The White House is trying to kill off Jon Huntsman's presidential ambitions by heaping tons and tons of praise upon him. The administration is clearly trying to get people on the right to think that Huntsman is an Obama minion in Republican clothing.
The Hill:The White House is showing no signs of letting up on its campaign for Ambassador Jon Huntsman’s presidential prospects - if anything, it’s in pile-on mode.
Chief of Staff Bill Daley on Sunday heaped praise on Huntsman (R), Obama’s ambassador to China who is resigning his post and is said to be mulling a challenge to his boss for the presidency.
“He’s done an excellent job on behalf of the Obama administration,” Daley said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he was barely able to suppress a smile as he spoke.
Then Daley went into overdrive. “[Huntsman’s] support of the Obama administration, his support of the president, the things he did on behalf of the administration, and the closeness in which he worked with the president is most appreciated. And I’m sure he’ll talk about that in the Republican primary.”[...]
The White House has engaged in a concerted effort to play up Huntsman’s ties to the administration, which many political observers believe would doom him with the conservative Republican base.
If the White House was half as politically astute as they pretend to be, they would realize what a needless exercise this is. Huntsman is clearly an establishment candidate and establishment candidates are as out of vogue with the base just like the phrase "Hope and Change".
Whatever appeal Huntsman may have, you can easily find those qualities in the prototype Mitt Romney.
If the administration really wants to sink Huntsman, then fine it will be one less establishment candidate the base has to worry about.
I am a black conservative from a black conservative family. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and finally settled in New Jersey. Throughout my life I knew I did not share many of the common beliefs of other American blacks.
For starters, I never took to the term African-American. I have meet too many real Africans who are now Americans, to ever with a straight face say we share something in common other than skin tones. Their history and culture is truly a unique and is a completely different experience from my own. My culture is distinctly American, from the way I speak, think, dress and act and you know what else? I love it! So for me, I will always be an American who just happens to be black.
I put myself and my beliefs out here in cyberspace, to show my fellow blacks that there is something more. That one need not accept the false promise of the next social program, the belief in government as savior or the next Democratic candidate will right all wrongs. That true Hope and Change comes from belief in yourself, in a nation that allows dynamic movement if you are bold enough, smart enough and brave enough to make it happen.