Tuesday, May 10, 2011

RedState: Huntsman "Plotted" Against President of U.S. (by Deciding to Run for President Himself) While Serving as Ambassador to China

Of all the reasons I've seen for not supporting Jon Huntsman for the GOP nomination for President (and I've read some compelling ones as well as some ludicrous ones), Erick Erickson of Red State provides the stupidest reason I've come across so far.

By this logic, Thomas Jefferson would be unfit to receive Erickson's vote for President. I mean, he decided to run for President against John Adams while serving as Adams' Vice-President (not to mention all his machinations while serving as Washington's Secretary of State). Although the position of VP has been unfavorably compared by one occupant of that office to "a bucket of warm spit/piss", it is (since one is next in line to the Presidency), arguably, a more important position than Ambassador to China.

I don't know, maybe Erickson does feel that way about the 3rd President, as well. Mr. Jefferson certainly has his detractors.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Huntsman PAC Launched - Does This Mean Pro-Life Former Utah Gov is Running?

Is Jon Huntsman the 2012 GOP Dark Horse?

Why is Jon Huntsman Considered a "Moderate"?

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At 5/10/2011 9:45 AM, Blogger Paul Zummo said...

Yeah, that's pretty weak tea. The more substantive objections to Hunstman, primarily on the enviro issues, are much more compelling. There's no evidence that Huntsman was in any ways less effective in his job because he was thinking about running for president, and he resigned as soon as he became more serious about running.

As for TJ, there's a reason they ratified the 12th Amendment. The original plan was one of the few glaring design flaws of the Constitution.

At 5/10/2011 10:23 AM, Blogger Daniel C. said...

I read the same thing yesterday. Yeah...weird. Worse then the "he's a nasty Mormon" objections.


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