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“You can’t just say no. You can’t just obstruct or obfuscate. Instead of just kind of grousing and complaining, it would do us all a whole lot of good if we actually started engaging directly in finding compromises and common ground and shared solutions.”
– Republican Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman in an interview with ABC News

Huntsman is also in favor of civil unions, which has ruffled quite a few feathers in the GOP. So much so that he was recently uninvited from an event in Michigan because of it.

From UPI:

Kent County, Mich., Republican Chairwoman Joanne Voorhees canceled the party fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, which was to be attended by Utah Gov. Jon Hunstman Jr., The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday.

“The voters want and expect us to stand on principle and return to our roots,” Voorhees was quoted by the Grand Rapids Press as saying in an e-mail. “Unfortunately, by holding an event with Governor Huntsman, we would be doing the exact opposite.”

GOPers, do know that Huntsman represents the future of your party and folks like Voorhees will keep you in the minority for a long, long time. Because it’s not like he doesn’t have a lot of core conservative values, both fiscally and socially. He simply recognizes the gay marriage/civil unions fights for what it is: lost.

In other words, time to find some common ground.

  • http://sidewaysmencken.blogspot michael reynolds

    Huntsman has been on my radar for a while because I had some indirect dealings with him. Smart guy. Kind of like a human version of Romney.

  • http://dcbark.blogspot.com Upton

    Huntsman’s turn to change parties? :-P

  • benny

    he supports civil unions, not gay marriages. Its different.

  • ExiledIndependent

    There’s an odd either/or mentality in the GOP right now. It’s either “hardcore right” or “compromise.” Compromise means that neither party involved gets what they want. What’s missing from the GOP message (and frankly, the conservative message right now) is the third solution: clear, well-articulated, realistic ideas that propose a better option. That tends to take a level of insight, courage, and energy that is mostly lacking amongst Republicans right now. So while I 100% agree with the first two lines of Huntsman’s quote, the last half of it is missing that critical element.

  • kranky kritter

    Common ground is a good place to start. It’s sort of a sad measure of the current state of affairs viz-a-viz the prevalence of partisan douchebags that this notion qualifies as some sort of astonishing insight.

    Saying nice things about common ground is sensible, and encouraging. And, let’s face it, easy. At least when compared to actually, ahem, finding it. So I invite this guy to follow up and go find some. Godspeed. Start with healthcare reform, please. Or it that’s too hard, social security solvency.

  • Alistair

    sadly it would be next to impossible for him to get the GOP Presidental Nod if he would run in 2012. This party is too polarize.