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So what am I so afraid of?

Obama's campaign manager fears Jon Huntsman the most in 2012

There is one republican presidential candidate that President Barack Obama's campaign manager fears the most in 2012...and his name is Jon Huntsman Jr.

This week for Governor Huntsman, good things are coming in threes.

Not just the fear from the Obama campaign, but also an important phone call and a weekend spent testing the waters in a key primary state.

While no republican presidential candidate yet makes Obama's team "shake in {their} shoes...," President Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, now says Governor Jon Huntsman makes him, a "wee bit queasy... I think he's really out there speaking a lot of truth about the direction of the party."

To which Kirk Jowers of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics says, "Huntsman has positioned himself in a great place right now because he is the only presidential candidate really running in the middle right now."

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Huntsman Rising, Weaver Advising

Less than 24 hours after Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's national profile received a nice -- and unexpected -- boost from the man who managed President Obama's 2008 campaign, comes words that John Weaver is providing strategic guidance to the governor.

Weaver, who refused to comment when reached by the Fix, was long known as the political consigliere to Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), riding herd over McCain's first presidential bid in 2000 and then laying the groundwork for a second bid in 2008 only to part ways with the Senator before the campaign ever really got underway. Huntsman was a prominent supporter of McCain even as his father, a billionaire businessman, threw his support behind former Gov. Mitt Romney. (Romney as well as both Huntsmans are Mormons.)

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I know that the idea of Huntsman hiring an old McCain buddy probably makes people want to barf, BUT Weaver was McCain's super BFF (like, his Rove or Axelrod) when they ran against Bush, and they had a big falling out in 2008 when it was clear McCain had abandoned his ~maverickiness~. He went on record saying that Rove was a smear artist who approved the "illegitimate child11" attacks back in 2000 and called McCain's celebrity tactic against Obama "childish" and hypocritical since McCain himself had taken advantage of his own post-Vietnam celebrity for his entire career.

So basically, he's Republican who actually has standards! Just like the governor! LET THE LOVE CONTINUE UNABATED.
Tags: david plouffe, john mccain, jon huntsman
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