Obama: The Clinton Fix is In!
by Manic Lawyer, Sat Nov 15, 2008 at 06:14:34 AM EST
Cross-posted at the Francis L. Holland Blog.
If you look at all of the Clinton appointees who are now assisting President-elect Obama (including Rep. Rahm Emmanuel as chief of staff) it's pretty obvious that President-elect Obama doesn't want to reinvent the wheel of national governance. He wants experienced hands from when the economy was good and the US was at peace with the world, i.e. from the Clinton Administration.
When you look at it this way, appointing Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state makes perfect sense: The world was at peace when her husband was president, and it will probably soon be at peace again with Hillary as secretary of state, to the extent that it's at all possible.
Yes, she voted for IWR, because she is a political pragmatist and thought tacking to the right would help her at the polls, and maybe even with the Jewish vote. She might also be more pro-Isreal as secretary of state than some others whom Obama might appoint, like Gov. Bill Richardson. Or her positioning during the primaries might have been part of a misguided belief that hawkishness would be more successful in the American context, a belief for which she cannot be blamed after George W. Bush twice found his way to the Oval Office.
To understand what's going on right now in the transition and the formation of the Obama Administration, we all have to realize that Obama's "change" message was both:
- (1) a way to distinguish himself favorably from an older and better-known politician with some well-known baggage(Hillary Clinton) and thereby win the Democratic nomination, while also
- (2) seamlessly transitioning into the General Election and distinguishing himself from the current Republican Administration and its desired third term, to wit George W. Bush and John McCain respectively.
Can anyone remember anything else that Obama said he would change vis a vis how things were done under Clinton?
Obama is not going to be Bill Clinton, obviously. And Hillary Clinton will never again be the First Lady. However, everything that was good about the Clinton Administration (peace and economic growth) will be repeated under Obama, making use of the best and most experienced Clinton hands to get going immediately on "change". This may well include bringing in Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, to lead the "peace" part of the equation.
Who knows? It might even include a US Supreme Court seat for Hillary or Bill Clinton.