Michael Crowley doesn’t think so:
Huntsman is sort of the Granite State version of Rick Santorum, right? He’s been camped out in the state for months, hitting its smallest hamlets and indulging even the tiniest of crowds. His profile–in this case semi-moderate and dogma-bucking–hits the state’s traditional sweet spot. And he’s the only candidate who still hasn’t surged! If past is prologue in this race, he’s about to take off and change the shape of the race one more time. Or not. It’s hard to conceive of the voter who doesn’t already support the former Utah governor and Ambassador to China but may yet wind up voting for him.
Part of Huntsman’s problem, Lois Romano’s reports is that Huntsman is
“…plenty conservative, but his unwillingness to give the base red meat and his penchant for relying on logic and common sense doomed him from the start. Also, his rollout was horrible,” says Democratic operative Rodell Mollineau, president of American Bridge to the 21st Century.
GOP strategist Keith Appell puts it more bluntly: “Clueless is as clueless does. ‘Hey, everybody, I’m running to be your nominee, and my biggest qualification is that I worked in the Obama administration and even supported some of his failed and pathetic policies. Who’s with me? And just for kicks and giggles, I think Obama’s right about global warming, China is our friend, and I can tell really flat and dumb jokes.’”