Kudos to Jon Huntsman for being the first GOP candidate to break out of the prison of the trite and poorly worded, and give us an ad that says something, and does it with a bit of a bite.
And I’m not just saying that because he uses the word “screwed” in mixed company.
I’m saying it because he actually tells you something about himself in a way that you might take note, and remember.
I don’t know if I’d go so far as Henry McMaster in praising it:
I miss Ronald Reagan. I served as his first US Attorney.
We all wish he would appear out of the cornfield in a “Field of Dreams” and be our nominee for President.
But right now – there is only one true Reagan Republican in the race, a leader who worked for Ronald Reagan and has proven himself over the years to be a strong, consistent conservative, with the best record as a chief executive creating jobs, cutting taxes and balancing budgets at the state level.
That is my good friend Jon Huntsman.
I hope you’ll take a moment to watch Jon’s latest TV ad. It truly is a wake up call for America.
Our nation is deep in debt. And we’ve lost trust in government to solve problems.
I believe Jon Huntsman is the leader we need to repair both the economic deficit and the deficit of trust that has afflicted our country.
Jon has never been a flip-flopper or an opportunist. He has always been consistently pro-life and pro-family. As Governor of Utah, he led the nation in creating jobs, cutting taxes and stimulating real economic growth.
Jon Huntsman is the most extraordinary Governor I’ve seen since Carroll Campbell. And he’s also the only one in the presidential race with foreign policy experience as a United States Ambassador to both Singapore and China. The world we live in is far too dangerous to pick another president with no foreign policy experience.
I ask you as a friend, as a South Carolinian, a father and an American to join me in restoring trust, dignity, and integrity in Washington, DC by supporting Jon Huntsman for President.
Peggy and I wish you and your family a very happy, healthy and blessed 2012.
I’m not sure this is a “wake-up call for America.” It’s more like a “get up briefly and let the dog out” call. But at least you don’t sleep soundly through it, and that’s something.
Compared to what it’s up against, this ad deserves brief applause, at the minimum.
What I really like about it is that he is so obviously taking both parties to task for having “screwed” us over, in terms of the lack of trust that led to the credit downgrade. You can’t possibly speak of that without intending to include the Tea Party Republicans. And since he didn’t specifically exclude them, or state that he’s aiming his dart at Democrats, it can only be taken as inclusive.
So what he’s saying is, he’s the Grownup that we need.
If only he can last long enough for some independents to get a chance vote for him…
Interesting that the first words that appear on-screen are “Only one candidate will end war…”
Yeah, that’s odd, since it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the rest of the ad…
… but I guess, when you’ve got limited resources, you try to hit as many topics at a times as you can…
Of course, no one has yet come up with a pitch as all-purpose as Pedro’s: “If you vote for me, all of your wildest dreams will come true…”
Vote for Pedro! (Cue A-Team music in background)
OK…how much does this really sting Henry McMaster that instead of getting to be a major player in this year’s primary, he has to be shilling for the guy who will probably be an asterick in terms of vote totals in the SC primary.
I bet Henry and Alan are hoping that Huntsman drops out after New Hampshire so they can still retain some sense of dignity in SCGOP circles. What establishment pol wants to go around the state campaigning for a guy who will probably come in dead last in SC anyway?
Yeah, but you gotta have Napoleon Dynamite dancing for you for that pitch to win. Then again, we’ve already got two Mormons in the race, why not a third?
Yeah it is interesting since Ron Paul is the only one who will end the Wars!