My point is that an ambassador is strictly speaking a functionary with no executive authority except over the operations of the embassy itself, and that is a major step down in influence and authority from being the chief executive of even the smallest of states.
No one, when looking for presidential material, inquires whether someone has been the ambassador to anywhere, with the possible exception of ambassador to the U.N.
The first and foremost consideration is whether someone has been the governor of some state, second whether he/she has been a United States Senator, third served a significant leadership role in the House of Representatives, fourth commanded the military during a World War, perhaps fifth other types of executive, legislative, and foreign policy experience.
So while I agree that this position polishes Huntman’s presidential resume to some degree, it certainly seems to me like skipping out on the state to be a non-elected official with much less influence than the White House press secretary.]]>
tim: I couldn’t agree more.]]>