My June 21st blog was titled: ‘My Bet is on Huntsman’.
Since declaring, he has been kept out of the limelight, either by decision of the media, or by his own strategy. It has been amusing to see how, every once in a while, his name would be mentioned, followed by the dismissive comment that nobody knows who he is.
Of late, his name has been mentioned more often, and he has even been shown campaigning. A little.
Last night he got full exposure with a bantering yet probing interview by Piers Morgan, which both men seemed to enjoy.
Huntsman enumerated all the strengths that I had, culminating with his service as President Obama’s ambassador to Peking. The second part of the interview will air tonight at 9 p.m.
The face to face - as opposed to brief clips - revealed him to be a white version of Obama, matching him in intelligence and balance, yet jocular where Obama is pondered, feisty compared to no-drama-Obama.
At this point in time, I’d wager that the Republican grownups are a little less distraught, while Obama must be wondering whether it was clever of him to send Huntsman to China - no wild goose chase, it turns out.