Former Presidential candidate and U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, who has endorsed Mitt Romney for President, was brutally frank in his assessment of the GOP in an interview tonight with Jeff Greenfield.
Huntsman, whose campaign lived and died in the New Hampshire primary, started off by making it clear this would not be an ordinary interview by making it clear that he realized at the start of the campaign that he was in a field of political midgets:
"Recounting his first experience on the presidential debate stage in Iowa last August, Huntsman says he was struck by the question "Is this the best we could do?"
Huntsman went on to describe the way the GOP is run to 'communist China' and to claim (which I believe is right on the mark) that Ronald Reagan would not be able to win the GOP nomination in today's political climate. He stood by his not very enthusiastic endorsement of Mitt Romney but had a message for Mitt that he needs to find something to run on besides fear and articulate a positive message. The most amazing lines in this story are these:
"Huntsman jokingly blamed his failed candidacy in part on his wife, Mary Kaye, who told him she'd leave him if he abandoned his principles.
“She said if you pandered, if you sign any of those damn pledges, I’ll leave you,” Huntsman recounted.
"So I had to say I believe in science — and people on stage look at you quizzically as though you're was an oddball," Huntsman said, explaining why he was "toast" in Iowa."
Imagine that. If you're a Republican and admit you believe in science, then you are 'toast.'