Is George Allen More Liberal Than Jon Huntsman?


    Here I was, thinking that former Obama Administration official – not to mention former supporter (or is he still?) of taking action on climate change, former supporter (or is he still?) of an “individual mandate,” etc. – Jon Huntsman was by far the most reasonable, moderate, sane, maybe even liberal Republican among the field of extremists currently running.  But now, I’m confused: supposedly liberal Republican Huntsman is embracing the Ryan Plan to dismantle Medicare (and guarantee deficits for decades to come), while supposedly conservative Republican George Allen won’t say where he stands, exactly, on the Ryan Plan.

    Of course, George Allen was also the one who voted 96% of the time with George W. Bush, including wildly irresponsible measures that turned budget surpluses into (massive) deficits. Allen also voted to grow government tremendously, not that we progressives have a problem with that, generally speaking.  Still, it’s puzzling. Perhaps George Allen’s actually the liberal, and Jon Huntsman’s the conservative?  Or perhaps neither is a true conservative, but both are simply pandering to whatever they think voters want to hear?  Anyone have any better theories? Thanks.

    P.S. This was mostly snark/tongue-in-cheek, just in case anyone thought I meant that George Allen might be liberal, progressive, or sane in any way.  To the contrary, the guy’s a cowardly Republican hackazoid, bigot, ignoramus, and career politician, nothing more.

    • kindler
    • pa2vadem

      George Allen and Jon Huntsman appear before King Solomon. The King asked who is the real Republican?  Both men state they are the real Republican. King Solomon than asks, “Would you allow your mother or father to be under the Paul Ryan plan?”  Who ever says yes is the real Republican.

    • Brian

      As a former volunteer on the John McCain campaign of 2000, I was proud when McCain noted his hero was Theodore Roosevelt, and that he noted there was a Pat Robertson wing of the Republican Party that made the Republican Party look bad. That was then, then he needed to win reelection, and be seen as up to date with the Republican Party,and spoke at Jerry Falwell’s University. I read today, in the Washington Post, because of Hunstman’s inexperience in campaign experience, he doesn’t really have a constituency. Sure he’s been great serving the country as Obama’s ambassador to China, I respect him and Ray Lahood for putting country over party.  But, because he’s been doing that, people like T-Paw and Mitt Romney, have been steadily establishing themselves in the presidential primary circuit in Iowa and New Hampshire. Hunstman, made a trip up to NH, and it was clear that, that state is voting for it’s favorite son of New England, in the GOP primary. Now aides,fundraisers, are abandoning him. So, I think he was the Beltways Presidential candidate from the start. A Wesley Clark for the Republicans. Looks good on paper,but, dead in the water, and it’s clear he knows he’s running behind.