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Krauthammer: ‘Huntsman is a liberal’s idea of what a Republican ought to be’

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Jeff Poor
Media Reporter

He may be only hovering around 1 percent in the latest Gallup poll, but former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and emerged as something of a media darling in this election cycle.

But on Thursday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer explained that 1 percent Huntsman is getting from “Republicans and Republican-leaning independents” isn’t going to cut it.

“It’s an axiom that the mainstream media is liberal,” Krauthammer said. “Huntsman is a liberal’s idea of what a Republican ought to be. He is a moderate in the race. He is at 1 percent. I suspect anyone at 1 percent argues that numbers don’t matter, but of course they do. He will have to emerge or not be around.”

Krauthammer admitted he was impressed with Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s candidacy, which has managed to hit the vulnerabilities of the Mitt Romney campaign.

“I think what is interesting about the Perry angle is that he is exposing what was always the fundamental weakness of the Romney campaign,” he continued. “He doesn’t excite the base and he has this insoluble problem with healthcare. Up until now no one pushed on that button. Perry is doing it. Romney doesn’t have to come out swinging and attacking. He is not good at that. When he tried it in 2008 against McCain, it doesn’t work well. But he has to find a defense on RomneyCare or he will be pummeled by Perry on this incessantly. I think that is his key strategic requirement now.”

  • Anonymous

    I wish Huntsman would go home and soak his head in the Great Salt Lake.  It might draw out some of the toxic waste in his brain.

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  • Anonymous

    Huntsman, who?  Oh Mr. 1%….and why is he getting any media attention?  Just another liberal lap dog. 

  • a in pa

    OK. So this is my first post to the DC and from reading though the comments section, it’s clear that the DC’s readers are predominantly R’s. So, in response to Krauthammer (who by the way, 99% of the time I can’t stand but you have to give the guy credit… his last name is pretty bad ass) I would just like to say that a “liberal’s idea of a Republican” is a Moderate but in the old sense of moderates. Today’s Republican party has gone so far to the right that George W Bush seems like a moderate. I’ve had one of my Tea Party friends say this to me. I almost shat myself when he said this. If I voted Republican, I would endorse Ron Paul or Huntsman only because they seem to be the most consistent and stable of the candidates.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like the paid political operatives are working on their racist-eat-the-rich-hate-whitey theme.  Since the unctuous hope and change has now turned into hope you’ve got some change after Obama gets through with you they seemed to have lost all sense of self-control and are going for the jugular almost a year before the election.

    Doesn’t that tell us something?  These people are going to go postal in this next election cycle.  Gluing the doors shut at the free choice school should tell you how desperate (and childish) they are going to be

    Perry drives them completely whacko.  Makes me like him already.

    And he has nice hair.  

  • lucifer666

    Perry is siding with hate and that tells me he is no good.