he’s one of the most qualified Americans alive [for State]. But his qualifications aren’t at issue; his philosophy is.
He then gives folks with experience as examples before adding a few like Sessions who get closer to philosophy. Then he tries to assign the (tactical) philosophy of pro-Russian and really pro-Putin to Rex. It is messy.
Having spent most of our career in a College of Business interacting with other colleges and disciplines, we have often been the target of anti-business bias. It seems that French’s real complaint beyond the fact he was appointed by The Donald (French is a never-Trumper) is that Rex has a business background.
His boss, Rich Lowery could have been talking about French when he said:
Like much of what Trump does, the military [replace military with business for French] selections have inflamed people who pride themselves on their knowledge and discernment into flights of self-discrediting outrage.
We are inclined to support The Donald’s picks and are glad he has sprinkled in some business talent. We really haven’t come to a conclusion on Rex but the weakness of the assaults on him are reassuring. A comparison of Rex to the last two people to hold the Secretary of State position is also reassuring.