The young pragmatist wing of today's Republican party has felt rather homeless in the early phase of the 2012 campaign. And that's why newly announced presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman could be emerging as the candidate of choice for younger GOP activists concerned that the tea-party movement could kill the party's chances in the 2012 general election.
Take yesterday's presidential announcement speech from the former Utah governor. More or less on impulse, a young GOP activist named Stephen Richer decided to gather a bunch of buddies to roadtrip up to New Jersey for the event, expecting a handful of his DC-based peers to join in the entourage.
But not long after Richer, a 25-year-old Utah native who works as a policy researcher in DC, started an email thread to discuss the plan, he had recruited an entire network of College Republicans itching to make the trip. And then he realized: We're gonna need a bigger car.
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