By Roger Stone

Can't attack Obama
Donald Trump's flirtation with a Presidential bid proved you have to take Barack Obama on frontally to compete with him in a run for the White House. John McCain's campaign tactic of praising Obama as a great American and great Senator "with whom I disagree" was a loser in 2008, and still is today. To win in 2012, the Republican nominee must call the President out for what he is - a fraud and disaster. Obama doesn't understand economics, he has no business or free-enterprise experience, and he is spending trillions in Libya and Afghanistan without a goal beyond re-election. I'm not sure which Republican candidate can do this, but I know Jon Huntsman can't because he was part of the White House leadership team. How can Obama's Ambassador to China get in the face of the man he so loyally served? It would be like Henry Cabot Lodge returning from service as Ambassador to Vietnam to run against Lyndon Johnson who sent him there in early 1968. The challenge has no credibility. Frankly, that is a shame because Huntsman's politics are attractive and so is he. Huntsman's primary opponents will eviscerate him if he get's any traction. "If Obama is so bad - why did you work for him and carry out his policies?" In a 2016 bid against Joe Biden or some other liberal Democrat, Huntsman would be attractive indeed, but not in 2012 against Obama. Donald Trump highlighted Obama's trade policy, which permits China to take advantage of America. Huntsman never objected as he implemented the China policies of this Administration. Challenging Obama on China is one of the keys to beating him, yet Huntsman cannot do this with a straight face. In fact, Obama advisor David Axelrod stuck a shiv in Huntsman when he said that, when he was in China in the fall of 2009, he had a chance to talk with Huntsman. "He was very effusive about what the president was doing. He was encouraging on health care. He was encouraging on the whole range of issues. He was a little quizzical about what was going on in his own party. And you got the strong sense that he was going to wait until 2016 for the storm to blow over." Huntsman's father Jon Huntsman Sr. was a major Nixon fund-raiser and donor who served as a White House Aide under President Richard Nixon and served as Utah's Republican National Committeeman. He is a wealthy and savvy man and the key to how much Huntsman family money Jon Jr. squanders on a bid that is certain to fail. The budget busting woes of the McCain campaign pissed away $18 million on expensive consultants and staff before landing on the ropes. This feat will certainly be repeated if Huntsman campaign maestro John Weaver, who drove McCain into a ditch, has his way. Compensation for Huntsman campaign staff is already said to be extraordinarily high for the market. Of course, Huntsman's business world connections will allow him to raise significant campaign cash beyond his own stake. But how much will be fleeced from Huntsman's coffers before Huntsman Sr. turns off the spigot?