Former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China, Jon Hunstman, Jr. has begun his potential run for president in 2012. A 5-day swing through New Hampshire is going well, with Huntsman slamming Obama on economic issues as well as the trumped-up military action in Libya. Huntsman has gone on the record now supporting the Paul Ryan plan for the 2012 budget, opposes unconditional increases to the debt ceiling and is basically getting his name out in the public.

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With the current batch of GOP candidates stumbling about between gaffes, Huntsman could be one of several late-comer dark horses whom may emerge later this year as real contenders. Sarah Palin is far from writing herself out of the picture. Indiana governor Mitch Daniels is also flirting with a possible run. With recent polls showing that some 59% of Americans believe they are worse off now economically than they where in 2008, Obama is clearly beatable, if the right candidate can emerge with the right message.

If Jon Hunstman, Jr. doesn’t thrill you, but guns and gun laws do, check out Mikeb302000 for another of his articles on the matter of our 2nd Amendment Rights. For more about Obama and his dissing of Israel, Powerlineblog has a piece about Obama clearly supporting jihadists in Arab Spring. NetRightDaily has a piece today about Congress playing games with the Debt Ceiling issue. The folks at Althouse warn of another media attack, this time on Mitt Romney.

Our friends at The Lonely Conservative have an article about how Muslims in America prefer Bush to Obama. Trevor Loudon writes more about how Obama, Soros and Progressives are out to destroy America. More about the arrest of IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn at The Volokh Conspiracy. And finally, more about Obama′s Middle East speech yesterday at The American Spectator.

But I am keeping an eye on Jon Huntsman, Jr. who is campaigning in New Hampshire, seeking the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. He has an impressive resume of private sector, domestic politics and foreign policy experience. How the current group of Republican candidates will stack up against Huntsman, or any of the other late comers like Sarah Palin or Mitch Daniels, remains to be seen. Clearly, Mitt Romney is the most vulnerable should Huntsman begin to build any momentum.