OK, it wasn’t as bad as Newt Gingrich’s debut. But Jon Huntsman’s long-awaited jump into the 2012 presidential race yesterday was a pretty rocky road.
First, even before he was introduced, the generator went out, shutting down the sound system. Then the staff handed out press credentials with his name misspelled – as J-o-h-n, instead of J-o-n – and with the wrong location of the event – New York, instead of New Jersey.
On his official campaign website, meanwhile, his phone number was listed as: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10. Obviously, done before the official phone number had been awarded, and never updated.
When Huntsman stepped up to podium, he appeared nervous and read every word of his statement – hardly the charismatic, energetic, movie star candidate we’d been led to expect.
Then, after the event, his staff led the press corps to a plane for Saudi Arabia, instead of for New Hampshire.
Oops! Clearly, Jon Huntsman’s campaign is not ready for prime time. And he doesn’t look like he is, either.
Political commentators say Huntsman may have the best chance of any Republican of beating Barack Obama in November 2012.
Problem is: he has to win the Republican primary first. And that’s a long shot, at best.
That’s my parting shot for today.