Jon Huntsman echoes Pat Robertson's objections to recent GOP antics and puts his finger squarely on the problem:
“When I see one of my colleagues, Gov. Perry, who starts talking about birtherism again, I cringe. I say, as a party if we are going to win this election we have to focus on the issues that are germane for the American family,” Huntsman told us. “That’s expanding the economy, that’s jobs, that’s our position in the world. And when we get off on those fringe issues, we lose the independents in particular. The independents are looking for a home, and the independents largely are gonna drive the outcome of the election.”
“They hear some of that chatter, some of that nonsensical talk, and it causes them to turn and walk away. And we can’t afford to have that happen,” he added. “It’s been settled folks. It’s been settled: The president is a citizen of the United States. I mean, how much more do we have to talk about it? Let’s move on to the real issues of the day.”
I've been seriously thinking about voting for Jon Huntsman, even if I have to write him in. I don't think this country can stand another 4 years of the current administration and the other GOP candidates veer between laughable and disgusting.
I may yet change my mind, but so far Huntsman appears to be the only candidate with actual experience (at all levels of government and also overseas in China) who can reliably act like an adult- and a sane one at that.
And don't bother sneering that I'm just a RINO, because I'm not. I'm a lifelong registered Independent. I'm one of the voters Huntsman was talking about, and he got it exactly right.