Townhall columnist Byron York mentions Huntsman's support for cap and trade and civil unions as troublesome for fiscal and social conservatives. But, so does Mitt Romney, one of the early frontrunners for the GOP. What's different about Huntsman? York points to the company Huntsman keeps:
Huntsman's top campaign aide is John Weaver, who was John McCain's top campaign aide in 2000 and in the early stages of the 2008 campaign -- campaigns that often raised the ire of the GOP base. (Weaver has also worked for some Democrats.) Other McCain veterans have signed on with Huntsman, as well. Still others, like Mark McKinnon -- the aide who worked for McCain in the 2008 primaries but left because he did not want to campaign against Barack Obama -- also favor Huntsman. (McKinnon is a co-founder of the "No Labels" movement, much derided by conservatives.)
Important? I think so. Remember the 2008 campaign, when asked what an Obama administration would be like, Obama replied,
Judge me by the people with whom I surround myself.What we got was a group of czars drawn from the Progressive extreme left who have been busying themselves releasing a veritable avalanche of new regulations.
So, what about Huntsman?
Huntsman, in addition to unwisely supporting cap and trade legislation as governor, has associated himself with the Obama administration as an ambassador, and has formed a campaign team drawn from a liberal GOP group that advised not only McCain but also Democrats (Weaver) or were sympathetic towards Obama (McKinnon).
So it is apparent Huntsman is surrounding himself with people who are to the left of the GOP and—using the yardstick mentioned earlier by Obama—we can reasonably expect a Huntsman administration to promote policies reflecting that leftist bias; definitely not what this country needs.