Much has been made of the hurdle he faces as a moderate in a primary system that rewards staunchly conservative views. Not enough has been made of how odd the definition of moderate has become. Huntsman opposes abortion rights. It’s not same-sex marriage he favors, just civil unions. Yes, he believes in climate change, but that doesn’t make him moderate. More like sentient. And when candidates at the Ames, Iowa, debate were asked if they’d accept a deficit reduction plan with $1 in tax increases for every $10 in spending cuts, he stood with the pack in saying no. Taxes were out of the question. Moderate? Only by the warped yardstick of these wacky days.
-- Frank Bruni