Echoing the Dish, Ezra Klein wants presidential handicappers to focus on conditions rather than candidates. He argues that the 2012 conditions won't be kind to GOP moderates like Huntsman. But 2016 might be different:
The sort of election Huntsman could win and the sort of election he seemed to be preparing himself for when he took the Obama administration's offer of a job is a 2016 race where the retiring Obama is quite popular in the country, and the GOP is willing to make some fairly serious sacrifices to win back power. In that world, Huntsman can offer both some level of continuity and some level of change.