Such joy! Hillary Clinton constantly in the news.
Such joy! Bill Clinton constantly in the news.
Hillary and Bill Clinton constantly in the news is a buzz-kill for those high on Hopium. For us, it’s ambrosia.
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What are the latest developments in the Hopium buzz-kill story, otherwise known as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?
The Huffers and Puffers, the Farkers and gafters are all staring at each other in bewilderment, buggin’, because Obama thinks Hillary Clinton is the change we need. Well, at least Obama is saying he thinks Hillary is the Change We Need – the distinction being what Obama says and what Obama does. What Obama says versus what Obama does (hey, don’t forget FISA, or Alice Palmer).
Once off the Hopium, the realization strikes that Obama cannot be trusted by friend nor foe. He simply can’t be trusted.
Here’s today’s news in the wonderful world of Hillary:
It’s not a done deal, Hillary just might return the Obama snubs in kind:
Hillary Rodham Clinton isn’t certain she would accept the Secretary of State post even if Barack Obama offers it to her, several people close to the former first lady say.
Press reports that portray Clinton as willing to accept the job – once the Obama transition team vets Bill Clinton’s philanthropic and business ventures – are inaccurate, one Clinton insider told Politico.
“A lot of the speculation and reporting is out ahead of the facts here,” said the person, who requested anonymity. “She is still weighing this, independent of President Clinton’s work.”
Clinton, the person said, remains deeply “torn” between the possibility of serving in Obama’s cabinet and remaining in the Senate to “help pass health care and work on a broad range of domestic issues.”
Stay in the Senate Hillary and fight for healthcare. Fight Barack Obama’s 15 Million Lies. Fight for genuine and true UNIVERSAL health care, not the mess Obama proposes. Hillary, remember what Paul Krugman wrote about Obama’s destructive health care plan:
I recently castigated Mr. Obama for adopting right-wing talking points about a Social Security “crisis.” Now he’s echoing right-wing talking points on health care.
What seems to have happened is that Mr. Obama’s caution, his reluctance to stake out a clearly partisan position, led him to propose a relatively weak, incomplete health care plan. Although he declared, in his speech announcing the plan, that “my plan begins by covering every American,” it didn’t — and he shied away from doing what was necessary to make his claim true.
Now, in the effort to defend his plan’s weakness, he’s attacking his Democratic opponents from the right — and in so doing giving aid and comfort to the enemies of reform.
We need you in the Senate Hillary, to fight for universal health care. As a go-to voice in the health care debate you will be able to derail Obama’s destructive health care plans which give aid and comfort to the enemies of reform no matter what your formal title may be (one reason Obama fears you and wants you out of the Senate where you are only answerable to citizens of New York State).
Ted Kennedy, added to today’s Hillary-centric news:
Senator Edward Kennedy named fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton to lead a working group on insurance coverage in the effort to write health-care legislation.
Kennedy, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, said in an e-mailed statement today that Clinton will head one of three groups developing ideas for health system changes. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa will lead a group on prevention and public health, and Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland will work on improvements in medical quality.
It will be interesting to see if Ted Kennedy remains part of the Obama cabal of Dean/Brazile/Pelosi or if he is stabbed in the back by Obama on universal health care – an issue Ted has long advocated. Why Ted chose today to name Hillary to a working group on health care is a mystery possibly solved by invoking the names Kerry and/or Richardson.
On the “we must help Obama succeed” front, Chris Matthews was caught not napping but rather, snorting Hopium:
Matthews, who once opined that men who supported Clinton were “castratos in the eunuch chorus,” forgot the cardinal rule for those who are often mentioned on Page Six – he didn’t take a good look around on the Acela train from Philadelphia to Washington Saturday before he started bad-mouthing the New York senator.
An avowed Clinton lover who was sitting next to Matthews reports: “He was in business class wearing a red baseball hat that said Penn on the back, and the fat [bleep] fell asleep on the train and snored with his mouth open.”
