A Better GOP, Not A Third Party

U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman listens ...

Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman (Pete Souza) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jon Huntsman Criticizes Republican Party, Compares Actions To Communist China.

I’m glad Jon Huntsman is speaking out like this, and I wish more Republicans would. To me the key graf is this one:

“Gone are the days when the Republican Party used to put forward big, bold, visionary stuff,” Huntsman said during the February interview with MSNBC that got him disinvited from the RNC fundraiser. “I think we’re going to have problems politically until we get some sort of third-party movement or some alternative voice out there that can put forward new ideas.”

I think too much has been made of the “third Party” comment. The real issue is not the creation of some rump third party that will split the vote, but a unified effort to take the Republican Party back from the Neocon/Social Conservative axis that has yanked it to the reactionary right and let it ossify.