He should never have put his hat the ring, at least this time around. Perhaps he should think about 2020.Maybe then he will be ready for prime time and learned that moderation is not the path to success in the GOP.
While no Republican who wins election as governor of Utah can accurately describe himself as a wholesale moderate, Huntsman has taken several high-profile positions out of step with his fellow Republicans. Those positions are not widely supported, and they will permit his opponents to label him as a moderate, a title that comes close to a cuss word in the minds of his fellow Republicans.
His rhetorical style doesn't help him either He once described himself in a 2009 interview with the Deseret News as a "moderating voice" - not helpful in a party that demands strong positions on the issues. That conciliatory tone might play well in a general election but never among a GOP primary electorate which demands that their party take an aggressive stand on the issues.
The GOP establishment has a long, dreary history of advancing so-called "moderate" candidates, while denouncing those with conservative principles and views. Jon Huntsman fits their idea of what a GOP candidate must look like -- a liberal in GOP clothing. In his 11th Commandment, my father declared that a Republican should never speak ill of another Republican. Having known and worked with my dad I know that he never meant that a Republican who seeks to curry favor with the media and the voters by discarding the principles and values should be beyond criticism from his fellow Republicans.
Governor Huntsman, Ronald Reagan was my father; I knew Ronald Reagan, and you are not even close to being anything like Ronald Reagan. By saying this, I know I may have violated my dad's 11th Commandment, but I'm sure he'll forgive me.