This week we get to merge our two favorite topics, The Beatles and Jon Huntsman. The Washington Examiner published an Op-Ed by Adam Silbert today entitled “Huntsman Could Be The Dark Horse.” Here’s a sample.
First, Huntsman has the most foreign policy expertise. He served as ambassador to Singapore and China (though he has drawn criticism from accepting the latter post in Obama’s administration).
Second, Huntsman may be the answer to his party’s concerns over its top two candidates. Like Gingrich, he is intelligent and can articulate policy — but without the sharp edges or past ethics issues which could boomerang against Gingrich in the general election.
Like Romney, Huntsman appeals to the political center — but without being bogged down with the perception of political expediency. Though this has not always benefited Huntsman; he has alienated party activists by resisting party orthodoxies in some of his positions.
Third, Huntsman was respected on both sides of the aisle when he was Utah’s governor, because he was “reasonable” and “effective.” His record as governor, wrote the Keene Sentinel in its endorsement, “proves that he is capable of working with political opposites” — a skill that will be “critical” for the next president “in a time of intractable political and ideological gridlock.”
This natural, broad appeal has not gone unnoticed by Obama’s team. Sr. Advisor David Plouffe once said the thought of facing Huntsman in 2012 made him “a wee bit queasy.”
We agree. In fact, we said so in March. But that’s not the point. The point is that Jon Huntsman has every opportunity to steal the New Hampshire Primary and ride a wave of momentum into the next few primaries. He could turn out to be the biggest Dark Horse candidate since Bill Clinton in 1992.
It also allows us to play George’s 1974 single, “Dark Horse” (lovingly dubbed “Dark Hoarse” by Beatles fans. Listen and find out why.)