One of the problems being a moderate right now is that the Republican party has gone so far to the crazy right that it is hard to find any balance in politics. So it is absolutely wonderful to see a candidate like Jon Huntsman, who is something I didn’t think I would see in the current presidential election: A Sane Republican. At a time when other candidates are falling over each other to double down on craziness, Huntsman is doubling down on sanity.
To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.
Ten minutes later, most Republicans would be trying desperately to explain what they really meant to say. So who could have guessed that Huntsman would follow up by saying something like this on national TV:
The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party – the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012. When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Science – Sciences has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position.
This gives me hope for the Republican party. Hopefully, the current race to the extreme right will eventually burn itself out (and even more hopefully take Fox News with it) and when that happens, Huntsman, or a candidate like him, will be there to be an actual alternative to the Democrats.
Already, some of the pundits are guessing that Huntsman is only running this time as a warmup for the real event, in 2016. Other pundits are being more generous, crediting Huntsman of playing a much-needed role in our current nutso politics — the truth teller.
But still other pundits worry that Huntsman, while saying things that are brave by Republican presidential candidate standards (note that these standards are pretty low, consisting mainly of praising Saint Ronnie and damning Obama), are still fairly safe things to say, since they are things that most of the media (with the exception of Fox News) generally agree with. So Huntsman’s statements tend to get plenty of media attention, while other bold statements, like Ron Paul calling for the end of the failed “War on Drugs”, are pretty much ignored by the media.
So is what Huntsman is saying brave, or merely canny? You know, I don’t really care. I’m just happy that there are actual candidates out there willing to help bring the Republicans back from the brink of insanity.