Jon Huntsman “took a battle axe to his own party, comparing it to China’s Communist Party and criticizing it’s standard bearer in a wide-ranging interview,” BuzzFeed reports.
He also “jokingly blamed his failed candidacy in part on his wife, Mary Kaye, who told him she’d leave him if he abandoned his principles.”
Said Huntsman: “She said if you pandered, if you sign any of those damn pledges, I’ll leave you. So I had to say I believe in science — and people on stage look at you quizzically as though you’re was an oddball.”
Huntsman added that Ronald Reagan would “likely not” be able to win the GOP nomination in this environment.
When every one is insane and your the only reasonable one you end up being the crazy one. To bad for huntsman I like him.
Watching the crowd reactions to his reasonable and sensible statements in the debates made me believe that this must have been what it was like to witness the rise of the Nazis in Germany.
When did the GOP become fascist instead of conservative?
Edit: I should specify that comparing the Republican party to the Nazi party was not my intent. What I sought to compare, and frankly did a poor job of specifying, was the rampant anti-intellectualism that exists in the Christian fundamentalist wing of the Republican party. This is where the rise of the Nazis comes in. Anti-intellectualism is a core principle in fascist parties. I’m a big fan of Ron Paul’s honesty (if not all of his policies), but he only represents one of the three wings of the Republican party, these 3 being: the small government, libertarian wing (true to their ideals and logically founded), the corporatist wing (they believe that what’s good for big business must be good for the individual, and I’m not sure that always holds up in a pseudo free-market economy), and the Christian fundamentalist wing (they are the most powerful voting block in the primaries. You don’t necessarily have to win them over, but if you oppose them directly, you WILL lose.)
The Republicans who stand on intellectual principles against the Christian fundamentalists OPENLY (as opposed to Romney’s just pandering to them and secretly not believing it) will always lose. The Christianists only caved to Romney because, in the end, they knew Santorum wasn’t electable.