Jon Huntsman threw some punches at his party in an interview at the 92nd Street Y in New York on Sunday night. His candor reveals him to be the only sane candidate in a GOP field filled with nonsense, hypocrisy and really bad ideas. Well, ex-candidate that is. Huntsman was disinvited from a Republican National Committee fundraiser in Florida after he said the following on MSNBC, “I think we’re going to have problems politically until we get some sort of third-party movement or some voice out there that can put forth new ideas. We might not win, but we can certainly influence the debate.” In his interview at the 92nd Street Y on Sunday, Huntsman said of the Republican Party and his ouster from the RNC Florida fundraiser, “This is what they do in China on party matters if you talk off script.”
I say good for you Huntsman. It’s refreshing.
Huntsman also revealed that he regrets his decision to oppose a hypothetical 10-to-1 spending cuts to tax increase ratio to cut the deficit. This question was posed during a Republican debate last year. All of the candidates opposed it on the grounds that taxes can never be raised. Huntsman said, “What went through my head was if I veer at all from my pledge not to raise any taxes, then I’m going to have to do a lot of explaining. What was going through my mind was ‘don’t I just want to get through this?’” Huntsman also quipped that his wife played a role in his failed candidacy when he said, “She said if you pandered, if you sign any of those damn pledges, I’ll leave you. So I had to say I believe in science, and people on stage look at you quizzically as though you’re an oddball,”
Nope, you’re not the oddball. That duty falls on the shoulders of the GOP base.
Huntsman also said that he believed it was unlikely Ronald Reagan could win the nomination of this Republican Party.
I feel many Republicans are in denial about the political shift that has happened within their party. Huntsman is not one of them, showing again why he is Mr. Reasonable, and why he had no chance at all to win the GOP nomination.