Not since Maria Montez played a Bagdad beauty in the 1944 screen adaptation mess of A Thousand And One Nights has there been so much irrelevant commotion. We refer of course to the rumors of Hillary Clinton as a potential Secretary of State.
In upcoming weeks and months many will exhaust their energies discussing Obama appointments. Is this one good, is that one bad, what does this name mean, what does that mention portend? We remember that in the George W. Bush White House only one appointment mattered – Karl Rove.
The Obama “political” office will, like the Bush political office, run things.
Hillary Clinton will do what Hillary Clinton will do and we wish her Godspeed. As history teaches us, Hillary’s “responsibility gene” might influence her into taking a position she is more than able to do well in. Hillary is aware that the country is in peril and that she is ready on day 1, whereas Obama has only bamboozling words.
However, the “responsibility gene” should listen to the “reality gene“. The bottom line is that in this retelling, Hillary should beware of falling in with Ali-Bama and his Forty Thieves. And these are his thieves.
So beware Hillary.
Obama might not want Hillary to be around when he kills health care or else proposes a non-universal health care plan that will eventually doom any hope of ever achieving genuine universal health care in the United States.
Already we have seen how Obama allies like Ted Kennedy want to keep total control over the health care process and intend to freeze Hillary out. We’ve already heard one of the forty thieves, Nancy Pelosi, in her first post election news conference declare that Dimocrats have to “manage expectations” and that many promises made during the campaign will have to at least wait if not be completely abandoned.
Obama might also want to humiliate Hillary and force her to meet with the rogue leaders he had promised to meet without preconditions in his first year. Irrelevant theories abound:
The best reason for Obama to be looking for a place in his cabinet for Clinton is simple: to get her out of the Senate. Just ask George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter what it was like to have a once or future presidential rival in the Senate serving as a one-person Roman tribunal. Remember how easily the press gravitated to John McCain in ’01 or Bob Kerrey in ’93 or Ted Kennedy in ’77 to allow them to be one-senator judge/juries on Administration proposals? The upside for Obama putting Clinton at State (or even the Pentagon) is that it gets her out of the Senate and gets her out of the domestic policy debates. Also, one other thing to keep in mind if Clinton does end up at State, she’ll be off the political circuit; it’s considered unseemly to practice politics while serving in one of the big cabinet posts, especially at State or Defense. So this would mean no more Hillary on the stump for candidates, no more Hillary raising money, no more Hillary collecting chits.
Yon Obama has a lean and hungry look when he observes Hillary’s popularity. Yesterday, CBS News released an analysis of the exit polls. The result of the CBS News analysis:
As voters left the polls on Election Day, many were asked how they would have voted if the election match-up were between Hillary Clinton and John McCain rather than Barack Obama and McCain. 52 percent said they would have backed the former Democratic candidate; 41 percent would have voted for McCain, wider than Obama’s 7-point margin over McCain.
Interestingly, 16 percent of McCain voters said they would have voted for Clinton, the Democrat, if she had been her party’s nominee.
Obama knows Hillary is more experienced and won more primary votes and would have won more general election votes than he.
Obama also does not want Hillary watching and protesting as he loots the American economy for his friends, in the same way George W. looted the American economy for his friends. And there is no question, the American economy is being looted.
Yet for all this activity, no formal action has been taken to fill the independent oversight posts established by Congress when it approved the bailout to prevent corruption and government waste. Nor has the first monitoring report required by lawmakers been completed, though the initial deadline has passed.
“It’s a mess,” said Eric M. Thorson, the Treasury Department’s inspector general, who has been working to oversee the bailout program until the newly created position of special inspector general is filled. “I don’t think anyone understands right now how we’re going to do proper oversight of this thing.”
In approving the rescue package, lawmakers trumpeted provisions in the legislation that established layers of independent scrutiny, including a special inspector general to be nominated by the White House and a congressional oversight panel to be named by lawmakers themselves.
The Republican gang of 40-plus thieves will soon be leaving Washington.
The Dimocratic gang of 40-plus thieves will soon be taking over all of Washington.
The Dimocratic gang of 40-plus thieves don’t want Hillary around – watching.