We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Just minutes into last Monday afternoon's confab between Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich, I heard Newt say something really noteworthy and thought, Man, I should grab that clip for the post and jotted down the video time to snip it out later.
A few minutes after that, I heard another memorable quote and jotted down the time. Then another. Then-
At that point I realized the whole damn video was turning into a highlight reel. I realized that this wasn't a debate or a forum or even an in-depth discussion.
It was a seminar.
There quickly comes a point when you realize you've never heard anything quite like this before, and certainly not outside academia. It isn't just that both of these people are masters of the field of foreign policy, but they're both master tacticians, as well. You not only hear the what and why, but the how to, as well.
If Newt's the 'Big Picture' guy, Huntsman isn't far behind. His serving as Ambassador to China gave him a world view that none of the other candidates can touch save Gingrich. The extra dimension he provided to the affair is his in-depth knowledge on how to deal with this rising economic-military behemoth, while Gingrich does his usual superb job of keeping things in historical perspective.
When you have an hour and a half to spare sometime, give it a spin. The link is here. Click on the link over to the right to begin play.
This isn't something to be rushed through or watched in pieces. You'll see what I mean at the end. This is an event to be savored.
As you know, Doc, I'm a Ron Paul guy. However, recognizing the limitations of the good doctor on a national stage (like the media won't give him the time of day and when they do, they spend more time asking him about the other candidates than about his own policies), I have always felt Huntsman may wind up being the candidate who can win.
He is a damn sight better than Romney, in several ways. I have no problem with him serving under Obama - when your country calls, regardless of your political views, you serve. In addition, working for Obama gave him tremendous insight into the workings of the administration. I believe he can use this to his advantage.
We'll see. After Newt finally burns himself out, like all the others, It will be Huntsman's turn to step up to the top of the campaign. I think he'll do that and hang on.
I'm also warming up to Huntsman after giving him another look and dismissing all the insults from the 'true conservatives'. By temperament and much of his policy recommendations he's one of the most authentically conservatives of the candidates.
I keep trying to like Romney but there's just something missing with him and he gets damned annoying. Newt will flame out because he can't help himself and I think he'd make a terrible executive/leader.
Well, whomever is ABO, I'm OK with by default - and that includes every dog I've ever met.
It is nice that both Newt and Huntsman exhibit strength as tacticians but I'd prefer a master strategist in the White House. But heh, a guy who can make a decent boiled egg would be better than what we have now.
Thank you for this. I've been following, with great concern, the current, ongoing process to ensure that the eventual GOP candidate will be able to defeat the current POTUS and to restore dignity to the greatest office of the world.
I am truly concerned for your country, Canada and the world, should Obama get another term. Hell, I'm already very concerned for what has already happened to the US and its domestic situation, 'thanks' to the current administration.
But, as I opened up Maggie's this morning I had to say "Who is this Huntsman guy?" I didn't have him on my radar. I'm wondering if I'm alone with this reaction?
I've been seeing Newt (with all his baggage and my questions) as the only one I thought might have a chance to dethrone "hope & change". I watched 15 minutes and have to shut down, to start my day. I will be taking that 1 1/2 hrs, as you request, to enjoy this, upon my return.
I have followed your "2012 Speak Up 2012" banner, with interest, since its inception. This "lowly farmer" thanks you for your 'duty' in keeping this most important issue in our collective consciousness and forefront in our thoughts.
I know it takes a lot of your time and, for one, I thank you.
While I've never thought Huntsman had a chance in hell of actually securing the nomination, I've always thought he came across well and extremely knowledgeable on foreign affairs, and had him tied with Romney after one debate for my prestigious 'Most Presidential' award. Like Gingrich (and Romney), Huntsman "isn't conservative enough" according to many, and doesn't have the money muscle that most of the others do, but I think he'd make a fine president.
Let me know what you think of the show after you finish it. Wouldn't you agree that 'seminar' is the best word? That was really an amazing event. I've 'learned' a few things here and there at the debates, but after this one, I actually felt schooled.
I finally watched the video today. Two 15+ hr days prevented an earlier viewing. A seminar it was! I was impressed to watch these 2 potential POTUSs speak with knowledge and frankness on some of the true issues in this campaign. And without teleprompters. It was a learning experience for me as well.