Originally Posted by SoCalBronco
Huntsman had a chance to win the nomination IF....IF he was willing to ask his Dad to dig deep into his pockets. Huntsman Sr. could OVERWHELM Romney financially....and Romney has at least a quarter billion in assets and probably alot closer to half a billion. That doesnt hold a candle to the Huntsman family's assets. For whatever reason, they decided not to put the Huntsman family money into this race.
Yes, its true the base wouldn't like him, but they don't like Romney either and never have and he still won the nomination relatively easily.
Obama's too strong a candidate. Huntsman would probably be beating him in national polls, but he wouldn't swing PA, MI, OH, WI, IA, or VA where Obama is stretching his lead.
The Obama campaign predicted the key swing states years out, built powerful ground games, and have been doing unofficial campaigning in those states for a long time now. Coupled with the auto bail out specifically helping most of those states and you see a strong reason why no GOP candidate had a real shot this cycle.
To that end, I'm betting that the Huntsmans understood this and this is why they spent a small amount of money to get some name recognition out there, which will be followed by a much larger effort in 2016, especially if Hillary doesn't run.
Christie is in an economic quagmire and might lose his job to Booker before he even gets the chance to run for POTUS. Jeb Bush has a toxic family legacy and it reinforces the equally toxic American Royalty stigma. Ryan will now be DOA after being a poor VP candidate. The landscape on the GOP side isn't very strong when you think about it realistically. Huntsman could begin running in earnest much sooner this time around and would have the major early primaries lined up and soaked in money well in advance.