Analyzing Jon Huntsman’s appearance on ABC’s This Week

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Alyssa Rosenberg cheers Huntsman’s sojourn into sanity – as brave act of political suicide:

As a rising generation of young evangelicals is less compelled by calls to discriminate against gay people but potentially remains fiscally conservative, Huntsman might be a plausible candidate several cycles down the line. But if he continues in this loose, improvisational vein, Huntsman might be giving up that opportunity in favor of demonstrating the ridiculousness of our political conventions now.

Fallows and Drum, by contrast, see the tweet that launched a 2016 campaign. Jim:

Good to see this “what the hell, I might as well keep my dignity” spirit taking hold on Team Huntsman! I hope it will still prevail the next time he’s asked to raise his hand, along with everyone else in the race, and promise to reject a budget deal skewed 10-to-1 in favor of spending cuts rather than revenue increases. He could be the one who stands alone and says: “I believe in a balanced approach, just like Ronald Reagan did. Call me crazy.”

The Dish is onboard. A reader sets the stage:

If you believe that Huntsman’s real goal has always been 2016, his strategy makes perfect sense. He goes down to noble defeat in this round, the GOP nominates someone who is either bat shit insane (Bachmann, Perry) or an outrageous panderer (Romney) who leads the party to defeat. Who comes out of the debacle looking good? Huntsman. By 2016 the Tea Party fires have burned out and the GOP is ready for that sane guy they should have chosen last time around.

Like Andrew Sullivan, that’s been my hope for Huntsman from the get-go. He’s the Obama of the right. And there’s a real opening for him as the pro-science Republican.

Today’s interview was fantastic. And long overdue.

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