It’s official. Jon Huntsman’s long-shot campaign for the GOP Presidential nomination is over, and his support is expected to be tossed to his fellow Mormon moderate, Mitt Romney. This narrows down the field of “not Romney” candidates to Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry (Ron Paul is not serious candidate -the Vermin Supreme of the GOP field – and does not count. Sorry).
Traditionally, governors tend to fare far better as candidates (and Presidents) than Congressmen and Senators. You would think that with former governor Huntsman dropping out that this would narrow down into a race between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, but thanks to a series of unforced gaffes by the Texas governor his campaign is on life support. Barring a minor miracle in tonight’s SC debate and the coming primary, Perry is likely to finish last and drop out of the race.
We’re apparently soon to be down to choosing between Gingrich and Santorum as the “not Romneys.” One has no morals, the other seemingly can’t wait to impose his on everyone else. All three are big gov’t candidates, with Perry the last small government champion standing.
I’ll back the winner of a Romney/Gingrich/Santorum shootout as the “least worst” candidate against Barack Obama if that is what our choice turns out to be, but I wont be happy about it.