Question for the gang: Is there anything obviously wrong with Jon Huntsman? Put another way: Is there anything that conservatives would find objectionable about Huntsman that wouldn’t arguably make him a stronger candidate in the general election, even if it hurt him in the primary?
The gripes I hear about Huntsman are these: He served in the Obama administration and he supports civil unions for same-sex couples. I tend to think that having been ambassador to China is a substantive qualification (though I have mixed feelings about the last ambassador to China* we elected president), and the fact that Huntsman served at the pleasure of Barack Obama gives him some bipartisan credibility — which wingers like us may not care about, but which, I cannot help but think, would be a general-election asset. Being a Chinese-speaking ex-diplomat should partially insulate him from suffering the usual media caricature of Republicans as provincial dunces.
* I know; don’t bother emailing me about it.