The strange thing about Jon Huntsman is that he’s seen as the uber-moderate candidate in the race, when one can actually make a decent argument that he’s more conservative than both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, at least on some issues. Unfortunately, he just comes off as so cheerless and smug that it’s hard to look past the surface. And blatant swipes at the conservative base like this don’t help.
Huntsman’s daughters, on the other hand, actually seem to be doing something right on the campaign trail. They’ve been putting out video parodies that playfully mock the other candidates – and make their dad seem like less of an uptight, cartoon moderate in the process. The latest is this takeoff of Justin Timberlake’s song “SexyBack”:
The Huntsman campaign was reportedly just shocked when the video was released, since Huntsman has always tried to project an image of maturity and seriousness:
“The video was produced without authorization,” said a longtime Republican close to the campaign. “The girls were asked by a number of campaign officials to not release the video. The campaign was not informed of the release of the video. The video does not have a disclaimer and is not a campaign product.”
Right, right. Whether or not that’s true, this is one of the best things to happen to Huntsman’s image. A father who can’t control his unruly and headstrong daughters? It’s so…human. And if they end up attacking some other candidates in the process? Well, it all comes off as good-natured fun. Which, by the way, is a complete contrast to how Huntsman comes off whenever he takes a sanctimonious swipe at one of his opponents. Forget attack dogs on the campaign trail – the Huntsman campaign has the right idea here.