Y’know, it’s looking to me like Jon Huntsman is actually taking the first steps of his outside-the-box 2016 campaign. He’s getting a ton of positive free publicity from the Media Village Idiots right now, all about his manly centrist “generosity” and “vibrant spirit” and (most important) “Oval-Office-quality good looks & charm”. Of course (as the handicappers all acknowledge, with some mixture of glee & regret), he’s not going to be the 2012 Republican candidate, because the Teahadists and the Talibangelicals have veto power this time around, and those Heartlanders(tm) aren’t giving their spittle-flecked electoral lurve to no Obama-serving Darwin-trusting Mormon-Satanist. And barring catastrophe, whichever unfortunate does get the GOP tiara in Tampa is going to get stomped by President Obama’s re-election campaign. So… we’re all looking, gods save us, at 18 long months of internicine electoral warfare, where all the Repub contenders try to bloody each other up, giving special attention to Willard Romney as the presumptive “It’s His Turn” front-runner.
By the time the 2016 presidential race officially starts (mid-November 2012), the conventional wisdom will be — regardless of Obama’s successes, up to & including personally discovering a cure for all cancers and hitting the crucial homer in the Chicago Cubs’ 2015 World Series triumph — that everyone’s tired of having the Donkey Party in change. All the Media Villagers will be looking around for a cute, well-spoken Republican who doesn’t scare the low-information voters, while the Repub traditionalists go back to their recycling closet to see who’s done enough time-in-combat. And there they will find: Jon Huntsman. Still Mormon, nominally, but the nastiest attacks will’ve been used up on Mitt already, and Huntsman doesn’t have Romney’s
soulless psychopath Uncanny-Valley affect…
Apart from airy speculation, and tonight’s WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED book chat (8pm EDT), what’s on everybody’s agenda for the evening?