SAYING HOW WE REALLY FEEL  11:55 am January 6, 2012

Boston Globe Endorses Huntsman By Process of Mittlimination

by Liz Colville

get yer goat

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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nounverb911 January 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm

This has all the makings of another Boston epic fail.

BaldarTFlagass January 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Well, at least they didn't endorse Bill Buckner.

x111e7thst January 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Who is this Huntsman guy again?

nounverb911 January 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

He's the Chinese guy.

Negropolis January 7, 2012 at 2:44 am

The Chinese Mormon guy.

SorosBot January 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Huntsman also proves that it's possible to be even more boring than the Mittbot 3.1

Barb January 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

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.

Not_So_Much January 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

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

SorosBot January 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Wait, where can I see these daughters of whom you speak?

Not_So_Much January 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I'm too ignorant to know how to embed the link — this is messy: http://www.google.com/search?q=huntsman+daughters

Barb January 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

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.

SayItWithWookies January 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Huntsman — the other blah Mitt.

MOG2410 January 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

He certainly doesn't have the charisma of Pawlenty.

BaldarTFlagass January 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

“an historic opportunity for the Republican Party.”

I think they've had enough chances.

johnnymeatworth January 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Now now, the chance to self-destruct is ALWAYS historic.

Chichikovovich January 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Just like the Babe Ruth trade was an historic opportunity for the Red Sox.

Bonghits4Jesus January 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Historic fail!

Barb January 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm

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.

BaldarTFlagass January 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

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

OCcupied_Surf_Serf January 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Dems and independents saying … they can “stomach” Huntsman

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

beavertank January 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm

And a small segment are referring to him as "assable".

Negropolis January 7, 2012 at 2:48 am

I could knee-cap him for sure.

actor212 January 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Boston Globe, the paper of Blands and Blahs all over Boston

Monsieur_Grumpe January 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Did they use the phase "least worse" with this endorsement?

widestanceshakedown January 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Or a favorite of mine: usually always.

actor212 January 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

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

BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANESSS!

freakishlywrong January 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

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.

BaldarTFlagass January 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm

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.

JackDempsey1 January 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Romney can court the Southie vote by calling the Globe editorial staff "wicked pissahs."

Not_So_Much January 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm

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

Texan_Bulldog January 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

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?

elviouslyqueer January 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

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

OH SNAP. In your face, Fecalfroth.

widestanceshakedown January 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

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

fuflans January 7, 2012 at 1:10 am

yeah i just snorted malbec out thru my nose elvis.

SorosBot January 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

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.

Chichikovovich January 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

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

BaldarTFlagass January 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

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

Chichikovovich January 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

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

Ruhe January 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

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

neiltheblaze January 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

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!

Chillwaver January 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Angel Moroni wept.

Steverino247 January 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Moronic: Of, or pertaining to, the Angel Moroni.

ManchuCandidate January 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

It looks like the Boston Globe is a voice for the Robot Vote.

"Vote Huntsman: HE'S A ROBOT!!!!"

Mumbletypeg January 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

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?

Geminisunmars January 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Does this mean Huntsy is going after the Blah vote, too?

mrblifil January 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Also in Huntsman's favor, he never posed for pictures with a 20-week deceased fetus and call it his "little guy." Presumably.

Chichikovovich January 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

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."

weejee January 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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?

MissTaken January 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Year of the Ram?

Joshua Norton January 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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

That's just way retaahhded.

neiltheblaze January 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Although, Hunstman when he found out was heard to say, "Wicked pissah!"

johnnyzhivago January 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Not votin' for some guy who speaks furren languages, especially Chinaman talk.

Next thing you know he'll be making Ramadan a national holiday.

chicken_thief January 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I stayed at a Ramadan Inn once. I didn't make me smart like the Holiday Inn Expresses do.

Ruhe January 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Huntsman is the T-1000 to Mitt's T-500.

johnnyzhivago January 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Someone with class, intelligence and leadership skills would seem to have a slim chance as a Republican.

chicken_thief January 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Dan Quayle libel!!!

Callyson January 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm

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…

horsedreamer_1 January 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Mc Cain 2000.

Negropolis January 7, 2012 at 2:53 am

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.

wonkettkinkster January 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm

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.

BaldarTFlagass January 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

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!"

Joshua Norton January 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

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.

Lionel[redacted]Esq January 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

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?

chicken_thief January 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

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

MOG2410 January 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

There's still time!

pinkocommi January 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

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.

Mumbletypeg January 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm

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.

Terry January 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

"Roommates" who live with a goat. Kinky!

SayItWithWookies January 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm

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.

Terry January 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

"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.

widestanceshakedown January 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

That goat looks happy to be standing in front of Huntsman, and not Cain.

Crank_Tango January 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

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

MissTaken January 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Who did the goat endorse?

SorosBot January 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Mickey Kaus, in return for certain… favors.

freakishlywrong January 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

None of them, Katie? Goat is smarter than CON primary voter.

OneYieldRegular January 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

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.

meatlofer January 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

How's Rick Perry,doing?

MOG2410 January 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Who?

arihaya January 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

he's doing it from behind

user-of-owls January 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

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.

Steverino247 January 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

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

Steverino247 January 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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.

owhatever January 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm

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

Negropolis January 7, 2012 at 2:57 am

Nope. Mitt can't ever commit to one side of anything, so he wears magic boxer-briefs.

mavenmaven January 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm

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".

DemmeFatale January 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Willard claims to be a Red Sox fan in 3…2…1…

Negropolis January 7, 2012 at 3:04 am

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.

Negropolis January 7, 2012 at 2:47 am

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.

ttommyunger January 7, 2012 at 8:07 am

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

BaldarTFlagass January 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

He lives in Boise, Idaho.

ShaveTheWhales January 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I'm surprised that was far enough away.

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