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Boston Globe Endorses Huntsman By Process of Mittlimination

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The Boston Globe, not exactly a bastion of conservative dreamweaving, endorsed Jon Huntsman in an editorial appearing in Friday’s paper. The craziest thing about this is not that the Globe chose the ur-underdog, because who doesn’t love an underdog whose name is not Rick Santorum, but that the Globe described 2012 as “an historic opportunity for the Republican Party.” SO SOON?

The editorial board did make the questionable decision of actually mentioning Romney by name, and giving a nod to the fact that he is acknowledged neutrally by great swaths of shrugging humans nationwide:

Among the candidates, only two stand out as truly presidential, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. Both have track records of success, and both, through their policies and demeanors, have shown the breadth of spirit to lead the nation. But while Romney proceeds cautiously, strategically, trying to appease enough constituencies to get himself the nomination, Huntsman has been bold. Rather than merely sketch out policies, he articulates goals and ideals.

Globe editorial page editor Peter Canellos added Friday morning on CNN that he liked the fact that Huntsman didn’t, well, evoke any kind of facial expression in anyone during the Republican debates of 2011. “He wasn’t harsh, he wasn’t out of line in any way,” he says, “and a lot of the others have been.”

So big whoop: a newspaper with non-Republican leanings likes Jon Huntsman. Get in line! But the difference here is that arguably the Globe has known/endured Romney in a deeper way than a lot of the other newspapers given his governorship of the state in which the rag is printed. Canellos said part of the reason the Globe dissed Romney again (it endorsed John McCain for the Republican nomination in 2008) is because Romney is now, how to put this, running away from the burning house that is his “progressive” reputation as Massachusetts governor.

Is the Globe’s artistry totally pointless? Not exactly, they say. There are a lot of disaffected Democrats and independents in New Hampshire saying flattering things like that they can “stomach” Huntsman, which is, of course, the main reason Huntsman has taken to the state like Gingrich to gummy bears.

Also, the goat vote. [Boston Globe]

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91 comments

    1. Barb

      What book of the bible is that, Mittbot 3.1? Oh, he's Mormon, my bad. They follow that guy, whats-his-name, Bring'em Young.

    2. Not_So_Much

      Mitt's sons appeal to a lot of the closeted, fapping base. But Jon's daughters appeal to more moderate, hetero(ish) 'Murkans.

      1. Barb

        My best friend, Bill and I got into a twitter war with Mitt's son, Matt the night he said that his dad would show his tax returns when Obama showed his birth certificate and grades. We were quite horrible. Ah, good times.

  1. BaldarTFlagass

    “an historic opportunity for the Republican Party.”

    I think they've had enough chances.

  2. Barb

    Great, now we all have to learn Chinese and I was still working on my English. Oh well, they could have endorsed Santorum and we would have to speak Ballchinian.

  3. BaldarTFlagass

    The Globe just digs his hot daughters. So do I, for that matter. I'm still voting for Blarah Oblamah, though.

  4. OCcupied_Surf_Serf

    Dems and independents saying … they can “stomach” Huntsman

    While others are saying they can "knee" or "elbow" him.

  5. actor212

    There are a lot of disaffected Democrats and independents in New Hampshire saying flattering things like that they can “stomach” Huntsman

    BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANESSS!

  6. freakishlywrong

    I think doughy pantload Erick the Erickson lurrves him some Huntsman, something, something about "true conservative" or some such horseshit. I only think this because I will not go to Redstate to verify.

  7. BaldarTFlagass

    I'm not clear on how this shit works, but could one Mormon guy marry all three of Huntsman's Mormon daughters? I'd be dead within a fortnight.

  8. Not_So_Much

    Fucking librul Massholes… Really, the Manchurian Candidate? Do they not even watch the Paultard channel?

  9. Texan_Bulldog

    Hmmm….is this akin to deciding to date the sister of the crazy chick who left you and stole your XBox games, beer and keyed your car on the way out?

  10. elviouslyqueer

    Among the candidates, only two stand out as truly presidential, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman.

    OH SNAP. In your face, Fecalfroth.

    1. widestanceshakedown

      And as for Newt, he doesn't even sound like a man on the telephone, let alone presidential.

  11. SorosBot

    So wait, was it Perry or Santorum they endorsed?

    Oh sorry, I read that wrong; I thought it said the Globe endorsed the candidate who hunts men.

    1. Chichikovovich

      TURN BACK! GET OFF THE SPACE SHIP! "To Follow Huntsman" is a Wilderness Sportsman's Manual!

  12. BaldarTFlagass

    Maybe the Globe endorsed him because of his campaign promise to get Bob Kraft to cut Chad Ochocinco. What a bust.

    1. Chichikovovich

      That, plus all the carefully guarded acupuncture secrets he learned from the inscrutable Orientals, to heal Brady's shoulder.

  13. Ruhe

    "acknowledged neutrally by great swaths of shrugging humans nationwide"…
    You set out to write a little snark and then, poof!, art happens.

  14. neiltheblaze

    And, of course, Republicans in New Hampshire were just waiting on the edge of their seats with anticipation wondering who the godless, libruhl Boston Globe would endorse!

