All the 2012 talk today is centered on former Utah governor Jon Huntsman as a potential 2012 Republican candidate for president. It's an interesting option because Huntsman is a moderate (he's the Obama administration's current ambassador to China), he's from a prominent Mormon family (already, pundits are wondering if Huntsman will split Nevada's large Mormon vote with Romney during primary season), and, like just about every other Republican nominee wannabe on Earth, he dislikes Mitt Romney a whole lot (though Huntsman's dad was a Romney supporter in 2008, Huntsman himself was an avid John McCain man). Most outlets expect Huntsman to resign his ambassadorship in the spring to pursue the nomination.
In other Romney news: Though Obama's outgoing adviser and incoming 2012 campaign bigwig David Axelrod calls the Republican race the most "unfathomable" in his lifetime, he did have some strong words for Mitt:
He pointedly praised one of the leading contenders, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, in a way that spotlighted Romney's vulnerability within the GOP for signing a state health care law that parallels the new federal law in some ways.
Romney "did some interesting things there on health care, you know," Axelrod said. "We got some good ideas from him."
When even the Democrats are linking Romney with Obama's health care reform, you've gotta figure two things: 1) Mitt Romney's weak spot is as huge as the proverbial barn door; and 2) Axelrod is on some level worried about Romney as a candidate.