Thursday, December 15, 2011

The US primaries make me shake my head

Here is an email sent out today by Jon Huntsman's campaign

Friends,
We have exciting news to share tonight.
A Suffolk University poll just released a few minutes ago shows Governor Huntsman surging in New Hampshire, jumping into third place with 13 percent of the vote.
This poll confirms that Governor Huntsman’s message of restoring trust in Washington, ending bailouts for too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks, and eliminating crony capitalism is resonating with voters who are fed up with politics-as-usual in Washington.
This comes on the heels of a new Wall Street Journal poll that shows Governor Huntsman’s support steadily rising across the nation. The American people are desperately searching for a principled leader who can unite Republicans and Independents to defeat Barack Obama next November. As the L.A. Times noted earlier today, people are now beginning to recognize Jon Huntsman as that leader.
Now we need the resources to defeat Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
This evening we are launching a new fundraising push and asking all of our supporters to make an immediate donation of $10, $25, $50 or more to help our campaign reach our goal.
Your immediate donation will help us take advantage of our rising poll numbers and give us the resources we need to set up phone banks, contact voters and distribute campaign literature across New Hampshire. Please click here to help make a difference at this critical moment.
Thank you for your continued support of Governor Huntsman!
Standing proudly with Jon Huntsman,
Matt David
Campaign Manager
Surging into third place with 13%.   I find this sort of hyperbole amusing.   Polling 13% is pathetically low and will get you nowhere.   This really is grasping at straws.  Also one poll is not a surge, especially when he has been polling between 7% and 11.3% for the last few weeks.   The poll was also a very small sample size, only 400.  Finally, his polling elsewhere sucks.

That said, the more I read about Jon Huntsman, the more I am liking him.    This should really be a warning to the Huntsman campaign because I have this tendency not to favour politically mainstream candidates.  I am iconoclastic and like the outsiders, assuming they are sane, smart and open minded.  I end up backing people that lose elections.  
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