Right now President Obama’s team is trying to kill Jon Huntsman with kindness, pointing out that he was a loyal member of the team when he was Ambassador to China. That may hurt his quest for the GOP nomination, but it could come back to haunt Obama down the road.
Jazz Shaw writes at Hot Air that Team Obama is walking a very fine line when it comes to Huntsman.
All of the video clips making the rounds showing President Obama praising Huntsman will certainly be widely employed ammunition for the rest of the GOP field. But in the unlikely event that he somehow nabbed the nomination, those same clips would hobble the president in the general election. It would be fairly hard to start questioning the man’s credentials after heaping that kind of praise on him.
In the end, this is probably just an early indicator that the media is beginning to pay more attention to Huntsman as a possible contender, even if most of the conservative base isn’t. But if they’re looking to build a case against him, they’re going to need to do a bit better than this.