Monday, August 14, 2006

The Governor's Ambition

Pignanelli/Webb asked why Governor Huntsman endorsed Senator McCain for President. Many people's first thought was that Governor Huntsman was looking for a cabinet position. But consider The Governor knows that the cabinet will not advance his career. It lasts a few years max, and comes with little long- term political clout. Governor Huntsman wants Senator Hatch's job. He can be Senator Huntsman until he dies. Or until he does what Senator Hatch tried but failed to do... find the next rung on the ladder.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ethan-
why such the political hater?

8/15/2006 02:01:00 AM  
Anonymous jackjack said...

'cause Hatch was an embarassing presidential primary candidate, that's why.

8/15/2006 05:15:00 AM  
Blogger Reach Upward said...

Unless Huntsman does something really stupid, he would be a shoe-in for Hatch's job. That is, if Hatch ever retires. He may be trying to outdo Strom Thurmond.

But the U.S. has lately been more into electing former governers as president than electing former (or current) senators. This may sound cynical, but perhaps Huntsman thinks that a Romney (Mormon) presidency might make it more difficult for him (another Mormon) to run for the job on Romney's heels. He may think that it would be easier to follow a President McCain.

8/15/2006 08:58:00 AM  
Blogger Oldenburg said...

Poor Jim Matheson, his one chance at a Senate seat would have to come against the guy that clocked his brother?

I hereby trademark that race as "son of gov"

Maybe both Jim and John Jr. will get lucky and they can have a non-agression pact when both Hatch and Bennett retire in quick succession.

8/15/2006 09:40:00 AM  
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8/15/2006 09:40:00 AM  
Blogger CapitalCarnage said...

Gov. Huntsman is a diplomat. Always has been and always will be. He wants to be secretary of state I promise you, and with all the foreign policy problem right now if he can be successful it will launch his career into the stratosphere.

8/15/2006 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger Mike Ridgway, Salt Lake City said...

Ethan's saying what I've been saying since that really interesting Tribune article in August 2005 where the governor talked about what a terrible state party chair Joe Cannon has been for the Republican Party, but then said that since Orrin wanted Joe to orchestrate his re-nomination at this year's Republican convention, that he would go along with Orrin and let Joe serve a third term.

"It was disastrous. The tone and the tenor and impact that it had more broadly on the body politic was disastrous," Huntsman says. "It hurt the party." ... Next year, the governor says, he will step in to stop such "slash-and-burn tactics." But for now, "I'm going to defer to Sen. Hatch" on party leaders. (Salt Lake Tribune, Sunday, August 21, 2005, page A1.)

Couple that with the fact that Huntsman publicly "endorsed" Senator Hatch in his re-election bid all the way back when Steve U. was still a candidate in the race.

Still not seeing the picture? Do the math.

2006 + 6 = 2012, the year that Orrin will have completed his sixth and final term in the Senate.

2008 + 4 = 2012, the year that Huntsman will have completed his second and final term as governor.

What's Jon-Jun going to do then? Run for president against Mitt, McCain, or Hillary as one of the above makes his/her bid for a second term as president? Join some presidential team four years after it takes office? You really think, CC?

8/17/2006 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger CapitalCarnage said...

No, I think we will have four years of Gary Herbert. If McCain wins Governor Huntsman will leave and join his cabinet immediately. Gov. Huntsman’s Sec. of State credentials are impeccable compared to other major players who could take the post. He is a seasoned diplomat, (as his service in south East Asia proves) he is fluent in Chinese and he and McCain see eye to eye on most issues. The Gov. is not ever going to be president and he knows that, so what’s the most prestigious cabinet post he can take? Why do you think he was an ambassador in the first place? While Senator is a very respectable office it does not compare with the chief diplomatic office in a time of war.

P.S. Does anyone else see the connection with this endorsement and all the current talk about clarifying the constitution with regards’ to gubernatorial succession?

8/18/2006 12:03:00 PM  

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