York Times takes a closer look at Mr. Huntsman's presidential ambitions and why his campaign never caught fire.
Mr. Huntsman first signaled his presidential ambitions here in South Carolina in May, days after returning from Beijing, where he had been the United States ambassador to China. He surrounded himself with a veteran roster of advisers who positioned Mr. Huntsman as a new brand of Republican.
He announced his candidacy in June, in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, calling for a more civil kind of presidential campaign and promising a better future than the one that Presidnt Obama would provide.
“He and I have a difference of opinion on how to help a country we both love,” Mr. Huntsman said of Mr. Obama. “But the question each of us wants the voters to answer is who will be the better president, not who’s the better American.”
But the campaign of “civility, humanity and respect” that Mr. Huntsman promised quickly faded into the background as his Republican rivals seized the attention — and the support — of a party faithful that seemed more interested in red meat politics.
Voters also seemed wary of a candidacy by a man whose most recent service was to the very many he now wanted to oust. Fawning letters that Mr. Huntsman wrote about Mr. Obama’s leadership did not help that case.
My opinion -- for whatever that's worth -- is that Mr. Huntsman will endorse Mitt Romney.

ORIGINAL POST: You won't find former Utah governor Jon Huntsman in South Carolina or anywhere else on the political trail for that matter.

Politico explains why in this alert it sent at 9:23 p.m. EST:
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will drop out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday, a campaign official confirmed to POLITICO.
No surprise. Mr. Huntsman ignored the Iowa Caucuses, opting for an essential Custer's last stand moment in New Hampshire. But he finished third, and the handwriting was on the wall.

It turns out it took him about eight days to read what was on that wall.

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