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Huntsman Will Not Impress GOP Voters

GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, who entered the race earlier this week, criticized President Obama “not from the right, but from the left,” according to National Journal’s Ron Fournier. “I think there is room to draw down more,” Huntsman told ABC.  His view is not surprising, given this story in Politico, which states Huntsman’s foreign policy advisers include former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Richard Haass, the chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Governor Huntsman is a strange case. I have heard from political reporters and friends of mine who are Democratic, praising him to the skies. So are hyper-partisan, liberal columnists like E.J. Dionne. On the other hand, I haven’t heard from a single Republican or conservative who is an enthusiastic Hunstman supporter. (Having as his chief strategist John Weaver, who became deeply alienated from the GOP in the aftermath of the unsuccessful McCain campaign in 2000, most likely is not terribly reassuring.)

And now, on Afghanistan, Huntsman seems to be competing with Ron Paul to see who can flee on a quicker time schedule.

None of this means Huntsman was not an impressive governor or is an impressive man. But I’ll stick with my prediction from the spring: Jon Huntsman will continue to impress pundits and reporters. But he won’t impress GOP primary voters. And he won’t have a significant impact on the GOP race.