Tuesday, June 21, 2011
This may be the greatest political cycle of our lifetimes, as both Huntsman and Romney, the Mormon candidates, are both being described as too moderate for Republicans.
Being governor of Utah does bring about an odd juxtaposition for a conservative. Although the native born are usually conservative, Utah's breathtaking scenery and status as one of the ultimate outdoor playgrounds draw many pilgrims to move there for the recreational possibilities (the 2002 Olympics showed the world that Salt Lake City is beautiful). If you want to attract the ski and snowboard set (who have higher than average incomes) to your state, you need to be open minded on who they bring as their "plus one."
It will be difficult for voters to forget that Huntsman worked on the Obama team, as his opponents will mention it so often it will seem like punctuation.