Sunday, January 15, 2012

Huntsman quits.

Jon Huntsman is ending his presidential campaign and endorsing Mitt Romney.

So now the question is: will he be Romney's running mate? I have a hard time seeing who else could be a good one. (Several of the contenders who are most often mentioned don't have enough experience to be president: Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Nikki Haley.)

I'd be happy to see Huntsman as the running mate. He has struck me in the debates as a thoroughly accomplished, knowledgeable, and decent human being.

Unfortunately for Huntsman, he has spent the past year demonstrating that his campaigning skills are mediocre at best. So it seems unlikely that Romney would choose him.

Romney is such a clear communicator that it's hard not to grasp the point he's making, whether you agree or disagree with it. Huntsman is the opposite: even if you try to pay attention to him, you're often left wondering what his point was.

Huntsman might be better suited to Secretary of State.


Jason (the commenter) said...

That actor had him dead to rights!

Jeff Boulier said...

No chance. Huntsman offers nothing to a Romney candidacy; I suppose that he might be perceived as balancing Santorum or Gingrich but I would still rank his chances at approximately zero.

Maybe Bobby Jindal? Seems much more likely than the others you mention. Twice elected congressman, twice as governor of Louisiana (though his second term starts this month), and generally well-liked by conservatives.

John Althouse Cohen said...

Jindal has been campaigning for Perry.

Also, his big moment on the national stage (his response to the 2009 State of the Union address) was widely panned.

Jeff Boulier said...

On the other hand, Bill Clinton's big moment on the national stage -- a speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1988, was also widely panned. See this youtube clip for an example. Way over his time limit, and tedious to boot.