Washington Elite Seeks to Choose the 2012 GOP Presidential Nominee

Huntsman, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if you see a very visible and concerted effort to push Huntsman to the top on the part of the inside-the-Beltway Republican elite and the media. The media, I mean it would be great for them, here’s another Mormon to take potshots at, and, remember, now, the media is into picking our nominee. And that’s the bad thing in here with the Daniels decision. “The announcement by the former Office of Management and Budget director and favorite of much of the Republican establishment will again roil the unsettled GOP field — and likely intensify efforts to convince another major candidate to join the race, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.” But don’t forget the name Jon Huntsman. His name’s out there already, but don’t be surprised if you see a concerted effort by Washington Republican elites in the media to put Huntsman near the top of this list in the field.

“The Daniels e-mail, obtained by Politico, went out from Indiana GOP chief Eric Holcomb, a key Daniels adviser, soon after midnight, with the word ‘Urgent’ in the subject line. ‘The following is from Governor Mitch Daniels….’ the e-mail began. ‘I hope this reaches you before the public news does,’ Daniels wrote. ‘If so, please respect my confidence for the short time until I can make it known to all. The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national candidate. In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one, but that, the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry.'”



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