The Republican rump gets purer:
President Barack Obama plans to name Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr., a rapidly rising star in the Republican Party, as ambassador to China, a senior administration official said.
The move is freighted with political intrigue. Huntsman, who speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, quickly emerged after November as one of the leading moderate GOP voices.
Huntsman is often mentioned as a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2012, although some of his advisers think the party primary voters will be more prepared to accept his moderate views on the environment and gay rights in 2016.
Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but this just seems like good news for the country. Huntsman may be to the right of what many Democrats would like in an administration appointee, and while my knowledge of him is limited to what I have read about him the past few months, he seems like a sane, capable person with whom reasonable people can have disagreements and someone who will be a very good public face for our country.
Additionally, I look at this as preserving the seed corn of the GOP. The current virus of crazy teabagging Palinite theocon wingnuts has to burn out sooner or later (one would have thought they would have already collapsed, exhausted by their hate, sheer stupidity and the weight of their own internal contradictions, but sadly, that group of crazies seem to have a little bit of life in them still), and if we can save the sane portions of the Republican party and reintroduce them to the wild, unscathed from the current taint at a later date, the better off we all are. No one is served by one party rule, and I can already see fault lines forming within the chaos of the Democratic party and
their our (forgot I was a registered “D” for a second) underlying inherent weaknesses (see also E.D. Kain). Unless my judgment is as bad as it was in 2000 (and let’s face it, I’m still an idiot, just now I have a bigger audience), in 2016 Jon Huntsman could be the face of a rational opposition party.
We can hope, providing he accepts.
(via the comments)