Huntsman Got Obama’s Call Because He’s Good, Not Because He’s a Threat

There were, inarguably, some very compelling reasons for Barack Obama to choose the Republican governor of Utah to be his ambassador to China.
For one, John Huntsman has experience in the region (he was ambassador to Singapore in 1991 and 1992), is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and can make a meaningful contribution to the formulation and execution of Obama’s China policy. Also, he’ll bolster Obama’s effort to give his administration a bipartisan feel—especially in the wake of the Judd Gregg debacle a few months ago.
But here’s what Huntsman’s selection is not: a shrewd maneuver on Obama’s part to remove a potential G.

Huntsman Got Obama’s Call Because He’s Good, Not Because He’s a Threat