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The Best Republican for the Job

This week the Republican stirred-up brouhaha about Nancy Pelosi being briefed and knowing about CIA torture activities threatened to engulf the Obama administration in the type of polarizing conflict the president desperately wants to avoid. After all the recriminations thrown back and forth you would expect the president to attack as well. Instead, what does he do? He appoints a prominent Republican to be Ambassador to China!

No ordinary president. This president truly believes in bipartisanship.

Barack Obama nominated the best Republican for the job that he could find: Jon Huntsman, Jr. Huntsman is the governor of red-state Utah, a Mormon, someone who was cochair of the recent McCain's Presidential Campaign and who many believe was thinking of running for president in 2012 or 2016.

Amazing! Not only is Huntsman a Republican, he speaks a fluent Mandarin Chinese!

You would think that Republicans would be unhappy aboout this. NO. Senator Kyl, a prominent conservative Republican, told Stephanopolous:

No. He's a very capable guy. He speaks Mandarin Chinese. He had a post in Singapore similar to this in the past. He is very experienced. He is knowledgeable about trade issues. And I think it's great to have a highly qualified person like that.

And to the fact that the president reached out to appoint a Republican is a good thing. I'm not at all disappointed. It's, I think, good for the United States.

Bipartisanship works. It helps bring people together so they can solve problems. It also may be used as a tool to strengthen a party for the long run. Here's how Politico puts it:

The appointment is freighted with intrigue, and looks like political genius by the White House: It's like John Edwards or John Kerry joining the Bush administration in 2001. And the GOP is left with no leading moderate voice. Huntsman was talking about immigration, the environment and gay rights in ways that would have gotten him endless elite media coverage in the run-up to 2012. Some Huntsman advisers realized that GOP primary voters might be more prepared to accept his views in 2016, after a 1964-like cataclysm in 2012. But at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, it was clear he was interested in running this time.

By choosing the right Republican for the job, President Obama calmed the waters, advanced his foreign policy goals and assured a long reign for the Democratic Party.


Posted by Paul Siegel at May 17, 2009 7:02 PM
Comments
Comment #281694

It’s a good decision made by a Our President paul, I applaud it i think Huntsman will do well I also applauded when president Clinton appointed William Cohen as Secretary of Defense.

Posted by: Rodney Brown at May 17, 2009 8:23 PM
Comment #281698

Great decision. Why would you think any Republicans would be unhappy?

Posted by: Christine at May 17, 2009 9:24 PM
Comment #281704

Whats the big deal? Repubs have always been the smartest choice for foreign policy. Seems like a no brainer.

Conservatives just need to weather the “Obama” storm and win back the values voters and it looks like the country is finally coming back to their senses:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-abortion-poll16-2009may16,0,3897855.story

Posted by: mike at May 18, 2009 4:18 AM
Comment #281706

Go Go BHO

Now if he appoints Rove to Zimbabwe and Limbaugh to Wheredafucisthatastan we can clear the air even more.

Posted by: bills at May 18, 2009 8:40 AM
Comment #281714

Zimbabwe = Damn Shame. = “And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control”.

Posted by: Rodney Brown at May 18, 2009 10:56 AM
Comment #281725

Maybe congress should take the Presidents lead and try to get along and work together so we can get this country back on it’s feet.

Posted by: KAP at May 18, 2009 4:31 PM
Comment #281791

I have a letter from Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. thanking me for being an outstanding state employee. He actually signed it himself and wrote a personal note. Our previous governor had a signiture stamp that his secretary used any time he sent a letter to anyone.
Governor Huntsman has class, people out there!

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