Jon Huntsman Jr.
In the final weeks of his misguided presidential campaign, Jon Huntsman Jr. centered his stump speech around the notion that the country not only faced a fiscal deficit but a "trust deficit" that has led us to "no longer trust our elected officials." The message had a certain Brooksian appeal to it, though it might have helped if it had been delivered by a less lugubrious and long-winded candidate. But now that Huntsman's dropped out of the race and heartily endorsed Mitt Rommey, I can't help but ask: who are you to talk about trust, buster?
We are gathered here in remembrance of the Jon Huntsman presidential campaign, which passed away quietly last night in its home state of New Hampshire. Yes, many of its next of kin are still in the first stage of grief (denial), but the rest of us should say our goodbyes, in preparation for moving on to more conservative Republican pastures.
Salt Lake City, Utah Jon Huntsman Jr. wants to know if I'm in the mood for Mexican food for lunch. "I know a great place we can go downtown," the Utah governor says as we pile into the back seat of his black, tinted Suburban. (He goes there all the time, three of his aides separately assure me.) We drive south from Capitol Hill, passing the enormous Mormon temple in the center of town.