Huntsman Daughter: Where Is The GOP Primary’s “Knight In Shining Armor”?
1:45 pm, February 29th | by Laura Donovan
Ever sat around wondering, “When will I get my knight in shining armor?” (Or am I the only adult besides Charlotte from “Sex and the City” who does that?)
Abby Huntsman Livingston, one of former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman’s daughters, is mulling over the same thing — with regards to the Republican primaries.
In a Wednesday column for The Huffington Post, the self-proclaimed PR and media professional asks “what’s taking so long” for the GOP to pick a primary contender:
“At this point in 2008, Senator McCain was the clear front-runner, with no talk of a brokered convention. Not the case today. While Governor Romney may not be the strongest of candidates (for a multitude of reasons), no one can argue that he hasn’t ‘done enough’ to have the nomination wrapped up. With the establishment behind him, an endless list of endorsements, a perfectly organized campaign, and enough money to take on President Obama in the fall, why are his advisers now warning donors and supporters to prepare for an expensive, long and brutal fight for the presidential nomination? And, more importantly, why is this election cycle so uncertain compared to primary fights of years past?”
Huntsman Livingston alludes to the ongoing battle among primary candidates — mainly between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney — and suggests that the new RNC rules could explain the delay.
“The new rules may slow down the primary process and ultimately make it more difficult for Republicans to get elected, but it properly vets candidates’ ability to communicate their message and it gives lesser-known candidates the ability to introduce themselves to the voters,” Huntsman Livingston writes. “If the old delegate selection rules were still in place, Santorum would have had a very difficult time enduring the early Romney and Gingrich wins.”
This column comes a day after Romney won both the Arizona and Michigan primaries, so it’s probably safe to say he’s the top dog for the election. He may not be a knight in shining armor (although he does look like one!), so she’ll just have to settle for “Mr. Good Enough” this election season.