Meh Culpa

Meh Culpa: On Barry’s supporters reeling at Clinton as head of State

Ben Smith at Politico points out Obamaland’s revulsion to the potential appointment of Hillary as Secretary of State.  Dare I say Obama’s brilliant? I think so.  Not only does it neutralize Hillary politically by removing her from the Senate, she would prove a tough, savvy negotiator. And although she and the President-Elect disagreed on a few foreign policy issues, she’s going to work hard and follow orders.  If she proved nothing else during her years as First Lady it was that she’s a good soldier, so good that some of Bill’s policies rubbed off [unfavorably] on her presidential campaign.  Case in point: did anyone really believe her when she said she didn’t support NAFTA?  Obama is smart enough to know that.

While  Republicans decried Obama as the most liberal member of the Senate–which meant Hillary is more conservative–that’s simply not true.  From a leftist’s perspective, he’s actually kind of conservative.  Note his feelings about same sex marriage. He might have said Prop. 8 was “divisive and discriminatory,” but his lack of support for Prop 8 seemed to have more to do with changing the California constitution than with recanting his religious views on the subject.

”I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that’s not what America’s about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don’t contract them.”

That’s not the statement of a leftist politician. That’s a Constitutional lawyer talking.

In any case, Obama’s nobody’s fool.  There are rumbles of  the appointment being a fait accompli, so he may just have a slam dunk after all.  I’m also sure he’s aware that getting the Clintons as a public two-fer is perhaps the only way this appointment could fail.  Certainly, Hillary and Barack could use Bill as an unofficial adviser, which the former president would be anyway, but Obama shouldn’t allow the country to perceive the new administration as looking backward. Barack Obama was not elected only on the basis of his policies and judgment; unlike John McCain, who looked over his shoulder and bowed down to The Golden Age of Ronald Reagan,  Obama, it could be argued, was also elected as a forward-thinking president of the 21st century.

He needs to keep it that way. So does Hillary. She will rein in Bill if she wants to go anywhere after being Secretary of State.

November 18, 2008 Posted by | appointments, liberal, politics, transition | , | 6 Comments


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