What is next for Huntsman?

By David Rogers

The primaries are over and we are left with few questions to ask. Spencer Cox is in and will likely win the gubernatorial race. Jon Huntsman, at least for the moment, is out. We no longer need to explore the why’s of the Huntsman campaign. Why did he feel the need to step back in as Governor when he so quickly bailed for the national stage last time? Why, with all of his national and international experience, did he focus back on our state? The whole “service” ethic does not quite wash. There are always other reasons, usually related to power and control of wealth and resources. But those questions are put to rest, for now. The obvious question is, what is next?

Many Utahns are breathing a sigh of relief at the primary results. If Huntsman was to crash back in as a write-in candidate, it would be very clear his interests were self-centered, as it would throw the general election into chaos. The relief also stems from the fact that Huntsman is not really a Republican. Much like Mitt Romney, he is a left-leaning pseudo-centrist disguised as a conservative. In that sense, we may have dodged a bullet, all other aspects of the man being considered.

Most people in Huntsman’s position, with his wealth and long record of accomplishment, might be looking elsewhere other than the increasingly tumultuous political arena for satisfaction. There are a number of business and humanitarian concerns revolving around the Huntsman Empire that would certainly benefit from his presence. The same reason Huntsman should consider retiring from the political arena is the same reason President Trump should have one more term, then fade quietly into history. Career politicians eventually are consumed by the system.

Trump was miraculously elected to office because an American public was tired of career politicians and bureaucrats exercising ever-increasing overreach into their lives. It seems to be a disease that professional politicos all contract to one extent or another. Trump is shaking that system up, big time, as a non-invested, blunt instrument of an outsider. It is not a bad thing to introduce a little disinfectant into a festering wound. And the virulence of reaction against him is ample testimony to the effectiveness of his agenda.

Lifelong swamp creatures (of which Joe Biden is a prime example) hate having their swampish doings interrupted. Huntsman had his run, adapted to the structure, and racked up some fine accomplishments. Maybe he is hoping Washington will come calling again. Maybe it is time for him to focus elsewhere. Cox has been around for a while but has functioned mainly in support roles. He should be fine for another four to eight years before any “mad-cow” political disease catches up with him.

We should all thank the past Governor for his service and wish him well in future endeavors. Let’s hope those endeavors are more corporate and charitable than they are political. He would undoubtedly be successful in sharing his experience and benevolence in those arenas while retaining the legacy of a favored son.

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