There are still some sensible Republicans…

(Counting you, Auntie Em!)

Jon Huntsman and his wife sound quite rational…

“Is this the best we could do?” Huntsman said he asked himself.

He also joked that his wife forbade him to pander to the party’s far-right contingent ahead of Iowa’s caucuses, which likely hurt him with conservative voters in the Hawkeye State.

“She said if you pandered, if you sign any of those damn pledges, I’ll leave you,” Huntsman said. “So I had to say I believe in science — and people on stage look at you quizzically as though you’re … an oddball.”

Here’s the article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/22/jon-huntsman-gop_n_1444529.html?ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=042312&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NewsEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

And, here is a good quote from Mencken (unknown what political party he was or was not a part of )

 

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

“Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on “I am not too sure.” -H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)

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15 Responses to There are still some sensible Republicans…

  1. AuntieBellum says:

    LOL! Except that I’m an Independent, not a Republican.

    And he still has the coolest name ever.

    It’s just a shame that both parties are controlled by the extremist nutjobs and no candidate can get anywhere without pandering. 😦

  2. Lauri says:

    So right, AuntieB! Sorry I called you a Republican! Independent sounds so much better. I am getting pretty fed up with both parties. And you are so right. No one gets anywhere without pandering. Sigh.

    • AuntieBellum says:

      At least, I think I’m Independent. I might be just plain ol’ Unaffiliated.

      I wish they’d abolish all political parties and make these clowns run on their personal merits. (Pfft…bwahaha!) Then we might get some decent candidates for a change. And the voters would actually have to *think* about their choice instead of just rubber-stamping their party-approved candidate.

      • Lauri says:

        So true! I wish we could do away with this system. But, there are too many people in power that it is benefiting. And they are not going to let it go.

  3. Lauri says:

    At least I got the “Sensible” right! 🙂

  4. Snowy says:

    Well said, Lauri. I think the Republican party of today is unrecognisable as the Republican Party of Eisenhower, Reagan and even Nixon. I hope there are more Huntsmen who are prepared to stand up to the neo-fascists who control the GOP today. And for those who say there is no difference between the parties just two words suffice. Health care.

  5. H.L. Mencken hated Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, but then so did my father. 😀 Mencken however was too cynical to belong to either political party, though he tended towards libertarianism.

    Huntsman was smart to drop out out of the GOP race; not so smart to endorse Romney, who looks worst and worst the more he talks. I think he benefited from serving in China as the U.S. ambassador. Unlike the other GOP leaders, Huntsman actually saw how another country operates and realizes our opinions aren’t the only ones that matter. The man is also smart. Romney on the other hand hires people to think for him.

    • Lauri says:

      I can barely read or listen to any of the crap anymore. Smart has gone down the torlet along with integrity and plain ol’ common sense!

  6. amelie says:

    Kind of scary someone like Huntsman had zero chance with the GOP because he is sensible and intelligent, and reached across the asile. Not a good commentary on our political system.

  7. amelie says:

    Ooh, love your new banner.

  8. stevebetz says:

    When the GOP field announced itself, I thought Huntsman seemed like the only one that seemed reasonable and passed the “would you have dinner with them at your house” test. It’s a sad, sad commentary that he got the least interest with opinions that were shades of grey. He was the only one to acknowledge evolution and climate change of the whole group.

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