Balanced mr. huntsman

23 Aug

If you are a so-called moderate republican, one of your problems right now is the Republican party has gone so far to the crazy right that it is hard to find any balance in politics.

It’s hard to find a candidate to support when most of them are bat-shit crazy or left of Attila the Hun.

It’s nice to see someone act sane and bring some balance to the game.

Jon Huntsman, is someone we didn’t think we would see in the current presidential election.

A Sane Republican.
Talk about an endangered species.

There doesn’t seem to be a market for such a person.

At a time when other candidates are falling over each other to double down on craziness, Huntsman is doubling down on sanity.

Huntsman started with this tweet:

“To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”

You have to love it.

Ten minutes later, most Republicans would be trying desperately to explain what they really meant to say.

So who could have guessed that Huntsman would follow-up by saying something like this on national TV:

“The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party – the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012.

When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Science – Sciences has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position.”

This should give a few of you hope for the Republican party.

We suspect the race to the extreme right will eventually burn itself out, and wouldn’t it be nice if it took Fox news with it.

When this miracle comes to pass, Huntsman, or a candidate like him, will be there to be an actual alternative to the Democrats.

Like him or not, he brings balance to a presidential race that is sorely needed.

Some political watchers are speculating Huntsman is only running this time as a warmup for the real event, in 2016.

Others are being more generous, crediting Huntsman of playing a much-needed role in our current nutso politics — the truth teller.

But there’s always another side.
Some worry that Huntsman, while saying things that are brave by Republican presidential candidate standards, are still fairly safe things to say, since they are things that most of the media generally agree with.

So Huntsman’s statements tend to get plenty of media attention, while other bold statements, like Ron Paul calling for the end of the failed “War on Drugs”, are pretty much ignored by the press.

So is what Huntsman saying brave, or merely canny?

Who knows – just be happy that there are actual candidates out there willing to help bring the Republicans back from the brink of insanity.

Caricature by DonkeyHotey

2 Responses to “Balanced mr. huntsman”

  1. donkeyhotey February 11, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    I noticed that you used this image without the proper photo credit according to the CC license. Please add this to your post. Caricature of Jon Huntsman Jr. by DonkeyHotey and link to this page.

    • Honolulu Notes February 11, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

      We’d be glad to and our apologies for letting this get by us.
      We also offer to remove it if you want.

      Honolulu Notes

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