One has to wonder if Jon Huntsman’s path to the GOP nomination for the White House will be second only to Newt Gingrich’s for its impossibility? Even Huntsman is admitting in an interview with Politico that the only way he can win is if he aims for non-Republican votes for his primary effort. So, the only way he can win the GOP nomination, even in his own opinion, is if he ignores GOP voters! If this isn’t a joke, what is?

As Kasie Hunt writes for Politico, Huntsman “sketched out a path to the Republican nomination” with the Internet newser that was, “an exercise in needle-threading that hinges on his ability to capture a large swath of independent voters.”

Huntsman told Politico that his strategy relied on focusing on states that have those infamous open primaries where anyone can vote for any candidate as opposed to those primaries where only voters registered to the party the candidate is representing can vote for that candidate.

“These are wide open primaries, we forget that,” Huntsman said, predicting an independent turnout in New Hampshire as high as 40 percent. “[I] think, given the fluidity of the race in these early states, that we stand a pretty good chance, and we’re putting that to the test.”

Amazing. It is simply a joke that a candidate can only win a Party’s vote by finding support out side that party. I mean, what does this say about how liberal the Huntsman candidacy is perceived as being?

But Huntsman’s candor was too much even for his staff. Before Politico went to press the Huntsman campaign contacted them and tried to back track a bit on what their own candidate said.

Later in the day, John Weaver, Huntsman’s chief strategist, sought to clarify the ex-governor’s intentions by saying: “We intend to do well, in New Hampshire and South Carolina and Florida, among Republicans – and every indication that we have, early on, is that we will do so. Now, the fact that a candidate can attract independent votes is a good indication that they can be more viable in a general election. And at the end of the day, this is about beating Barack Obama. But our goal is to do well – extremely well – among Republicans.”

Oopsie. Jonny spoke a little to straight, didn’t he?

Huntsman is also going to try hard to make a dent in the South Carolina primacy. Politico finds this quixotic since his liberal campaign will not likely sit well with the extremely conservative primary voters in the Palmetto State.

However, there is nothing very odd about Huntsman’s need to do well in SC. For one thing, the GOP winner of the SC primary has gone on to win the nomination in every election since 1980. But without this win, a win with conservatives, Huntsman does not have a chance. That is why he is staking quite a lot there.

He will not prevail in South Carolina, suffice to say. After all, he went on to shoot himself in the foot even during this very interview. Huntsman told Politico that the GOP was making a mistake by refusing to negotiate on tax hikes.

So, Huntsman is a tax raiser.
He’s a cap and trade supporter.
He’s a global warming religionist.
He was for the stimulus.
He was for the bailout.
He is for a precipitous pull out of the middle east…

… and how is he different than Obama, again?