Has Obama ‘Punked’ Hillary?

29 Nov

tear_hillary_obama_080731_mnOne aspect of the likely nomination of Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State has been completely overlooked: at a stroke, it removes Barack Obama’s only serious, high-powered opposition within the party.

Consider the murmurings during late summer and early fall: that Hillary, if Obama didn’t make it, or even if he did, could engage in another run for the top job next time around. That’s not going to happen now. By offering her the senior cabinet office, Obama has effectively neutralized his main intra-party rival.

Or consider the question of money. As a Senator, Hillary could raise money to pay off her 2008 campaign debt; as a cabinet officer, she can’t.

Then, look at the fate of Secretaries of State going back to Reagan: they get replaced after a single term. Bill Clinton, for example, replaced Warren Christopher with Madeline Albright.

If Hillary takes the job, she’s going to wake up one morning in 2013 with no Senate seat, no power base, a big pile of debt, no Secretaryship, in short, nothing at all. Her big issue of healthcare reform, which she could have shaped from the Senate? Somebody else is going to take care of that.

You have to wonder if that’s the point.

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6 Responses to “Has Obama ‘Punked’ Hillary?”

  1. fsteele November 29, 2008 at 12:56 am #

    That was my reaction to the offer. But then why is Hillary even considering it? There was pressure on her to accept VP, but no such pressure now — just a lot of support.

    I’m not leaning either way, it’s above my pay grade. But all these Clinton cabinet people being appointed, is a good sign. If Obama is now the Clintons’ puppet, and the Clinton team has some good plans worldwide, SOS might be a good position for Hillary. (Iirc Summers, the Clintons’ excellent Secretary of the Treasury, wants to fix the global economy next….) So some of Hillary’s agenda might happen first on the global level, then trickle in to the US….

  2. ellurian November 29, 2008 at 1:28 am #

    How do we know Obama hasn’t offered to pay off Hillary’s campaign debt as a perk for her accepting the position?

    […]”f Hillary takes the job, she’s going to wake up one morning in 2013 with no Senate seat, no power base, a big pile of debt, no Secretaryship, in short, nothing at all. Her big issue of healthcare reform, which she could have shaped from the Senate? Somebody else is going to take care of that.”[…]

    Hillary has been asked by Ted Kennedy to assist in crafting a Health Care Plan. Originally, he was not interested in Hillary’s input but has now acquiesced.

    Who said Hillary will have no power base. Where is there a modicum of proof of that? her base is growing daily.

    Don’t bother with articles from the WashPO… it’s all fairytales and negative propaganda.

  3. Corynthian November 29, 2008 at 12:32 pm #

    “How do we know Obama hasn’t offered to pay off Hillary’s campaign debt as a perk for her accepting the position?”

    For one thing, that’s really illegal, like get impeached, both of them go to prison illegal. So then the question becomes could the President give a multi-multi-million dollar bribe to his Secretary of State without anyone knowing about it?

  4. Alessandro Machi November 29, 2008 at 1:27 pm #

    I agree. Hillary Clinton could have formed an alliance with the Republicans and been seen as a unifier between parties.

    On the other hand, this is about a triangle involving Soros, Clinton and Huffington, with Huffington bitterly bitterly opposed to anything Clinton achieves.

    Is it jealousy? Huffington Post has venture capitalists pouring money to expand it’s daft spews reporting to cover local government and news with the same crass, biased style it has been practicing since it’s inception.

    In my opinion, Hillary wins and loses, which ever way she chooses.

  5. papau November 29, 2008 at 1:29 pm #

    Hard to predict the future, but why not a couple of years as SOS, getting the Mideast Israel/Palestinian relations firmly on the road to peace, Quiting to run for Gov of New York, and then run for Pres in 8 years at age 68, or even in 4 years if Obama slips – she will be constantly in the public eye and us Hillary supporters are not going away.

    As to “pay off debt” that has always been a case of Hillary getting pay off debt checks from Obama contributors – as we now know the Obama small contributor PR was a crock, caused by installment donation approach to FEC filings – so big money can toss out $4,600 per couple from CEO down to lowly Assistant VP. It would take about 6 days to pay it off – if Obama wanted to do so (which I do not think he does).

    Finally, “asked by Ted Kennedy to assist in crafting a Health Care Plan” came down to no power role (note that Senate meeting of the 6 powerful on Health care reform this Wednesday did not include Hillary). The role Ted gave was to suck up to the health insurance companies and see to it that their wants were taken care of – in other words – another Kennedy/Obama slap in the face.

    SOS had to be fought for and forced out of Obama – and for me its “You go, girl”.

    🙂

  6. ellurian November 29, 2008 at 5:53 pm #

    Allesandro..

    Huffington is nothing more than a paid mouthpiece. if Soros called her tomorrow and told her to cut Obama’s legs out from under him, she would. She may not like doing it, but she’s been paid $12 mil to perform a service, any service he deems necessary to get what is his ultimate goal. “CONTROL”!

    She is not worth worrying about…she is another Keith Olberman in drag.

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