Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

And then there were five

Written By: Bob - Jan• 16•12

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.

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  1. Neo says:

    Jon Huntsman had his moment. It was, unfortunately for his presidential bid, the late winter of 2009.

    Then the Republican Party faced a choice: Did Obama’s election raise real questions about the party’s future and identity, as Governor Huntsman told any reporter who would dial the 801 area code from Washington? Or was it, as figures like Haley Barbour argued, merely a moment that would pass? Then Huntsman contemplated an alternate future for Republican Party. They would be modernizers and reformers, less hostile to the role of an activist government that had been vindicated in Obama’s election, and finally untethered from the fantasy of a pure Constitutionalist past worshipped by fringe figures like Rep. Ron Paul.

    “It’s just a matter of enduring the early days of transformation – it’s never going to be pretty and it’s never going to be fun to watch it play out beyond a pure entertainment level,” Huntsman told us back then.

    I guess Huntsman forgot that reading TIME isn’t how you get the pulse of the Republican Party.