A stand in NH: Huntsman's lacks strength
Huntsman's efforts have seen him rise in New Hampshire polls from the low single digits to the low double digits. He might have risen further by now if he'd given Granite Staters stronger reasons to support him.
In our conversations with Republican voters, activists and uncommitted operatives, the reaction to Huntsman can be summarized this way: We are not sure who this guy really is or what his message is.
Huntsman says he's a conservative, and on some issues such as tax policy, he's pretty good. But he constantly signals to moderates that he's really one of them when he goes in for global warming and a show-weakness foreign policy. He often comes across as saying what the audience wants to hear. The Daily Caller, a conservative publication in Washington, D.C., recently noticed the same phenomenon.
Huntsman had the right idea: Make a stand in New Hampshire. It would be working better if he'd made stronger stands on the issues, too.