Bruce Bartlett, who was an official in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, says the rise of Donald Trump could be a catalyst for change for the GOP – which could include the political resurgence of Jon Huntsman, Jr.
There’s absolutely no leader for a Republican Party that I could support. I was interested to notice just today that Jon Huntsman’s family has bought the Salt Lake City Tribune. He was kind of the last guy to run for president on a genuinely moderate platform. [John] Kasich has moderate rhetoric, but his policies are just as hardline as all the others. So maybe Huntsman will reemerge as a voice of some kind in the party. For years I’d been hoping that Colin Powell would step up, but he obviously is not going to do that. I don’t know. If there’s demand, somebody will supply it.