Here come the Clintons

3 12 2008

The recent Obama appointment of Hillary to Secretary of State has been a shock to some and a prediction by others.  I thought this might happen during the primaries.  Remember that “closed door” meeting between the two of them that everyone thought was about super delegates?  Wrong.  It was a “Hey you have no real chance against McCain on your own, maybe you should let me take it from here” “What if I could make you a smoking deal on a 2009 model cabinet appointment, something with all the options and full power, like Secretary of State.”  Sold.

Hillary got to save face with her supporters in Denver.  The same night Al Gore gave the best speech of his life about party unity, it still reminded me of Dwight K Shrutes motivational speech, it even had some podium banging.   After Denver the Ethanol/Biofuel/Hybrid powered Democratic campaign machine made history.  There was no talk in the national media about any sort of deal that might have been made between Obama and Hillary, they kept speculating on possible inner-party fallout.  When the formal announcement was made, people I know had strange reactions.  “That’s not change”, “She’s part of the problem”, “She’ll try to take over”, I would call the reactions mixed at best.

I think Hillary will make an excellent secretary of state.  The former First Lady was quite the diplomat during the Clinton White House years.  Hillary was much more involved as First Lady than Laura Bush, who seemed to be happy stateside focusing on domestic education issues.  Mrs. Clinton might not have came under sniper fire in a chopper, but the way she handles media fire is pretty impressive.  Condi Rice left much to be desired as Secretary of State.  Her knowledge of Russian culture and time spent abroad was meant to be a positive diplomatic resource.  Instead her time was spent saber rattling with countries in the Middle East.

I believe the President Elect knows what he’s doing, I believe Hillary will do a fine job, reguardless of how polarizing people find her.  Sometimes you have to be polarizing to get things done.