  15. Mumbletypeg

    Huntsman has been bold enough to NOT evoke any kind of facial expression in anyone, which the Globe editors declare admirable and Presidential.

    Did I read that correctly?

    1. Chichikovovich

      And his daughters appear to be the kinds of wholesome teenagers who, if asked to kiss and cuddle and sing to such a fetus, could be counted on to say "Ok, Daddy, this is getting weird. You're really creeping us out, here."

  16. weejee

    Well given the slate of Rethuglican candidates totally qualifies as a goat fuck, then polling the goat vote in NH does make sense. As an aside, in addition to Huntsman's flavorful coat, what does the goat think of magic undies?

  17. Joshua Norton

    the Globe described 2012 as “an historic opportunity for the Republican Party.”

    That's just way retaahhded.

  18. Callyson

    Someone on MSNBC was going on last night about how Huntsman is actually quite conservative if you look at his political positions, and only appears to be moderate because he does not foam at the mouth.
    Ten months to go…

    1. Negropolis

      Wait, is that wrong? Huntsman is crazy conservative, but with a smile. That's it. There isn't anything else to him. Most of the other ones just play conservatives on TV.

  19. wonkettkinkster

    In other news, nobody gives a FUCK about the Boston Herald. I remember stocking Heralds in a gas station and they were the only paper the distributor wouldn't take back.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      I took the T into Boston with my hyper-libby Rhode Island girlfriend one day back in 2004, and there were some guys giving away complimentary copies of the Herald on the platform as we de-trained. She said to one of the guys that tried to give her one, "Get away from me with that VULGAR PIECE OF TRASH!"

    2. Joshua Norton

      After "The Evening Transcript" folded, The Boston Herald was the paper of choice for the Back Bay society blue bloods at one time.

      Now it's just another low-life example of that old Murdoch touch of the sewer.

  20. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    What the Globe fails to realise is that Huntsman has yet to bring the crazy. Without some batshit crazy ideas, how can you rise above 10% in the Republican field? Hell, Bachman brought all kinds of crazy, and she couldn't break 10%. What chance does Huntsman have?

    1. chicken_thief

      She should have flashed some tit. All that yacking just made the men think they were at home so, of course, they tuned out.

  21. pinkocommi

    I would pay good money to see the presidential election matchup between the Islamo-fascist-socialist Democrat and the watching-paint-dry-boring-Mormon-Chinese Republitard, just to count how many religious-righters' heads explode.

  22. Mumbletypeg

    From the "Goat Vote" link:

    Bill Higgins and Judy Hammond are roommates in Dover, N.H., who have a pet goat, Izak, that they take to campaign events to meet presidential hopefuls who pass through… Higgins said Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman reacted favorably to the goat, although it did nibble on Huntsman’s coat

    Somewhere in San Diego, a GOP chairman feels his salivary glands kick into gear.

  23. SayItWithWookies

    I'm betting the Globe endorsed Huntsman because he's the last non-Mitt Republican that they don't know anything about. They'll change their minds once he rockets to prominence and people start looking at his record.

  24. Terry

    "but that the Globe described 2012 as “an historic opportunity for the Republican Party.”"

    It would be historic in that they'd be nominating someone who, while conservative, is not crazy or dumb as a box of hair.

  25. Crank_Tango

    Meh, It's a well-known fact that Boston has always been unAmerican and never even had a tea party.

  26. OneYieldRegular

    You'd think that after the Aqua Teen Hunger Force terrorism debacle Boston would be a little bit more circumspect about making crazy moves like this one.

  27. user-of-owls

    the Globe described 2012 as “an historic opportunity for the Republican Party.”

    I think you people might be misreading this. What the Globe meant was that the Republicans have an opportunity to make themselves history.

  28. Steverino247

    Does your goat bite?
    No.
    Chomp!
    Hey, I thought you said your goat does not bite!
    That is not my goat…

  29. Steverino247

    Way back when I was doing interesting things on behalf of the United States, we said that the optimists were learning Russian and the pessimists were learning Chinese. Apparently, the Boston paper's editorial board thinks the glass is half-assed.

  30. owhatever

    The Globe made its decision on the indisputable fact that Jon Huntsman wears magic boxers, while Mitt Romney prefers magic tighty whities.

  31. mavenmaven

    2012 is “an historic opportunity for the Republican Party to be revealed as a front for the Koch Bros and similar money-barons and be wiped out in the election".

    1. Negropolis

      It's funny you bring up sports loyalties. This guy comes to Michigan in 2007 and refuses to say which college he supports. In May of last year he comes down firmly as a Michigan fan. When asked in December about the in-state rivalry while in New Hampshire he said this:

      “I’m for both Michigan and Michigan State these days,” Romney said in New Hampshire Tuesday

      This guy is a fucking joke.

  32. Negropolis

    The Globe is being so crazily passive-aggressive it's not even funny. If damning with faint praise was a sport, the Globe would win the (Ron Paul) gold.

  33. ttommyunger

    Well, this answers the question: "How can we throw a perfectly good endorsement in the trash bin and accomplish absolutely nothing?".

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