Perhaps multiple reasons are to blame for the uncertainty of the GOP today and the likely forced marriage that will prevail. But, in the end, this is our system, which is still the greatest in the world. It isn't perfect and will continue to evolve as it has since the founding of our country.
Huntsman's departure from the race is a viscerally painful moment in American politics. He was the last connection to the Jack Kemp brand of open-minded, optimistic, rational conservatism. Were the term not so obviously tainted, I'd call it "compassionate conservatism."
On Tuesday, over 56 percent of voters in the New Hampshire Republican primary election cast a vote for a Mormon.
In a Romney or Newt/Obama debate the president would only have to stand there without uttering a word to be labeled liberal in comparison, but a Huntsman/Obama debate would force the president to separate himself by going left in a way that would otherwise be politically dangerous.
There is a reason Huntsman hasn't yet experienced the surge enjoyed by his counterparts -- he's not seen as conservative enough by the Republican establishment. But in the primary game of musical chairs where anyone can surge, and, indeed, literally everyone has, it's officially become his turn.
I have been tracking the political activities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) for the past three years, ever since ...
A pro-life, pro-second-amendment fiscal conservative with a strong record in foreign policy and in the private sector, Huntsman is surely the candidate that Republicans have been looking for yet don't seem to want to find.
Maybe dear Jon is just what Newt needs to temper his mercurial nature, and offer the stability necessary to compete against President Obama.
Jon Huntsman has remained a wallflower. The man without an expense account at Tiffany's or extramarital skeletons in his closet can't get any love. Maybe that's why he tried flirting with the Tea Party crowd this week.
It may not seem like it now but Romney will lose in Iowa and Huntsman will win in New Hampshire, eventually becoming the Republican nominee for president.
Why, after all this time, is Huntsman suddenly making real headway, and could he actually win somewhere?
One SNL appearance is not enough alone to help Huntsman's numbers. But it does have the ability to get people talking.
Huntsman's smart, witty and squeaky-clean, and with his impeccable bi-partisan credentials, diplomatic and foreign policy expertise, and moderate positions he just may be the prom queen voters want to send up against President Obama next November.
What is the Republican Party to do with the cast of characters running for president?
On paper, Jon Huntsman seems like one of the most viable candidates to win the Republican presidential nomination. So why is he being slaughtered in the polls by the inexperienced Herman Cain?
From Meghan Mccain to the Huntsman sisters, this generation's edgier, funnier, and savvier daughters are rebelling against the formality of the typical White House campaign.