President Jon Huntsman?

Since the 2008 election, Republican leaders have been playing an odd game of musical chairs. Mitt Romney has altered the game so that instead of running when the music starts, he sits calmly in his gold-covered chair, only shifting his position when it comes close to election time. Sarah Palin gave up her chair, but she claims she can play the game even better without one. Newt Gingrich prefers book-publishing to chair-chasing, but his supporters have saved him a chair anyway. And Michael Steele is currently redesigning the chairs in the hope that his bottom will be the only one that properly fits.

But despite these antics, the game still mirrors the one first graders play: one player loses a chair each round.

This week’s dropout is Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. — President Obama’s pick for ambassador to China.

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