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FL Republican Party dis by Jon Huntsman, "homo unelectable"

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Oops. Missed this from Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign (hat-tip to The Buzz, and my old mentor Brian Crowley): The going-nowhere Florida campaign is going to New Hampshire in part. And, where it once boasted that the Florida straw poll was central to Huntsman's hopes, the campaign is now saying the Republican Party of Florida event is "diminished." 

That's a tough one to argue.

The only thing that's clearly diminished in this campaign is Huntsman, who has gone from the middle single digits in the polls to a single digit: 1 percent support. That means if a candidate had the name "Undecided," Huntsman would lose by a factor of 3 in Florida.

Huntsman's decision wasn't prompted by Rick Perry's announcement that he'd campaign and participate full-bore in the Presidency 5 straw poll and debate hosted by RPOF. Huntsman's folks have been grousing about the straw poll for a while and made this decision recently.

In fact, Huntsman is almost looking like a political ally of Perry. Huntsman's decision to go all-in in New Hampshire is the best thing for Perry -- Huntsman is likely to place well in the Granite State, where liberal and moderate voters can cross party lines and vote in the primary (unlike Florida, which is a closed primary state). So Huntsman will syphon votes that likely would go to Mitt Romney.

Huntsman hasn't been so buddy, buddy with Perry, though. He had suggested Perry was "anti-science" after the Texas governor made comments that questioned evolution and man-made climate change. "Suggested" is a key word because when Huntsman was actually asked who he was talking about in the debate, he ducked the question entirely. He also tried to deflect a question to his campaign manager, John Weaver (that's one way to earn $217k, John).

The Daily Show highlighted this (and a bunch of other funny highlights) last night, where it punned off Huntsman's evolution comments to call him "homo unelectable." Here's the whole segment:

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C. Williams

Wow, I understand this is an opinion page but I thought there would need to be a little more substance than something that could come from a 4th grade social studies student. You are using the Jon Stewart clip to make fun of Huntsman? Is it too sophisticated for you to pick up on the fact that Stewart is making fun of Republicans instead of Huntsman? Was the sarcasm too subtle for you that Stewart thinks the joke is Republicans won't elect someone who agrees with that crazy idea of evolution?

As an independent who leans heavily to the conservative side on fiscal issues this hate to Huntsman proves to me that the Republican nominee is going a loser in the general election and it is going to be your fault when Obama wins again.

I can't support Perry because, no matter how he phrases it, not acknowledging evolution shows me there is something missing. Creationism…really? Although he applied low taxes and a consistent regulatory environment in Texas, which are absolutely correct policies, they are very basic ideas shared by every republican candidate in past and present. Being governor of a state in an optimal strategic location for business and with the greatest access to cheap labor have perhaps a little bit to do with the state's success. South Carolina has the same low tax, low regulation environment as Texas but did not see that type of growth for because it doesn’t have the same strategic location as Texas. Also, I'll never move my family to Texas because I want my future children to be able to read by the 10th grade (exaggeration but you get my point).

Perry also lacks foreign policy and private sector experience. Supporting Gore, really?

As for Romney, his private sector experience is great but being governor of a state that was 47th in job creation is not going to be that hard of argument for Democrats. Being a successful CEO is great, and makes him as qualified as every other successful CEO. Except, every other successful CEO doesn't have the pleasure of saying they failed as a governor by conservative standards.

Successful private sector experience is wonderful and needed but not enough. Romneycare. Flip-flopper. 47th in job creation. East Coast Elite. Limited to no foreign policy experience. Romneycare. You’re making it too way too easy for Democrats.

Huntsman was an extremely successful conservative governor, has private sector experience, and has the best foreign policy experience in the field.

If this sound harsh, good. Children need to be spoken to like children. If you don't realize that if the primaries produce a candidate too far right that big chunk in the middle is left up for grabs. Don't believe me? We'll talk again at the end of 2012 after Obama is sworn in for 4 more years and you are the reason I'm going to have to move to Canada because that's going to be the only place producing jobs.

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