MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. ““ Jon Huntsman will drop out of the GOP presidential race Monday morning and endorse Mitt Romney, POLITICO has confirmed. Huntsman will endorse Romney in a speech at 11 a.m. Monday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
National politics isn’t Utah and the man proved to have no national political talent or touch.
Jon Huntsman just never got it and his intellect, policy prowess and experience was never communicated in a manner that could resonate. He may have been handsome, but he had no charm.
The other fact that he never defined himself as the Republican conservative, but decided to make the colossal miscalculation of trying to win independents before he got the nomination, is nothing new. Politicians make this mistake all the time.
But it came down to the diplomat not having the chops or the instinct for the game of presidential politics. He was also positively tone deaf.
When Stephen Colbert is polling higher than you are there really is no other choice.
Americans Elect is still hunting for a candidate, but Huntsman’s endorsement of Mitt Romney kills that deal, though it’s not clear he could maximize that opportunity anyway, because this first run at the title has been a disaster.