1. Campaigns 101

    Why Huntsman Has Flopped

    WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 25:  Republican presidential candidate Gov. Jon Huntsman leaves the stage after speaking to students at George Washington University October 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. Huntsman jokingly offered comedian Stephen Colbert the vice presidential nomination during an appearance on "The Colbert Report" last night.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Win McNamee

    Tired of the media hype surrounding Jon Huntsman’s margin-of-error presidential candidacy? No? Good, because The New York Times’s Ross Douthat explains today why the well-credentialed Republican has failed to gain traction. It’s not that he’s a moderate—his record is more conservative than much of the field—it’s that his campaign has cast him as a smarter-than-thou centrist. He alienated the base by picking fights over evolution and climate change, and allowed his campaign manager to call GOP leaders “a bunch of cranks.” Douthat concludes: “Voters don’t necessarily need to like a candidate to vote for him, but they need to think that he likes them.”

    Read it at the New York Times