In the GOP debate last week, what if Jon Huntsman had refused to raise his hand in favor of blanket opposition to tax increases?
A friend from the center-right, who I will call Captain America, and I had a conversation earlier and concluded that Hunstman would have lost Iowa in the same way he will lose Iowa after raising his hand. However, he would have awakened the roughly 75% of the GOP that is okay with revenue increases to his campaign. He would have made inroads in New Hampshire and possibly won. His momentum would have carried him into South Carolina where he would place much higher than expected. And then who knows? He might not have won the nomination, but he wouldn’t be the guy that only a handful of moderate Republicans will remember in future years as the candidate that sort-of, kind-of represented the center but about whom everyone else forgets.
Alas… he raised his hand.