Huntsman Begins Run for 2016 – Romney Wins 2012 Republican Nomination
Jon Huntsman will officially announce on Monday that he is dropping out of the race for the 2012 Republican nomination for President and immediately beginning his run for the 2016 nomination. Word from those “in the know” of his campaign suggest that he will probably not phrase it quite like that tomorrow, instead opting for the usual boring “doing it for the good of the party” speech. But we all can read the writing on the bathroom wall, folks. Do you really think we aren’t paying attention? Jon Huntsman – 2016!!
In any case, Huntsman is pretty much in a bind. He surprised everyone by taking Show (as in Win, Place and Show) in the New Hampshire primary, falling a mere 2 light years short of Romney’s first place total and a couple of clicks behind the chief “Not-Romney-of-the-Week” Ron Paul (standing in for his son, Rand Paul). Notwithstanding this spectacular finish after spending only most of his life there the last few months, Huntsman faces the usual problem for thoughtful, honest candidates – no one wants to give him money to continue. So Huntsman is showing how smart he is by leaving while sane people think highly of him, thus leaving a positive memory for when he officially starts running for the 2016 nomination. Of course his unofficial 2016 candidacy starts today, but he does have to make a show of supporting his current party until it is safe to disappear (which should be less than a week). After that he’ll likely spend his time building his network.
So all of this means that Romney will win the South Carolina primary, something that he would have done anyway given that even South Carolina won’t vote for Perry, Santorum or Gingrich enough to jeopardize their “always vote for the nominee” pride day. And then Romney will win Florida. And then no one will care whether the other states even bother to vote since Romney will already be pivoting to try to make everything he has said to cater to the extremist tea party disappear from the collective memories of independents and other not crazy people.
From his speech, January 16, 2012: “This race has degenerated into an onslaught of negative and personal attacks not worthy of the American people.”
And of course, that is from Republicans since he’s talking about the Republican primary race.
Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night! *
* All About Eve (1950) starring Bette Davis
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