Huntsman Pulls a Reverse Rudy

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Sept. 29 2011 5:59 PM

Huntsman Pulls a Reverse Rudy

Jeff Zeleny scoops that Jon Huntsman, The First Presidential Candidate to Base His Campaign in Orlando*, will move his forward operating base to New Hampshire.

The changes were an acknowledgment that the only plausible way forward for Mr. Huntsman was to gain a toehold in New Hampshire, where he has shown movement in recent polls. The move to New Hampshire allows him to focus entirely on the state, while Mitt Romney, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and other candidates are competing in multiple states.

Well, yes. New Hampshire has some population of independent voters who can pick Republican ballots. New Hampshire is small enough for a candidate to charm-offensive his way across it over the course of a few months. This brings us to Rudy Giuliani, who -- according to campaign mythos -- gave up on all the primary states save Florida back in 2008, banking his campaign on a strong finish there. That was never 100 percent true. Giuliani campaigned in New Hampshire, scored key endorsements there (including that of then-Manchester Mayor, later Congressman Frank Guinta), and... stunk up the place, losing steam as he worked over the electorate. That was only partially a function of the electorate's conservative tilt in 2008. It had a lot to do with Giuliani's weak, arrogant retail campaign. Huntsman doesn't have that problem.

*direct, tongue-in-cheek quote from Huntsman staffer a week ago

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics



Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

Where Ebola Lives Between Outbreaks

Gunman Killed Inside Canadian Parliament; Soldier Shot at National Monument Dies

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Paul Farmer: Up to 90 Percent of Ebola Patients Should Survive

Is he right?


“I’m Not a Scientist” Is No Excuse

Politicians brag about their ignorance while making ignorant decisions.


The Right to Run

If you can vote, you should be able to run for public office—any office.

In Praise of 13th Grade: Why a Fifth Year of High School Is a Great Idea 

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 22 2014 6:30 PM The Tragedies That Have Shaped Canada's Gun Politics
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 22 2014 5:54 PM May I Offer to Sharpen My Friends’ Knives? Or would that be rude?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
Brow Beat
Oct. 22 2014 4:10 PM Skinny Mark Wahlberg Goes for an Oscar: The First Trailer for The Gambler
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.