Huntsman's resume had suggested he could be a major contender for the Republican presidential nomination: businessman, diplomat, governor, veteran of four presidential administrations, an expert on China and foreign trade.
But the former ambassador to China in the Obama administration found a poor reception for his brand of moderate civility that he had hoped would draw support from independents, as well as party moderates.
Weep with me for the insanity currently ruling the Republican party
Unfortunately for Jon Huntsman, now some other GOP candidate will have to advance a tax plan where he, Jon Huntsman, would effectively never pay income tax ever again.
Fortunately for Jon Huntsman, all of the other GOP candidates are doing exactly that! Because Jon Huntsman's "moderate civility" all came down to him being polite and respectful. It certainly didn't have anything to do with his policy positions, which were extremely Republican in all the worst ways.