Jon Huntsman, Jr., is a former governor of Utah (2005-2009) and an establishment-type Republican who had served in the administrations of the two Bushes. A Mormon, Huntsman is the the great-great-great-grandson of early LDS Church leader Parley P. Pratt, the son of billionaire businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman of the Huntsman Corporation, and third cousin, once-removed, of RINO Mitt Romney.
I’ve been keeping an eye on Huntsman ever since Obama appointed him — a Republican — to be ambassador to China. Even then, there were whispers that 51-year-old Huntsman has presidential aspirations.
When Obama named him ambassador, Huntsman accepted and quit his governorship. In early February 2011, after just 1½ years as US Ambassador to China, Huntsman tendered a letter of resignation with a two-months notice. On April 30, he returned to the United States. On June 21, 2011, with the Statue of Liberty as a theatrical backdrop, he formally announced his intention to seek the Republican presidential nomination for 2012.
Huntsman is described as “a Republican, with conservative fiscal credentials and a mixture of positions on social issues….a conservative technocrat-optimist with moderate positions who was willing to work substantively with President Barack Obama.” He’s a warmist (a believer in Manmade Global Warming) who, as Utah governor, signed the Western Climate Initiative by which Utah joined with other governments in agreeing to pursue targets for reduced production of greenhouse gases.
My suspicions were confirmed when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, endorsed Huntsman, saying he prefers Jon Huntsman to Mitt Romney. Referring to the GOP presidential primaries, Reid said, “If I had a choice in that race, I’d choose Huntsman over Romney.”
The admiration apparently is mutual. Not only did Huntsman appoint Reid’s son, Josh, to Utah’s Board of Regents, Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun reports on June 22, 2011, that many members of the Huntsman family have long been Reid supporters. In the Nevada Senate race last November, Huntsman’s parents and other members of the family supported Reid’s reëlection, although Huntsman himself has never given directly to Reid’s Senate campaigns.
Now, in an exclusive-to-subscribers report, investigative reporter Wayne Madsen claims that “some Democrats” intend to support Huntsman in 2012!
Here are excerpts from the Wayne Madsen Report of July 7, 2011:
Democratic Party sources who see President Obama championing cuts in social safety safety net programs instituted by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, are quietly talking about supporting the GOP presidential candidacy of former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Obama’s ambassador to China. With no Democrat willing to launch a primary challenge to Obama, some Democratic strategists are hoping that with a crowded GOP field of far-right candidates like Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and others, Huntsman could garner enough moderate Republicans, independents, and primary cross-over disaffected Democrats to win key primary states.
The Democratic strategists believe that a Huntsman presidency would give the Democratic Party four years to purge Obama’s ex-Democratic Leadership Council loyalists from the party in time to prepare for the 2016 election.
Bill Clinton recently gave a public endorsement of Huntsman and another former Republican Governor, Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, citing their moderate stances. Clinton said, “Y’know, I like the governors: I like Huntsman and Romney.” However…Clinton is not part of the core internal Democratic Party grouping that seeks to back Huntsman at Obama’s expense.
Democratic rebels see Huntsman as more progressive than Obama on environmental issues and U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya.
A Democratic Party source told WMR, “Obama is destroying the Democratic Party and Huntsman may be the only way we can run the Obama people out of the party and rebuild from what has been the greatest disaster since Jimmy Carter’s debacle as president.” The source added, “while Carter was well-intentioned but surrounded by incompetents, Obama is out to gut the Democratic Party of its core principles.”
[…] A Huntsman administration, in the eyes of the rebel Democrats, would likely be marked by a number of moderate Republicans, independents, and Democrats who might be in a better position to safeguard Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, pension guarantees, and other social safety net programs, in addition to cutting the bloated defense budget. The insurgent Democrats would then use Obama’s loss to “clean house” and ensure that the 2016 Democratic candidate was in step with traditional Democratic Party values.
[…] some unions have signed on to the strategy of supporting Huntsman [….]