The reason I will never, ever support Jon Huntman is simple: While serving as the United States Ambassador to China, our greatest strategic adversary, Jon Huntsman began plotting to run against the President of the United States. This calls into question his loyalty not just to the President of the United States, but also his loyalty to his country over his own naked ambition.
It does not matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat. Party is beside the point here. When the President of the United States sends you off to be Ambassador to our greatest strategic adversary in the world, you don’t sit around contemplating running against the very same President you serve. It begs the question of did you fully carry out your duties as Ambassador or let a few things slip along the way hoping to damage the President? Likewise, it begs the question of whether our relations with China have suffered because the President felt like he could not trust his own Ambassador?
And don’t tell me that Jon Huntsman was not thinking of running for President and contemplating that while still in office. On May 5, 2009, the Washington Post reported McCain adviser John Weaver was giving Huntsman strategic guidance on running in 2012. This came before Huntsman went to China.
As this paragraph notes, Huntsman was widely known to already be considering a presidential bid before he left for China. It would therefore follow that President Obama -- ever the savvy political fellow -- knew full well that Jon Huntsman, an ambitious politician, might be contemplating a run at him several years later...and appointed him to the important post anyway.
Unless and until evidence is produced that Huntsman knowingly and unethically colluded with a domestic political team while in China, or that his political maneuvering in some way interfered with his sworn duty to zealously and loyally represent the United States in Beijing, accusations of disloyalty seem misplaced and unfair.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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