Monday, April 23, 2012

Jon Huntsman: It's My Party and I'll Publicly Denounce It If I Want To

    This morning, Morgen Richmond at HotAir (via Buzzfeed) wrote about novelty GOP candidate Jon Huntsman's recent remarks regarding the Republican party of which he is obstensibly still a member:
[F]ormer presidential candidate Jon Huntsman reminds us why he received the most favorable coverage from the media, and yet consistently polled at or near the bottom of the heap before dropping out of the GOP race. 
Huntsman, the former Utah governor and once President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to China, expressed disappointment that the Republican Party disinvited him from a Florida fundraiser in March after he publicly called for a third party.
“This is what they do in China on party matters if you talk off script,” he said.

Just in case it's not blindingly obvious, Huntsman is complaining about being kicked off the dais at a Republican fund raiser because he publicly called for a Republican alternative in the political arena.  Wouldn't you have loved to have Huntsman on your high school basketball team?  He'd have been a real hoot at pep rallies.
    Although the humor value of his statement is fairly high, let's remember this man was not only a GOP candidate in this election cycle, but was the ambassador to Communist China for two-plus years.  Personally, I'm a big fan of hyperbole, but Huntsman takes the cake.  I suppose we can just be grateful he didn't make the Godwin's Law leap and use a Nazi comparison.  But the reality is, if you're a Republican in the USA and you call for a third party, the GOP cancels your dinner invite.  In China, if you call for a second party, the Party cancels you.

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