Judging from this Huntsman might run in ’12 piece, Tina Brown’s New Year’s resolution must have been to amp up the speculative, contrarian Villager bait at Newsweek. It’s hard to improve on James Fallows’ reasons why being the sitting Chinese ambassador is a less-than-ideal platform for launching a run for President, but I’ll add that Huntsman’s decision to get out of the country is looking smarter every day.
Not only does he avoid the Tea Party fail parade that would have him taking positions on bullshit like reading the constitution before every baseball game or cub scout meeting, but he’s also going to avoid the mudfight in a minefield that the ’12 race will become due to Sarah Palin’s involvement. Every Republican running in 2012 is probably going to get a little dirty from Palin’s non-stop resentment show, and there’s always the possibility of a career-damaging gaffe while responding to one of the smears that she’ll issue from behind the walls of her Villager-resistant social media fortress.
This is not to mention the simple fact that Huntsman cannot win the 2012 primary, if he’s serious about this:
Shortly after Obama was swept into office in a tidal wave of Democratic victories, the popular governor began articulating a new national vision for the GOP, one designed to appeal to all time zones. Warning that the party was losing young voters, he argued that Republicans would need to tack to the middle on three hot-button issues if they were to maintain national relevance: immigration, gay rights, and the environment.
A hell of a lot of Tea Partiers are going to have to die off before that message achieves any kind of acceptance in today’s Republican Party.