When former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman announced his candidacy for the presidency, one misguided blogger stated that Huntsman is just the type of candidate the Republicans need. In fact, the blogger said, Huntsman was an “Eisenhower Republican” that moderates and independents would support. This is just the type of blather the lamestream media love to hear, especially from those who purport to be on our side.
It may be true that President Eisenhower was not all that conservative politically. After all, he was a military man first, and not a politician until he was rather reluctantly thrust into it later in life. But it’s also true that Eisenhower, for all of the significant problems he grappled with, didn’t have to worry about the opposition party trying to shove an ultra-left agenda down the country’s throats, including a cap-and-tax program to reduce “carbon emissions,” “gay rights” including same-sex “unions,” and amnesty for a deluge of illegal immigrants. Coincidentally, Mr. Huntsman has rather weak positions, to put it charitably, on all three of these key issues for one who claims to be a big admirer of Ronald Reagan. So, I guess that’s where the comparisons to Eisenhower lose much of their relevance.
Of course, Mitt Romney is not much better on those three issues. But at least he’s willing to attack Obama on the economy if nothing else, which puts him one-up on Huntsman, who wants, like John McCain in 2008, to go the “civil” route. We saw how well that worked out for the hapless McCain candidacy.
In the 1950’s, there certainly were communist-sympathizing members of Congress, most if not all Democrats. There were other well-meaning Dems in that era that simply refused to believe the depths of evil communist governments and dictators brought on their people. But none of them could hold a candle to the ultra-leftists who control today’s Democrat party. Republicans could almost afford to be civil and centrist back then, as Eisenhower was. With the country going down a road to perdition, they can’t afford to be that way now. Quite the contrary.
Unfortunately in our pap-saturated culture, any criticism of a pop idol, which is essentially what Obama is, is viewed as “hate-mongering.” Huntsman, and other Republicans who allow our side to be pummeled and show no resistance, either just don’t get this or simply don’t have the fortitude to go against the grain.
The fact is, a candidate like Huntsman is the last thing the Republicans need at this point. And if you don’t believe it, all you have to do is look at the media love-fest that’s going on now that he’s in the race.