UPDATED: Huntsman = Reagan???

In his scheduled speech at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, Huntsman is to remind voters that President Reagan launched his general election campaign in 1980 from the same spot, “in an earlier time of trouble and worry.”

-“Jon Huntsman to tie himself to Ronald Reagan in presidential kickoff,” Los Angeles Times, June 21, 2011

Sorry, Jon, but being Reaganesque is not about where you announce your candidacy.  It’s about core principles and the willingness to fight for them.  Or, to put it another way:

Statue of Liberty

is to

Stamp depicting fake Las Vegas replica of Statue of Liberty*


Ronald Reagan

is to

Jon Huntsman, Jr.*

*UPDATE: Another Las Vegas-related distinction between Reagan and Huntsman is that Reagan supported Republican candidates.  By contrast, Huntsman’s family gave $25,000 to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)  last year, and Huntsman himself, as Governor of Utah, appointed Reid’s son to the state’s Board of Regents.  It’s no surprise that Reid has expressed a preference for Huntsman for the Republican nomination.

  • Rush Limbaugh absolutely went ballistic yesterday over this so-called comparison. And in perfect Rush style, played the audios of the wimpy Huntsman speech to the fiery, in-your-face Jimmy Carter speech. You know, the one where he said “A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose your job. And recover is when Jimmy Carter loses his job!” And further comments railed against Carter PERSONALLY were also played from the same speech. There is absolutely no comparison between Huntsman and Reagan. In fact, I don’t think ANY Republican politician should even TRY to compare him/herself to the Gipper. It is not possible and smacks of pandering of the worst sort. Candidates should be themselves, not some mocked-up manakin.

  • Tim J

    Pete Wilson announced his candidacy at the same place and tried to tie his wagon to Reagan. And now… Who is Pete Wilson?

  • I knew Ronald Reagan.

    Jo(h)n Huntsman is no Ronald Reagan.

  • Steve Vaughan

    Seems to me that Huntsman’s problem is that he’s a “liberal” in Republican terms. He’s a Nelson Rockefeller, John Lindsey Republican — I’m basing that on some of his statements on social issues — and those types of Republicans really haven’t done all that well in recent years, outside the state of Maine.

    On the other hand, I’m not sure he’s really all that different ideology wise from Romney, who seems to be firming up his position as the Republican frontrunner, based on the polls.

    Which would indicate that the “Real Republicans,” “True Conservatives” or whatever else the “not RINOs” call themselves don’t represent a national majority even within the Republican Party.

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