Let us talk some Republican turkey. The new supercommittee is the growing list of women calling Herman Cain an abuser. Rick Perry is the biggest presidential belly-flop since Fred Thompson, whom I respect far more than Perry. Two of the three finalists will almost certainly be Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. The big question is whether this could be the time for Jon Huntsman to be the thinking person's conservative alternative to Romney and the third GOP finalist.

First, I promise you that the one Republican that President Obama and the White House have always feared is Huntsman. Huntsman is presidential, conservative but temperate, commander in chief-ready, knowledgeable about business and foreign trade and experienced as a highly acclaimed governor and former aide in the Ronald Reagan White House.

Give Romney this: He is credible as a potential president. Herman Cain, by contrast, is laughable.

The problem for Romney and the opportunity for Huntsman is this:

Sometimes I think we should review Mitt Romney's birth certificate to determine whether he is actually human, or whether Romney is a perfectly sculpted "Stepford Wives" candidate who is actually a computer hologram programmed to tell each audience what it wants to hear, at any given moment.

It is true that Romney has been a liberal, a moderate and a conservative. It is true that he once paraded around Massachusetts telling liberal groups in closed meetings that he wanted to move the GOP to the left.

Mitt Romney will say the perfect thing, the perfect way, at the perfect time, with the perfect smile. But everyone knows from his long history that his commitment to principle is so shallow and tactical that if circumstances change Romney is capable of saying the exact opposite of what he said the day before. And he will speak his new position, even if it contradicts his previous position, by saying the perfect thing, the perfect way, at the perfect time, with the perfect smile.

The play for Jon Huntsman to conservatives is not that he is to the right of Romney (who knows where Romney will be tomorrow?), but that Huntsman is Huntsman, with a long track record of high consistency, high purpose and high achievement in high posts.

Huntsman can make this big play in one of two ways. First, he can come in second in New Hampshire, which is possible. Or second, he can write himself a big campaign check and survive in the race until the other contenders for the non-Romney candidacy are clearly out, and then go head to head with Mitt.

When I think of Jon Huntsman's chances, I think of the great speech made at the end of the film “The American President” by the Michael Douglas character, who says America has serious problems that demand serious leaders.

America does have serious problems. America does need serious leaders. Jon Huntsman, to his great credit, is a very serious man. He will be the same serious man on Friday that he was on Thursday, a standard Mitt Romney will never meet.

This is Huntsman's case. It is a qualification that ought to be worth something, even in our low-standards politics today.