20
Nov
We were honest about our concerns about Huntsman. I think Huntsman would have been a very tough candidate.
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Jim Messina, Obama campaign manager 

Hint: Jon Huntsman is your man for 2016, Republicans. Or you can lose again with Sarah Palin.

08
Jan
Jon Huntsman at a packed Town Hall meeting in Keene, New Hampshire

Jon Huntsman at a packed Town Hall meeting in Keene, New Hampshire

03
Jan
Damn, it’s close

Damn, it’s close

19
Dec

Martin Amis Goes on the GOP Campaign Trail

The narrative on the absent Jon Huntsman is “absent.” So apart from the two likely finalists, chameleonic Romney and avaricious Gingrich, we were left with Rick Santorum (“work in progress”), Ron Paul (“shame he’s so elderly”), the gorgeous corpse of Rick Perry (“can only count up to two”), and the equally decorative, and equally discredited, Michele Bachmann (“very creepy husband”).

25
Nov

Settling old scores: Romney-Huntsman clash at GOP debate was more than just politics

21
Nov

George Will: Newt Gingrich is a 'rental politician, not a historian'

20
Nov

Jon Huntsman talks New Hampshire on 'Saturday Night Live'

Only a few months ago, I was polling at ‘margin of error’ so to have any digit at all is a pretty big deal.

- Jon Huntsman on SNL

19
Nov

Latest Republican Debate on Religion and Social Issues is Fucking Hilarious

The candidates all sit around a mock Thanksgiving table and get all weepy and teary-eyed talking about Jesus. The “family forum” opens with an I-can’t-believe-this-is-real-where-did-our-country-go-so-horribly-wrong music video about how we need Jesus more than ever.

It should be noted that the two most sensible (or least insane, depending on how you view it) candidates were not there: Romney and Huntsman. 

12
Oct

Jon Huntsman Wants to Downsize Banks, Bring Back “The Spirit of Glass-Steagall”

“I want to return to the spirit of Glass Steagall,” Huntsman said after tonight’s debate. “You’ve got to look at, fundamentally look at, downsizing some of our banks, looking at some sort of a cap requirement on the size of things. When you have financial institutions of which there are six and any one of them collapsing could cause such dire reverberations in the global economy that it could be catastrophic, it becomes too big to fail.”

“Not Glass-Steagall from the 1930s but something in the spirit of Glass-Steagall, something that would ultimately right-size banks,” he added.

Source

I have been praising, much to the consternation of some, Jon Huntsman for months now. The above remark, apparently made privately after the debate, is remarkable. Re-instituting Glass-Steagall is perhaps the biggest concrete demand from the Occupy Wall Street protestors. 

Jon Huntsman would be a superb nominee. If only…

11
Oct
[Occupy Wall Street] is not socialism. It’s pointing out how capitalism, unchecked by government, can kill itself. But if this issue is left unresolved or defended in the brain-dead fashion of many in the GOP, it will soon become so. And that’s why I remain bullish about Obama despite the collapse of confidence after the debt ceiling fiasco and the Grand Bargain failure. His substantive position - that the very wealthy should play their part in tackling the debt, which means more revenues - is overwhemingly popular. If the election is between holding those people accountable or letting them off scott-free, Obama wins.
- Andrew Sullivan
03
Oct
As demonstrated here, Herman Cain is yet another Republican candidate who uses catchy phrases and vague terminology to mask the fact that he’s raising taxes on working families and lowering taxes on the rich. 

As demonstrated here, Herman Cain is yet another Republican candidate who uses catchy phrases and vague terminology to mask the fact that he’s raising taxes on working families and lowering taxes on the rich. 

03
Oct

Libertarian/Tea Party Billionaire Koch Brothers Cheated, Bribed, and Illegally Made Millions from Iran

Excerpts from a majestic expose, courtesy of Bloomberg:

In May 2008, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies, sent Ludmila Egorova-Farines, its newly hired compliance officer and ethics manager, to investigate the management of a subsidiary in Arles in southern France. In less than a week, she discovered that the company had paid bribes to win contracts.

“I uncovered the practices within a few days,” Egorova- Farines says. “They were not hidden at all.”

She immediately notified her supervisors in the U.S. A week later, Wichita, Kansas-based Koch Industries dispatched an investigative team to look into her findings, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its November issue.

By September of that year, the researchers had found evidence of improper payments to secure contracts in six countries dating back to 2002, authorized by the business director of the company’s Koch-Glitsch affiliate in France.

“Those activities constitute violations of criminal law,” Koch Industries wrote in a Dec. 8, 2008, letter giving details of its findings. The letter was made public in a civil court ruling in France in September 2010; the document has never before been reported by the media.

Koch-Glitsch is part of a global empire run by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, who have taken a small oil company they inherited from their father, Fred, after his death in 1967, and built it into a chemical, textile, trading and refining conglomerate spanning more than 50 countries.

Koch Industries is obsessed with secrecy, to the point that it discloses only an approximation of its annual revenue — $100 billion a year — and says nothing about its profits.

Charles, 75, and David, 71, each worth about $20 billion, are prominent financial backers of groups that believe that excessive regulation is sapping the competitiveness of American business. They inherited their anti-government leanings from their father.

Fred was an early adviser to the founder of the anti- communist John Birch Society, which fought against the civil rights movement and the United Nations. Charles and David have supported the Tea Party, a loosely organized group that aims to shrink the size of government and cut federal spending.

These are long-standing tenets for the Kochs. In 1980, David Koch ran for vice president on the Libertarian ticket, pledging to abolish Social Security, the Federal Reserve System, welfare, minimum wage laws and federal agencies — including the Department of Energy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency.

What many people don’t know is how the Kochs’ anti- regulation political ideology has influenced the way they conduct business.

A Bloomberg Markets investigation has found that Koch Industries — in addition to being involved in improper payments to win business in Africa, India and the Middle East — has sold millions of dollars of petrochemical equipment to Iran, a country the U.S. identifies as a sponsor of global terrorism.

28
Sep

A guy who has never held elective office and who got rich peddling bad pizza to gas stations is now the third most popular Republican candidate

14
Sep

"You’ve got Governor Romney who called [social security] a fraud in his book No Apology, I don’t know if that was written by Kurt Cobain or not…”

- Jon Huntsman 

Yes, that’s right. A Republican just made a fucking Kurt Cobain joke during a Presidential debate. Not a single person in the Tea Party crowd found it funny, but no matter. Jon Huntsman is the man.