10.28.11

Huntsman Girls Go Viral

The former ambassador to China may have a line in lame jokes but his three daughters score a hit with a parody of the now-famous Herman Cain smoking campaign ad.

Jon Huntsman may be known for his awkward sense of humor, but his daughters are killing it on the campaign trail.

Mary Anne, Abby, and Liddy, all stylish twentysomethings with a penchant for snark, have been chronicling their campaign misadventures with a lively Twitter feed called @Jon2012girls. Originally created to let their friends know where they would be stumping for dad on any given day, the feed has attracted nearly 6,000 followers and turned its authors into minor celebrities among the political chattering class.

It helps that the Huntsman girls seem allergic to the hyper-polished talking points that dominate presidential campaigns, sharing photos of themselves planking and sarcastically complaining about the campaign’s decision to relocate headquarters from Florida to New Hampshire (“Thanks dad.”) After their father appeared on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report, they tweeted: “FYI @ColbertReport has heated toilets in the green room. #hotbuns.”

They also seem to take special pleasure in needling the clean-cut, well-starched Romney camp. On October 11, for example, they tweeted at Romney’s son Tagg: “Want to tailgate for the next debate? Vegas wild. We’ll bring the godfathers, you bring the diet coke.” Then they added, “Mormon tabernacle choir can DJ.”

“How does Romney know anything about China? He’s only been there once and that was for the Olympics. Panda Express doesn’t count.”

And while live-tweeting the Bloomberg debate last month, they proved more effective than their dad at delivering off-the-cuff zingers “How does Romney know anything about China? He’s only been there once and that was for the Olympics. Panda Express doesn’t count.”

Now, it seems, the Huntsman trio has taken their talents to YouTube, with a parody of Herman Cain’s viral-but-not-in-a-good-way campaign ad that famously features Cain’s mustachioed chief of staff staring menacingly into the camera as he takes a drag from his cigarette.

The Huntsman girls were able to scrounge up some fake facial hair for the video, but apparently they weren’t willing to light up. Watch below to find out what they replaced the cigarettes with:

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