With less than two years before the next presidential election, the GOP establishment has yet to close ranks behind a single candidate. Who do top Republicans like for 2012? More importantly, who don't they like? The Atlantic Wire looks back at this week's showings of non-support, largely aimed at Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich.
- Former New Hampshire governor and state GOP chairman John H. Sununu knows what Granite State conservatives like in a presidential candidate. And he doesn't think former Utah governor and current China envoy to China Jon Huntsman has what it takes. "Huntsman won't play well here," Sununu told Real Clear Politics. "Huntsman won't play well anywhere, because Huntsman's only barely a Republican...We're not going to nominate an Obamaite. And I will make sure the Republican Party does not nominate an Obamaite."
- Huntsman wasn't the only 2012 contender to be called out by Sununu. Sununu also slammed Newt Gingrich for "justifying a carbon tax" in a commercial with Nancy Pelosi. "There's no way he's going to win a Republican primary with that hanging around his neck, Sununu declared. "[A]nd he's going to learn that pretty quickly."
- Already on the record that the former Speaker is the "last person" who should be president, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn reiterated his opposition to Gingrich's pseudo-candidacy, "Having served under him in the House, he's probably not one that I would choose to support in a presidential primary," Coburn told C-Span. "We need somebody that's soft and wide-eyed open and is stable and learned and is going to consistently bring us together rather than alienate us."
- If Huntsman does run, he won't have the support of his home state's senior senator. Orrin Hatch made that clear in an interview with the The Herald Journal of Logan. "I've been committed to Mitt from day one," Hatch informed the paper. "So even though I am very close to the Huntsman family and like Jon Jr. very much, they know that I've been committed to Mitt. I can't change that commitment. My commitments mean something."