An Ambassador Scenario
To all my Republican friends – I’m here to posit a scenario. Imagine that John McCain won the 2008 Presidential election. I know, awesome scenario right off the bat, right? With President McCain in office, McCain decides to be as mavericky as you would expect and taps Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Schweitzer is fluent in Arabic and spent years in Africa, Asia, Libya, and Saudi Arabia as an irrigation developer. His midwestern, moderate temperate would fit in well with a potential McCain administration.
As I said, we have a President McCain and an Ambassador Schweitzer serving in Saudi Arabia. Due to his tenure as Governor of Montana, his years in the United States Department of Agriculture, and his moderate appeal, there were some among the Democratic party faithful who considered Schweitzer to be a potential candidate in 2012 to challenge President McCain. While serving as Ambassador, Schweitzer hinted to aides that he was interested and stateside supporters began to set up a nationwide action network to support Schweitzer. Schweitzer even established a national political action committee, while still serving as Ambassador. After a little under 3 years in his post, Schweitzer resigns his post and arrives stateside to seriously begin his candidacy for President.
Now, as a Republican supporter of McCain, how would you feel? How would you feel as an American? A man while serving in his capacity as Ambassador was plotting to challenge the sitting President. To me, I find that offensive. Schweitzer was serving as Ambassador to a strategic ally. His duty was to our nation – his duty would be to serve our country and represent us to the Saudi Arabian Government to deal with these issues, not politicize.
That’s how I feel about Jon Huntsman. I agree with Erick Erickson’s assessment of Huntsman. This is what bothers me about his candidacy. It’s not his tenure as Governor, he actually did a fine job from what I’ve seen despite his obnoxious views on global warming issues. It’s not his stances on social issues, he’s incredibly pro-life and has passed some important pro-life legislation as Governor. As I said, this is offensive to me. Bottom line, if Huntsman knew he wanted to run for President, he should not have served as Ambassador. His actions bother me and as an American I’m offended. I will vote for him over Obama, if he’s the nominee – but as Erickson said more eloquently, I will not support him in the primary, even if the choice is between him and Ron Paul.
EDIT 06/21/11 10:02 PM: The original post listed Pakistan and had language which implied treason on the part of Huntsman; as pointed out by AJ Nolte of Race42012, Pakistanis speak Urdu, not Arabic. I edited the post to reflect that and change the language regarding treason. I don’t think his actions were treasonous, just offensive.