During the ride to DC, Matthews awoke from his nap. A fellow passenger asked him, “What’s the news tomorrow?” – to which Matthews loudly started talking about President-elect Barack Obama possibly picking Hillary as his secretary of state.
“I don’t understand it,” Matthews bellowed. “Why would he pick her? I thought we were done with the Clintons. She’ll just use it to build her power base. It’s Machiavellian. And then we’ll have Bill Clinton, too. I thought Obama didn’t want drama. He’s already got [chief of staff Rahm] Emanuel and [transition team leader John] Podesta. He’ll have even more drama with her.
“She’s just a soap opera. If he doesn’t pick her, everyone will say she’s been dissed again, we’ll have to live through that again.”
“I though we were done with the Clintons” moans Chris Matthews. Poor Chris, a lot of Hopium eaters are groaning the same thing. For us it’s ambrosia.
Here’s Chris and “I am not obsessed” Hitchens, obsessing last night:
If there is a strong case for Hillary as Secretary of State it is to watch Hitchens and Matthews and Kerry and Richardson combust in rage after hearing such an announcement.
The Guardian last night said it was a done deal. Bill Clinton and all his good works is being set up as the fall guy by the Hopium pushers from Chicago. Bill is reported to be supportive of Hillary joining him in his world travels as Secretary of State.
Bill is happy but Chris is not and the Hopium addicts are getting “bummed out”.
Barack Obama’s serious flirtation with his one-time rival, Hillary Clinton, over the post of secretary of State has been welcomed by everyone from Henry Kissinger to Bill Clinton as an effective, grand gesture by the president-elect.
It’s not playing quite as well, however, in some precincts of Obamaland. From his supporters on the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, to campaign aides of the soon-to-be commander-in-chief, there’s a sense of ambivalence about giving a top political plum to a woman they spent 18 months hammering as the compromised standard-bearer of an era that deserves to be forgotten.
“These are people who believe in this stuff more than Barack himself does,” said a Democrat close to Obama’s campaign. “These guys didn’t put together a campaign in order to turn the government over to the Clintons.”
Poor creatures. Only now are they realizing that Obama needs a lifeline called Hillary.
Only today, on the anniversary of the Jim Jones Cult of Death suicides, do the Hopium eaters shake slightly awake.
Obama trashed Hillary (and Bill) during the primaries, but that was just talk. For Obama, talk is cheap.
An overlooked theme in Obama’s primary victory was his belief that the Clinton legacy was not, as the Clintons imagined, a pure political positive. The Obama campaign had no compunctions about poking holes in that legacy and even sent out mailings stressing the downside of the last “8 years of the Clintons” – enraging the former president in particular. [snip]
“The other question is the old rule – never hire somebody you can’t fire. What happens if her views and his views don’t mesh?”
“The silver lining, for those of us who are skeptical, is that it drastically limits the number of other Clinton administration alums that he can appoint, and that’s a blessing,” Kuttner said.
Robert Kuttner, a Clinton hater, said Hillary’s appointment would block more Clinton alums even as yet another Clinton alum (Eric Holder) was rumored to be the next Attorney General (this was a job poor Johnny Edwards had his eye on).
The poor Hopium addled are confused, wandering the streets, bumping into walls:
“During the campaign there was a lot of agreement and correspondence about how the grassroots felt about the Clintons and how the Obama leadership felt,” he said. “There’s a bit of a divergence now. They’re confused that the guy they elected . . . because we need to go in a different direction on the world stage” might choose a secretary of state with whom he had some of his sharpest foreign policy disagreements during the primary campaign.
It’s great to have Hillary in the news. Still, Obama cannot be trusted by friend nor foe.
It is possible that the entire alleged Secretary of State offer was a complete feint by untrustworthy Obama. We’ve discussed the pros and cons of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and still think – Obama cannot be trusted. As we have written previously, Obama wants to squeeze the life from his rivals, remove the threat posed by his rivals – to ream his rivals.
We’ll support ready on Day 1 Hillary whatever her decision is on this matter. But we do think Hillary should remain answerable only to the people of New York State as a U.S. Senator.