Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman is quoted by the Associated Press (AP) as saying his fellow GOTP presidential candidate’s criticism of climate change skepticism is “not a winning formula” for the GOTP in 2012, and that his opponents in the presidential primary are dead wrong in their willingness to let the US default on its debt.
ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Jake Tapper asked Huntsman about his shots at the Reverend Ricky Perry’s contention that evolution is “a theory that’s out there,” but not a sure thing, nor is the idea of climate change. After Perry had made his remarks, Huntsman reportedly tweeted, “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”
Tapper asked, “Were you just being cheeky or do you think there’s a serious problem with what Governor Perry said?” Huntsman’s response: “I think there’s a serious problem. The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party – the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012.”
But Huntsman is the lone voice of reason calling out against the far-right lunatic Christian fringe of the party which has taken control, and his comments are absolutely on target; the GOTP does have a huge problem, and becoming the party that dismisses science as wrong while embracing evangelical Christianity’s teachings as absolute simply makes a lot of Americans nervous, and seriously blurs the line between the separation of Church and State.
Huntsman further said, “When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Science – Sciences has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position….I can’t remember a time in our history where we actually were willing to shun science and become a – a party that – that was antithetical to science. I’m not sure that’s good for our future and it’s not a winning formula.”
When describing the GOTP presidential field’s indifference toward the prospect of default and their ability to handle the economy he was less complimentary, “Well, I wouldn’t necessarily trust any of my opponents right now, who were on a recent debate stage with me, when every single one of them would have allowed this country to default. You can imagine, even given the uncertainty of the marketplace the last several days and even the last couple of weeks, if we had defaulted the first time in the history of the greatest country that ever was, being 25 percent of the world’s GDP and having the largest financial services sector in this world by a long shot, if we had defaulted, Jake, this marketplace would be in absolute turmoil. And people who are already losing enough as it is on their 401(k) s and retirement programs and home valuations, it would have been catastrophic.”
Huntsman is an old-time Republican, a Reagan style Republican running for the nomination of a party that wouldn’t nominate the Gipper if he were alive today. He isn’t the pandering fool his opponents are, and unfortunately, while it makes him an honest guy, it will undoubtedly cost him any hopes of winning the nomination.