Friday, February 13, 2009

The Atlantic talks up Huntsman in 2012

A Utah governor hasn't gotten this much attention since Brigham Young teamed up with Morton Salt to fill a pristine lake in Utah with 10,000 gallons of salt. The goal? Increasing conversions to Mormonism by absolving the fear of drowning while being baptized.

Marc Ambinder (ea):

Huntsman is presidential-quality timber. One of the most popular governors in the country, he's smart, has deep pockets that could fund a campaign and he's had a conservative record earned by cutting taxes and slimming government. He is pro-life and calls himself a social conservative. In fact, the Weekly Standard calls him as "impressive as [Bobby] Jindal, though far more moderate."

After this week's development Huntsman will live up to the "far more moderate" label. Huntsman was one of the first governors to endorse John McCain in 2008 and stayed with McCain through The Troubles.