The Two Jon Huntsmans
by Jason Williams, Mon Jun 20, 2011 at 01:06:35 PM EDT
Paul Blumenthal writes up the buzz around Jon Huntsman Jr.'s "pre-announcement" announcement ads and fundraisers. The strategy is positioning himself as "cut from a different cloth," unorthodox, and moderate.
Today the Utah State Democratic Party, who found common ground with Huntsman as Governor on climate change -- a position Huntsman has recently reversed -- and civil unions, responded with an announcement of their own: Jon Huntsman "In 1 Day."
Huntsman's launching point might get him somewhere in a general election as a moderate, but I don't see how "unorthodox" and "cut from a different cloth" plays well to the ears of the average GOP primary voter.
And as the state Democrats point out, in the end there's nothing really new here. Just another chameleon ready to do and say anything to win.