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.