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Another Smokin’ Ad

After almost everyone made fun of Herman Cain’s campaign ad showing his chief of staff taking a long drag on a cigarette, I thought it couldn’t get any better.

But it did. Watch Jon Huntsman’s daughters’ parody ad, which simultaneously “shamelessly” promotes their father for president:

Why can’t this guy get any traction with the Republicans?



  1. Duckman wrote:

    I think he spelled it out in his interview with Colbert. He worked for Obama, which is a killer anymore. If I remember correctly he also supports global warming and evolution which are big no-no’s. Maybe he will get lucky and when Cain falls he will be next to raise up, he deserves it to say the least.

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 6:16 am | Permalink
  2. Scott wrote:

    He lacks the mandatory batshit-crazy gene.

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 8:53 am | Permalink
  3. Duckman wrote:

    It is a shame he hasnt got his break. In my mind this whole republican race should be a two man race between Hunts and Romney, they are the only two legit politicians anyway

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 9:47 am | Permalink
  4. starluna wrote:

    I love it.

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 11:01 am | Permalink
  5. Don wrote:

    Huntsman actually went beyond speaking to climate change and evolution. He said that the Repub party needs to be the party of science, not the party that disavows science (I’m seriously paraphrasing, here). In August, he said, “But I can’t remember a time in our history where we actually were willing to shun science and become a party that was antithetical to science. I’m not sure that’s good for our future and it’s not a winning formula.”

    This is, admittedly, an interesting perspective coming from the former governor of one of the states with a very strong local control movement over federal lands because the locals don’t believe those lands are being managed properly – in other words that the science that federal managers use is flawed and local “experts” can do better. It’s reassuring to note that Huntsman isn’t one of them.

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink
  6. Loray wrote:

    Aside from the fact that Huntsman is the ONLY Republican in the run-off who HASN’T revealed himself to be either an utter fool, a complete liar, marionette, overt panderer to his benefactors, possible alien life form, OR, at the very least, a vain-glorious windsock shifting with the breezes, Huntsman is the ONLY one of the candidates who has (wisely) distanced himself from the pack.

    His adherence to science sets him apart, in itself (a Republican who CAN distance himself from the others — AND stick to at least some FACTS?). With the winds shifting each week, perhaps he WILL be the next rising star (as surely several of the others have, fortunately, succeeded in, bit by bit, starting to extinguish their own flames).

    Aside from all this, the man (and his oh-so-savvy daughters) has a sense of HUMOR, in relation to just HOW NUTTY/BIZARRE (and, concurrently, ominous and frightening) the rest of this woeful pack really are!

    I think, though, that SCOTT, above, said it best. LOVED his take!

    THANK GOD the Occupy Wall Street movement has risen from the ashes – and in just barely enough time before the 2012 elections – to become the HEADLINE-GRABBING (at LONG last – MAINSTREAM MEDIA is focusing on the NON-Tea Party efforts) reality check this country SO needs – BEFORE the Republican party (the NEW Republican party – not that of days gone by) succeeds in destroying everything this country stands for (and millions of OUR lives), in the process.

    Taking our country back now has NEW meaning: Taking it back from the extreme Right, who have proceeded to redefine and destroy it (and US!). The Occupy Wall Street protesters all across the country have revived President Obama’s message of HOPE. Let’s keep in going – and support/join them – BFORE it’s too late.

    And — oh, by the way, Speaker Boehner, ABOUT THOSE JOBS you and your party members promised (and many ran on last year), exactly WHERE ARE THOSE JOBS, now that YOU are in the House majority? Somehow, de-funding Planned Parenthood and keeping your OWN tax rates at this artificially-low rate that the previous (Republican) administration discounted for you and itself, and all the union-busting, anti-abortion rhetoric you have spouted off, have NOT produced even ONE more job in this country. And thousands of teachers, fire-fighters, and police-officers have lost THEIRS. Now, THIS is what we need four MORE years of!

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Permalink
  7. Loray wrote:

    I regret not making an exception for Congressman Ron Paul (TX-R)in the descriptive list of Republican candidate-wanna-be’s, in my previous post, above.

    Paul is the ONLY Republican to routinely distance himself from his party’s hopefuls, and has been courageously doing so, for years, now.

    I have often wondered if his voice is virtually ignored by mainstream media in its campaign coverage, due simply to aesthetics (or, rather, his lack of, in that he, unlike all of the others, isn’t nearly so attractive and youthful-appearing as his competition — major exception, here to Newt, of course, whose prominence and news worthiness stems only from his days as Speaker of the House). The American media is youth- and attractiveness-obsessed, and in the case of Ron Paul, this could well be a major disadvantage.

    Jon Stewart did an absolutely compelling bit on just WHY the media actually DOES ignore Paul, despite his being “. . . . a 12-term Congressman, with an ideologically-consistent message . . . who came within 12 points(!) of WINNING the Iowa straw poll. . .” The media prefers to tout names like Huntsman and Santorum, who placed significantly BEHIND Paul in this poll (and others).

    From an August, 2011 Political Irony newsletter, the link to Jon Stewart’s exasperation over the media’s flagrant disregard of Ron Paul’s voice (AND of his impressive poll standings: “Why Does the Media Treat Ron Paul Like He Doesn’t Exist?”

    While not backing Paul (or Huntsman), here, I am offering that his voice, alone, continues to be the single most distanced from the Republican candidate talking points, and his perspective, while discomforting to some, remains the most consistent and independent of the bunch.

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink
  8. Duckman wrote:

    I could be wrong, but doesn’t Paul get burned for changing his opinions with whatever is popular at the time he runs?

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink
  9. starluna wrote:

    Duckman – I don’t know about Ron Paul, but Mitt Romney is definitely a shapeshifter on his opinions.

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Permalink
  10. ebdoug wrote:

    I think that Cain can join the shifters now. Cain is prochoice like Michael Steele. Except he had to lie and say he was antiabortion like Michael Steele had to lie and say that he was antiabortion.
    Huntsman and Paul aren’t learning the lines of the GOP.

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Permalink
  11. PatriotSgt wrote:

    The problem with Ron Paul is his extreme libertarian views. He gets some traction with the left because he’s against the wars, and big defense, corporate subsidies,but beware; he’s also against subsidies to the people and would like nothing better then to end all payouts to people like unemployment and to corps like green energy. He believes what he does and you can’t say he isn’t consistent, but the bad part is he is consistent. Small government all the way, no exceptions, everything goes except that needed to conduct interstate and foreign commerce, defend the homeland and provide law, order and justice. If thats what you like, then he’s your man.

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Permalink
  12. Iron Knee wrote:

    Well, that plus Paul is pro-life, which to me is ironic since he is supposed to be a stanch libertarian.

    I also think his son Rand is a bit of a wacko.

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Permalink
  13. Fred Wickham wrote:

    I’ve got to say I’d love to see these kids in the first family. I’m still supporting Obama, but if the Republicans gave Huntsman the nod, I’d look again, very seriously.

    Monday, October 31, 2011 at 2:10 am | Permalink
  14. Duckman wrote:

    I second that Fred.

    Our little site here cant count to 10? :p

    Monday, October 31, 2011 at 3:42 am | Permalink
  15. Arthanyel wrote:

    Huntsman is positioning himself for 2016. This campaign is all about growing name recognition, and showing himself as a sensible moderate Repulican so that when the Tea Party gets spanked and Romney loses again Hunstman will be a leading choice.

    And he might be attractive come 2016. God knows I would rather have Hunstman as President than Joe Biden.

    Monday, October 31, 2011 at 10:41 am | Permalink

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