THAT’S ONE…. Noting all of the crazed complaints about President Obama encouraging kids to do well in school, Joe Scarborough asked the other day, “Where are all the GOP leaders speaking out against this kind of hysteria?”

I haven’t found any high-profile Republican officeholders willing to denounce the nonsense, but the conservative Republican governor of Utah deserves at least some credit for being a lone, sensible GOP voice.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert supports President Barack Obama’s plan to deliver a televised back-to-school speech to the nation’s students on Tuesday, saying he sees “nothing but good coming out of this.”

Herbert said he favors letting students listen to the speech, and he thinks it will foster a dialogue between parents and their children.

“I think it’s great. To hear from the president of the United States is an important thing,” he said Saturday. “I’d like to hear what he has to say.

“I hope parents will take the opportunity to discuss the issues with their children, hear what the presidents views are and what his vision is for the future of America. If they agree, then explain that. If they disagree, explain to their children why. I see nothing but good coming out of this,” he said.

The governor, who has grandchildren in the Utah school system, said he can’t imagine that they wouldn’t watch the speech.

This sounds like a sane person. What a pleasant change of pace.

The comments help present a choice to the GOP. Do Republicans agree with Utah’s Gary Herbert or Florida’s Jim Greer?

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