Following his earth-shattering tweet on Thursday stating that he believes in the principle of evolution and trusts the scientific community on global warming, GOP presidential candidate and Mormon motorcycle enthusiast Jon Huntsman continued to embrace reality this morning on ABC. When asked by Jake Tapper about his heretical beliefs, Huntsman said, "The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party—the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012." Somewhere, someone's Truck Nutz just exploded.
When asked to comment on varmint-shooting prayer pusher Rick Perry's comments about Ben Bernake acting "treasonous," Huntsman got in a jab at his rival: "I don't know if that's pre-secession Texas or post-secession Texas." Haha! That's funny because one of the people who is running to become the next president of the United States suggested that his state secede from the union.
As for cyborg congresswoman Michele Bachmann's promise to magically lower gas prices down to $2/gallon, Huntsman was just as puzzled as us. "I just don't know what—what world that comment would come from," he said. "We live in the real world. It's grounded in reality. And gas prices just aren't going to rebound like that." NOT WITH THAT ATTITUDE.
Given that Huntsman has had trouble distinguishing himself from the rest of the candidates, it makes sense that he would needle his opponents. But it's also a sad reminder of how obscene Republican dogma has gotten if these comments are considered fightin' words. And Huntsman continued to protect the biggest Republican sacred cow, rich people, by complaining about getting rid of the "regulatory monkey" (does it look like this?) on our backs and advocating for a flatter tax code like the one he instituted in Utah. That tax code of course benefits rich people at the expense of poor people. Rich people like Jon Huntsman. Some things will never change.