Jon Huntsman is getting into the presidential race. He’s moderate. He’s sensible. He’s smart, particularly about China. He’s a former Governor. These are all the qualities for someone to beat President Obama in the 2012 election. Yet these are all the qualities that won’t get him the nomination in today’s Republican party.
William F. Buckley Jr. stated that Republicans should nominate the most conservative who can get elected. But today’s Tea Party has a different view with their purity test. So it may be that Huntsman has little chance of being nominated.
He may however become part of the ticket. As with Bush 43, where Republicans thought he was incapable of governing but OK with having Cheney as a shadow president, Huntsman may be the the VP choice of some radical Tea Party candidate.