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June 20, 2011

The Immaculate Political Conception

The New York Times Magazine has a must-read profile of Jon Huntsman, who will formally announce his presidential bid tomorrow.

"It's hard to believe that Huntsman didn't encourage any of this in some tangible way from Beijing, perhaps through back-channel contacts. (Axelrod, who is helping to build Obama's re-election campaign, mockingly calls Weaver's version of events the 'political immaculate conception.') When I asked Huntsman directly, he told me that he had been thinking of 2016 when he made his comments to Newsweek. It was only when he began to get e-mails from relatives in the United States that he realized that there was now speculation about his plans and that Weaver had taken it upon himself to lay the groundwork. Huntsman said he had assumed that 2012 wasn't an option for a guy who had been out of the country for two years, but that was before he had a sense of just how uninspired Republicans seemed to be by their choices."


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