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ETT SÄKERT tecken på att en kampanj har stora problem är när interna problem börjar läcka ut till media.

Jon Huntsman har dåliga opinionssiffror. Dessutom saknar organisationen pengar och en tydlig politik. En lång rad medarbetare har redan lämnat kampanjorganisationen.

Hans främste kampanjstrateg John Weaver har hamnat i blåsväder sedan Huntsmans vän och rådgivare David Fischer lämnade kampanjen för att sedan gå till media för att berätta om kaoset.

Johnatan Martin på Politico:

Tensions within presidential campaigns, especially those struggling to find traction, are common. But the ferocity with which Fischer and others attack Weaver and the extent they went to disclose sensitive internal problems is not merely the stuff of a power struggle. It’s illustrative of a campaign that has been thrown together on the run and is comprised of figures who hadn’t even met the candidate before he returned from China this spring, working alongside those who have known him for much of their adult life.

The problem for Huntsman, of course, is that all this high-decibel public squabbling undercuts his main rationale for winning the GOP nomination — that the former Utah governor offers the level-headed competence and executive experience needed to unseat President Barack Obama. Not only that, but voters might wonder how he’d bring civility to public discourse — another Huntsman promise — if he can’t do the same inside the four walls of his campaign headquarters.

Dessutom har Huntsman varit tvungen att attackera sina republikanska motståndare för att överhuvudtaget märkas. Sheryl Gay Stolberg på bloggen The Caucus skriver:

[Huntsman] has worked to cultivate a reputation as “the civility candidate on the campaign trail for his refusal to attack his opponents. But this week, with his poll numbers stuck in the single digits, he has been stepping up his rhetoric, first against the Republican front-runner in many polls, Mitt Romney, and Wednesday against President Obama.

On Tuesday, he said his Republican rivals had shown “very little leadership” in the debt-ceiling fight in Washington, and singled out Mr. Romney for not making his views known until the last minute. The silence was “telling,” Mr. Huntsman said.

Att Huntsman skulle lyckas bli republikanernas presidentkandidat ter sig alltmer osannolikt.

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KOMMER HON att kandidera eller inte? I november 2010 skissade John Heilemann på ett scenario för hur Sarah Palin skulle kunna bli republikanska partiets kandidat inför presidentvalet 2012.

Vad som har hänt sedan artikeln skrevs är att Michele Bachmann har klivit in i ringen. Till skillnad från Palin har hon redan meddelat att hon vill bli partiets presidentkandidat.

Politiskt och ideologiskt ligger de två väldigt nära varandra. Skulle Palin därför tillkännage att hon står till förfogande skulle båda konkurrera om exakt samma röster inom Tea Party-rörelsen och bland de kristna socialkonservativa väljarna.

[T]he tea party and its populist brethren seem likely to emerge as the new Christian right, only more powerful—not merely exercising an effective veto over any nominee but altering the underlying dynamics of the race. “There will be two simultaneous primaries: a mainstream-conservative primary and a primary in the anti-Establishment wing of the party,” says John Weaver, McCain’s guru in 2000 and the early part of his run in 2008. “And then there’ll be a playoff down the road between the winners of the two.”

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Beyond the intensity of her grassroots following, Palin would bring to the race two other significant advantages, the first being the calendar. That she would be the prohibitive favorite in Iowa, where the caucuses are dominated by Evangelical voters, is considered a given by most strategists. But, in fact, all of the first four states might provide fertile ground for Palin.

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Palin’s second advantage, nearly incalculable in its scale and implications, is her ability simultaneously to drive and saturate the electronic media, new and old—the way that cable chronicles her every twitch, that with a trifling tweet she often earns 24 hours of breathless nonstop coverage. “It’ll be something that we’ve never seen before,” says John Weaver. “Obama wasn’t like that until the general election.”

Övrigt: Tidskriftsomslaget ovan är från den 1 november 2010. New York har samlat sina omslag här.

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NU HAR ÄVEN Jon Huntsman officiellt tillkännagett att han ställer upp som presidentkandidat.

Inför ovanstående video släpptes tre teasers6 Days, 4 Days och Tomorrow – på endast 26 sekunder var. Alla tre med samma tema: en ensam man på motorcykel korsar ett rostfärgat dallandskap – underförstått på väg för att tillkännage sin kandidatur. Ganska häftigt.  

Alex Altman, Washington korrespondent för Time, skriver;

The former Utah governor was introduced by a 3-min. 16-sec. video created by ad maven Fred Davis, in which a now familiar biker slashes through an ochre valley as a narrator heaps compliments on Huntsman, “the ultimate conservative.” Again, it portrayed him as the cool kid. “This guy is different,” it said. “This is a guy who can win.”

Huntsman’s entrance was carefully choreographed. He arrived with his wife and six of their seven children, each wearing a different bright color, a kaleidoscope of all-American good looks. They slowly crossed a grass lawn, pausing awkwardly to gaze at a statue, and then Huntsman was onstage, flanked by fluttering flags, with the Statue of Liberty standing sentry across the harbor. It was the same spot where Ronald Reagan kicked off his general-election campaign three decades earlier, and Huntsman’s aides hoped to recapture the magic with a grand gesture that positioned Huntsman as an heir to Reagan’s legacy. “I’m a big believer that the only way to beat Barack Obama is to go bigger than him,” says John Weaver, Huntsman’s top strategist. “That’s one of the primary differences between us and our rivals.”

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