The most interesting part of Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign is its office drama. Huntsman vowed he would win the New Hampshire primary Thursday just as he admitted he'd fired the staffer in charge of the campaign in the state, the Associated Press reports. Earlier this summer, Huntsman fired his campaign manager, and a consultant went on the record to complain that Huntsman's chief strategist had created a toxic work environment. Huntsman is averaging 1.3 percent in national polls, and 3.7 percent in New Hampshire. On the Today show Thursday, Huntsman complained that his fellow Republican candidates were offering "drama but not solutions." But drama, unfortunately, appears to be the most exciting thing Huntsman has to offer.
His announcement ceremony was considered dull. He made little impact in his first debate appearance. He portrays himself as the responsible Republican, but everyone knows the designated driver is no fun at all at parties. The most interesting thing the candidate's done so far is scold Rick Perry via Twitter for not believing in global warming. Wednesday, Huntsman released a detailed jobs program meant to preempt President Obama's big jobs speech next week. Slate's Dave Weigel notes the plan offered a fairly radical restructuring of the tax code, eliminating the earned income tax credit, which helps people who don't make much money. Sounds like smart thinking, really. Yawn!