NYT: “Jon M. Huntsman Jr. informed his advisers on Sunday that he intends to drop out of the Republican presidential race …”
Treachery, it seems, is not a winning platform on which to launch a campaign. The Times continues:
Voters also seemed wary of a candidacy by a man whose most recent service was to the very many he now wanted to oust. Fawning letters that Mr. Huntsman wrote about Mr. Obama’s leadership did not help that case.
The real reason for Huntsman’s exit, however, it seems almost banal to note, was no doubt Steven Colbert’s decision to form an exploratory committee to consider a race for the presidency. The first big news out of his campaign, of course, was that he was polling ahead of Huntsman in South Carolina. Reuters:
A new poll in which the satirical talk-show host is theoretically pitted against the actual Republican presidential candidates finds Colbert ahead of Jon Huntsman in South Carolina.
That could be a foreboding sign for the former Utah governor, who joked that he would benefit from “The Colbert Bump” after guesting on “The Colbert Report” in October.
Who will be next to fall to Colbert Rising.