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Are you ready for Secretary of State Huntsman?

posted at 5:01 pm on November 12, 2012 by

C’mon.

The chances of another early favorite, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, are hampered by Democrats’ fear that Republican Scott Brown, who lost his Massachusetts Senate seat Tuesday, could win Kerry’s seat in a race to replace him.

Officials, however, are pointing to Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor, Obama’s ambassador to China and Republican presidential candidate, and the State Department’s current No. 2, William Burns.

Huntsman is still widely respected by the administration even if he’d hoped to unseat Obama. Choosing Huntsman would allow the president to claim bipartisanship while putting an Asia expert in the job at a time when the U.S. is focusing more attention on the world’s most populous continent.

Choosing someone from the other party is one thing, choosing someone who loudly accused you of weakening America through your foreign policy in hopes of replacing you as president is something else. How would Huntsman transition from the clip below to top diplomat on Team Hopenchange? If anything, with Libya and Egypt crumbling, the U.S. is in a weaker position internationally now than when he first made these comments last year.

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I’m sure Obama will need another “Republican” scapegoat soon. It’s a sure thing.

forest on November 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

On the other hand, he’d almost have to be better than Hillary. The question is whether he’d be foolish enough to take a job where he’d get blamed when things went wrong (and Obama, they are going to go really, really wrong).

Doomberg on November 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

hhahaha.. Scott Brown has these guys spooked!! why not just say that John Kerry doesn’t have the proper gravitas for SOS, but that Jon Hunstman does… John Freaking Huntsman. Nice

gatorboy on November 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Meh. Obummer made his career by scolding Hillary Clinton for a lack of foreign policy judgement because she supported the Iraq war and look where he put her when the primary and election dusts settled.

Valkyriepundit on November 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Bipartisan!!! /s
But seriously, at least he has some kind of practical, real-world, foreign policy experience, and with one of the biggest elephants in the room, no less. Much more qualified than Hillary or Kerry, IMHO.

KS Rex on November 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Huntsman wouldn’t be much more than a puppet, and he would give Obama bipartisan cred and a Republican on which to blame problems.

Still, it’s more likely this rumor was just fed out there to give Obama more of an appearance of bipartisanship with no plans on going through on it.

theperfecteconomist on November 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

NO WAY it is Huntsman. My money is on Kerry because anyone else would just piss him off and Obama needs to keep the troops together in the Congress.

Adjoran on November 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM

A rotten banana would make a better SoS than Kerry.

rbj on November 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Huntsman would dance back from every negative thing he ever said about Obama so quickly we’d think he was wearing tap shoes.

katiejane on November 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

On the other hand, he’d almost have to be better than Hillary. The question is whether he’d be foolish enough to take a job where he’d get blamed when things went wrong (and Obama, they are going to go really, really wrong).

Doomberg on November 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

And the media would tie him to us, despite the fact that he was annihilated in the primary election. I can see the headlines now: “REPUBLICAN SECRETARY OF STATE SABOTAGES OBAMA’S HEROIC EFFORTS TO SAVE THE WORLD.”

Mr. Prodigy on November 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I feel like I should comment here.

I guess I’d be for this.

Abby Adams on November 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I’m always fearful of a politician who seems to want power too much. Huntsman scares me for that reason.

EdmundBurke247 on November 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I would not doubt this. State was the job Huntsman was running for to begin with, but in a Romney administration. Obama needs someone who can give him cover and credibility at State fast. Huntsman doesn’t really care about the policies, he just wants the job.

Rocks on November 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM

George Huntsman would be perfect for the job!!!

trs on November 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

and hill to SCOTUS?

r keller on November 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM

If it means dissing Kerry, I’m all for it. Although it would be nice if Lurch haunted some other countries for a while.

RadClown on November 12, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I think it will be Ron Huntsman. He is actually a Democrat and by appointing him Obama can claim to be bi-partisan without actually conceding one inch to real Republicans.

Valkyriepundit on November 12, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Did I mention that Billy Bob Thornton speaks Chinese?

peski on November 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I feel like I should comment here.

I guess I’d be for this.

Abby Adams on November 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Heh. Yes, we remember.

a capella on November 12, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Why would he pick Milton Huntsman? Kevin Huntsman talked smack about him throughout the cycle. Now William Burns would be a good pick since he is, you know, CAREER FOREIGN SERVICE.

Punchenko on November 12, 2012 at 8:23 PM

WaPo is floating the idea that Jawn “Reporting for doody!” Cary could be the next Secretary of Defense and that Susan “Blame it on the video trailer” Rice will be chosen for Secretary of State. The Dems are riddled with losers.

onlineanalyst on November 12, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Why does my eye feel like it is getting poked?

FlaMurph on November 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Bob Huntsman would much better as SecState than Kerry or the horrible Susan Rice, but then so would a fried cheesestick.

juliesa on November 13, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Juanita Huntshombre is a solid choice. The cabinet needs more females and more latinos.

CorporatePiggy on November 13, 2012 at 9:09 AM

I like Bill Clinton for the job. They could just scratch out Hillary from the stationary.

RINOs are people too on November 13, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Clancy Huntsman has my full support, manzier and all.

ahlaphus on November 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Huntsman is too lean and hungry, methinks. Susan Rice, promoted beyond her wildest dreams and abilities, would be more grateful and more pliable.

claudius on November 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM