By the Left Coast Rebel
...like, say, during the time when Richard M. Nixon was president. Like, perhaps when there was no such thing as a center-right new media to highlight a GOP candidate's record (in other words "vetting"). Like, perhaps, when this nation did not desperately need a tough, disciplined fiscal-conservative class-warrior to save us from the brink of fiscal collapse.
This is Huntsman's candidacy declaration speech from yesterday.
Yawn along with me:
The video above has an earth-shattering 158 views at this point...so, what gives with the media's focus on this boring, liberal, non-starter candidate?
Joshua Green at The Atlantic:
I wasn't at Huntsman's announcement speech in New Jersey this morning, but word on the ground is that, as in New Hampshire, there were still more members of the media present than actual voters. Needless to say, this is a problem he'll have to overcome in pretty short order if he wants to get any traction. And it's not as if there's some great mass of Huntsman couch potatoes sitting at home watching his motorcycle videos. The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll put Huntsman dead last among 10 candidates.
And, how weird is it that top statist-progressives are touting this guy as well? For instance, Dingy Reid:
Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ventured into the 2012 presidential waiting game Tuesday, offering up his pick for the Republican presidential nomination."If I had a choice, I would favor Huntsman over Romney," Reid told reporters after a meeting on Capitol Hill. "But I don't have a choice in that race."