No stake, no political death
Posted by aogFriday, 21 November 2008 at 17:05 TrackBack Ping URL

OK, sorry, one more —

The word on the street is that Senator Hillary Clinton has accepted the position of Secretary of State for the Obama Administration. Tammy Bruce is upset about this because

She officially surrenders her independent political power and will officially carry the water for a misogynist who bullied her out of the race in the first place.

Personally, I read it differently. Who is going to be the White House Chief of Staff, the guy who routes people around and decides who sees the President? Why, Representative Rahm Emmanuel, one of former President Clintons top political operatives and hatchet man. Who is filling the rest of the Obama Administration? Mostly Clinton retreads. So, you’ll have President Obama, who made a career of being a sock puppet, surrounded by and his access controlled by a crew made of Clintonites who play hard ball politics at a level way beyond Obama.

I suspect that HRC views this as a way of being in on that action without being close enough (officially) to get splashed too much from the fallout that’s inevitable over the next four years. You go, girl.

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cjm Sunday, 23 November 2008 at 12:11

lady macbeth at the ready.

if they end up intentionally sabotaging him, she will be there to pick up the nomination in 2012.

Robert Duquette Saturday, 29 November 2008 at 16:50

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

David Cohen Saturday, 06 December 2008 at 07:34

Now, if you’re going to get excited about a violation of the Constitution that’s just going to get papered over, how ‘bout Hillary becoming Secretary of State in violation of the Emoluments Clause, which says that a member of Congress can’t be appointed to an office the emoluments of which increased during the time for which she was elected.

erp Saturday, 06 December 2008 at 11:21

I’ll bet Hillary won’t be SoS because she isn’t eligible (unless congress can give her a pass somehow). That was just a dodge to discharge any debt she thought she had coming from Obama.

On the bright side, it is to be hoped that while Obama and congress are distracted with all this peripheral stuff, they’ll stop bailing out left and right and let the economy find its own equilibrium.

Annoying Old Guy Saturday, 06 December 2008 at 16:37

We’ll see. If they set the pay back, then no violation. I get much more excised about violations of the 9th and 10th Amendments. I am a bit heartened that the issue has been brought up, even if it’s just because people don’t like Senator Clinton.

David Cohen Sunday, 07 December 2008 at 11:22

Actually, under a strict reading of the clause, I think she’s disqualified even if they reset the salary.

Also, I just hate Members of Congress, Judges and high administration officials getting “automatic” cost-of-living increases. Congress should be meant to take the heat for raising pay.

Annoying Old Guy Sunday, 07 December 2008 at 19:29

I can see that. The only problem is who in our political class would have enough sense of propriety to make the challenge? Of course, it would be a fun question to ask during the hearings.

Tracked from Political News and Blog Aggregator: Obama Set On Key Cabinet Nominees on 22 November 2008 at 00:50

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton has accepted an offer to become secretary of state. Obama tapped New M

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