Next U.S. Ambassador to China: “I’m no real expert on China”

Let’s give Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) some credit. At least he didn’t try to completely bullshit his way through the confirmation process like George Tunis, who will serve as the next U.S. Ambassador to Norway.

But Baucus, who has been tapped to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to China, said something yesterday that you don’t want to hear from diplomatic nominee. He admitted yesterday during his confirmation hearing that he is “no real expert on China.”

Politico reports that Baucus is expected to sail through to confirmation process. After all, it’s not like Republicans can block an unqualified nominee, thanks to Senate Democrats going nuclear on the filibuster. There has been some speculation that Baucus, who wasn’t seeking re-election, was nominated to give the likely Democratic nominee in the Senate race a better chance of holding the seat and, quite possibly, control of the chamber.


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