Hey Doll, Bring Me and the Boys Some Coffee While We Work on This

I have mixed feelings about THIS. On the one hand it’s nice to see people you despise so thoroughly diminished. On the other hand you hate to see a different rival succeed.

The Incredible Shrinking Clintons

By Dick Morris

Asked why he was naming some of his rivals to top administration jobs, President Lyndon B. Johnson said it best: “I’d rather have them inside the tent pissing out than outside pissing in.” President Obama seems to echo Johnson’s management style in his handling of Bill and Hillary Clinton. By bringing them into his inner circle, he has marginalized them both and sharply reduced their freedom of action.

It may appear odd to describe a secretary of State as marginalized, but Obama has surrounded Hillary with his people and carved up her jurisdiction geographically. Former Sen. George Mitchell (D-Maine) is in charge of Arab-Israeli relations. Dennis Ross has Iran. Former U.N. Ambassador Dick Holbrooke has Pakistan and Afghanistan. And Hillary has to share her foreign policy role on the National Security Council (NSC) with Vice President Biden, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, CIA chief Leon Panetta, and NSC staffer Samantha Powers (who once called Hillary a “monster”).

With peers who are competitors and subordinates who can deal directly with the president, Hillary is reduced to announcing foreign aid packages for Pakistan while Holbrooke does the heavy lifting.

The article goes on and details what the Clintons have lost in terms of power, prestige and fund-raising capabilities.

It was never a mystery to me why Obama picked Hillary. What was a mystery is why people who call themselves political observers even had to ask. At least Dick Morris is as smart as me.

What was an even bigger mystery was why people who were as cagey and power-hungry as the Clintons accepted. Hillary could have stayed in the senate served far more effectively as a foil. She could have denounced  his passive genocide of the Israelis, his war with America’s national security apparatus, the profligate spending and even healthcare reform by claiming her plan was always the smarter but untried plan. Right now she looks like the country bumpkin that went to the big city and got took by them there city sickers. I can only assume her pride got in the way when the shiny title of SecState was dangled in front of her and she woefully underestimated the new guy.

Part of me dreams that Hillary is cut-throat enough to wait until the Iranian or some other issue comes to a head only to see her call a press conference and announce her resignation in protest claiming the president’s policy is dangerously naive. The shitstorm that would be spawned by such a move would rage for a good while. Of course she would be unemployed after that but she could keep her face on the Sunday talk shows, campus lecture and other venues until a new senatorial campaign comes along. The PUMA’s would cheer her on while the Obamatons would make sure the schism only grew deeper all the while the Republicans could be revived enough to actually mount a response to–well–something! The crises in Iran, North Korea and Pakistan are tailor-made for such a gambit. Gosh I hope Hillary reads this blog…she seems to have enough time on her hands these days.

Hey, I can dream, can’t I?


~ by Mr. Snuggle Bunny on May 30, 2009.

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