Thursday, June 23, 2011
Cross Jon Huntsman off your list
Jon Huntsman thinks that moderates and blue-dog democrats in red states are his ticket to the white house. His lame strategy is to concentrate his efforts in states where cross-party voting is allowed in primaries. He's signaled that he'll essentially abandon the tea-party base and woo moderates, independents, and conservative democrats to vote for him in GOP primaries.
This is the same strategy that Rush used in 2008, but for fun and giggles, which he called Operation Chaos, when he urged registered republicans to vote for Hillary in their state primaries in an attempt to force Obama to spend huge amounts of money when Hillary would have already been out of the race otherwise.
This is a losing strategy. Huntsman overestimates his ability to appeal to liberals and underestimates the revulsion republicans will have toward a guy who tries to court the center-left voting block by abandoning the right. That's OK though, he wasn't going to get my vote any way.