… Although some might say it’s his application for Joe Biden’s job come 2016. From Alex Katz at the Boston Globe‘s Political Intelligence blog:
CONCORD, N.H. – Jon Huntsman, who has staked his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on New Hampshire, addressed members of the Legislature here today, reminding them of his commitment through anecdotes and jokes.
In a brief speech before the chamber, Huntsman poked some fun at his own efforts.
“Did I tell you we’ve changed our campaign motto to ‘live free or die?’” Huntsman said, adding “I want your vote. And if I don’t get your vote, I want a fee for services rendered.”
I don’t get it. But then again I never understood anything about Lawrence Welk either.
Did you know that Jon Huntsman invented the ‘piano keyboard’ novelty tie?
** crickets **
“I want your vote. And if I don’t get your vote, I want a fee for services rendered.”
I’m not sure I get the joke: that sounds like something Cain or Gingrich would say unironically: they invested in getting your vote through TV spots and debates, and they’d better get a return on that investment. You’re just mooching off their hard work if you don’t.
Huntsman’s signature for this campaign seems to be spouting lines that people can recognize are supposed to be jokes, but no one can quite figure out why they’re supposed to be funny.
@Redshift: He’s the captain beefheart candidate.
The prophet Nostradumbass
So, apparently, there’s this thing going around Twitter where people are pretending that Michael Moore endorsed Jon Huntsman for President.
@Redshift: Huntman’s been ‘selling’ the importance of New Hampshire’s rock-ribbed, traditionalist, first-in-the-nation-or-else GOP primary so hard, if the NHampsters aren’t gonna give him their vote they should at least pay him a commission. I figured it was the cleanly-Mormon version of the old negotiator’s riposte, “Better give me a kiss, ’cause it looks like you’re trying to screw me.”
Of course for all the pandering he’s done, Huntsman hasn’t been nearly as blatantly negotiable in his affections as the other Mormon candidate, his distant cousin Romney. The single-digit percentage of Granite Staters who were going to vote for Huntsman won’t mind being (mildly) tweaked, but once Willard’s had the joke explained to him…
Extremely O/T, but this NY Times article gives further credence to the factual notion that Obama is improving the U.S.’s image in the world. This is my favorite quote
@The prophet Nostradumbass: Now Michael Moore wants to privatize Medicare? I doubt it.
Huntsman only appears to be moderate in comparison with the other candidates. The only thing moderate about him is his willingness to discuss climate change.
Prevent Mitt’s victory in new Hampshire and his campaign is dead.
Yeah, I don’t get it either.
Why? He’s got the money, the infrastructure, and a reputation as Mr. Businessman. All that he has to do is to survive NH, Iowa and SC.
“Live Free or Die” is the New Hampshire state motto. The fee for services rendered is for promotion of the state motto.