The typical viewer of the news shows might come away thinking Trump's potential Secretary of State pick, Rex Tillerson, is the worst choice ever because he got along so well with Vladimir Putin. Tillerson even received some sort of Russian friendship award.
The opposition seems to be based on the theory that if Tillerson becomes Secretary of State he will put this personal relationship with Putin ahead of the USA.
But shouldn't Russians be just as worried that Putin would put his friendship with Tillerson over his love for Mother Russia? Somehow they don't seem worried about that.
As for Tillerson, Exxon shareholders weren't disturbed by the relationship because obviously it had to be good for Exxon. The idea that he would put his relationship with Putin over his loyalty to the company seems absurd. The same principle applies to the Secretary of State post. To think that Tillerson would put his love for Putin over his loyalty to the USA requires the kind of conspiracy theory only partisan politics can bring out.