In an interview Sunday night, former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman had some things to say about the current state of the Republican Party.
At his first presidential debate, he was struck by the question “Is this the best we could do?”
Apparently it was, since any deviation from party dogma was swiftly punished. When he said he believed in science, people “look at you quizzically as though you’re an oddball”.
He also mildly compared the GOP to the Chinese Communist Party. After he said some things the party didn’t like, he was disinvited from a Florida fundraiser in March. “That is what they do in China on party matters if you talk off script.”
He jokingly blamed his failed candidacy in part on his wife telling him that she would leave him if he abandoned his principles. “She said if you pandered, if you sign any of those damn pledges, I’ll leave you.”
Finally, he commented that Ronald Reagan would “likely not” be able to win the Republican nomination today, given the current political climate.
UPDATE: More commentary from the person who conducted the interview on Sunday night.