Jon Huntsman, whom I have never heard of before today, was once the governor of Utah and has worked in the Obama Administration for the past two years (he was ambassador to China). He has also just announced his candidacy for president as a Republican.
The warmth and acclaim being afforded Huntsman from the left means he is dead on arrival to the national election scene. We have been expecting some RINO to appear and be praised to the heavens by the left as the greatest GOP candidate ever, or painted as the candidate most likely to cast fear into the hearts of Democrats everywhere, in an attempt to make Republicans like the guy. The Daily Beast loves him; Harry Reid endorses him; Chris Matthews is probably getting a new thrill up his leg.
The left's real reason for praising Huntsman: he is a weak candidate whose nomination would give Obama a better chance at reelection. He is an unknown who hasn't said much on issues most important to conservatives -- though he has mouthed off a bit too much on his love of the Green movement, or as we like to call them, the Luddites.
Jon Huntsman, "the candidate that Democrats fear most." Yeah. R-i-i-i-i-ght.
Read Time's fantasy here.