Yes she is a brilliant woman who understands that this is a new world and the old methods for using power are no longer effective. She believes in, encourages social media. She understands that power has moved from core capitals into the hands of those who embrace change, real change. This woman should be in charge.
Time Magazine's cover story
By Massimo Calabresi
Hillary Clinton argues in our cover story this week that America is not so much in decline as adjusting to a world of increasingly diffuse power, where like-minded networked individuals, non-governmental organizations and other non-traditional global actors may steer events as much as great power capitals. Clinton lays out “smart power” strategies for protecting and advancing U.S. interests in that new non-polar world.
Lastly, we polled her against Romney and Perry, and found that she does better, by far, than Obama, leading Romney by 17 points and Perry by 26. Her closest aides strongly dismiss any 2012 ambitions and say 2016 is very unlikely: she’d be 69 the day of the vote that year. We don’t speculate on the source of her popularity.
I've noticed that Madame Secretary is very quiet lately. Perhaps in his brilliance, President Obama has realized how fruitless a reelection campaign is. Perhaps he's asked Hillary to fill-in for him the next 4 years.
Today at 4, she is meeting with Colin Powell in her office at State. Why? wonders the rodent.
SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
9:15 a.m. Secretary Clinton meets with the assistant secretaries of the regional bureaus, at the Department of State.
12:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a meeting at the White House.
2:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, at the Department of State.
4:00 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, at the Department of State.
Good morning read over at Politico today.
"Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in a tough spot.
She is caught in the middle of a debate pitting labor unions, environmental groups and bipartisan coalitions on both sides regarding a State Department review of a proposed $7 billion pipeline carrying crude oil from oil sands in Alberta, Canada, down to Texas refineries."
You all know that I've been a supporter of Hillary for many years. I've also disagreed with her which did not mean I stopped supporting her. On this issue of the pipeline, I have little knowledge to base anything. Normally, and as a supporter of Greenpeace, my tendency is to support the environmental side as a safe default position. I would always rather be safe than sorry.ShareThis
Peeps are calling the latest round of Obama backtracking, "triangulation". Giveth me a break.
They are desperately trying to trap liberals and moderates together in a place neither wants to be. They, Axelrod, Obama, Bill Clinton, only care about one thing. Re-election in 2012. None of them give a shit about the unemployment numbers except for how it affects Bambi's re-election. Actually, I think Bill cares but he cares much more about being his party's old general. He loves this elder statesman thing. I forgive him.
Obama and Axelrove have absolutely zero convictions. They do not believe in anything other than winning elections. We already know that they will lie cheat and steal to win. Now they bring in one whom people trust to build a Trap for liberals and moderates. We're damned if we don't support him and damned if we do. The obvious better choice is to support him because otherwise the liars on the other side win and we are truly fucked.ShareThis
Politico quotes the FOX Sunday show like many others but the comments are what got to me.
first the big quote.
I am very happy doing what I'm doing, and I am not in any way interested in or pursuing anything in elective office,
The oBot commenters are simply amazing.
She would have a hard time deciding "which Hillary Clinton" would run. The feminist Clinton? The cookie baking, mom, Clinton? Hillary Rodham? The secy of state Clinton? The moderate Clinton? The "stealing White House furniture" Clinton? The "I made millions reading the WSJ Clinton? The "let's take over the health care system Clinton". Or the one we have seen over and over again : the "ends justify the means" Clinton. She is a flawed candidate (person).
Great - why doesn't she just go home to Little Rock and live off of the Clinton Library and Massage Parlors Saudi Slush Fund?
Most of the discussion is in her favor and quite good but I can't believe the Hillat hatred is still out there.ShareThis
I like the look of President Barack Obama’s new Middle East envoy, a person with broad experience, the trust of Israelis, growing support among West Bank Palestinians and a fierce personal conviction that a peace accord is essential not only for the parties but for United States national security.
The surprise appointment reflects the need to bring maximum heft to U.S. mediation efforts at a time when Obama himself, major international powers and the Palestinian government led by Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad have all set a target of achieving Palestinian statehood by the second half of 2011.
You missed the announcement? Well it was made so quietly, more through osmosis than anything, that overlooking the change was easy. So here’s the administration’s Middle East shift: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken charge.
Those are the words of Roger Cohen in the New York Times here
Yes, I did miss it, but I haven't missed the fact that Hillary Clinton is the single shining star of the Obama administration. While the boys, and a few women, have spent two years taking over Washington and lining the pockets of their friends, the Secretary of State has done what we all knew she would. She buckled down and got busy. She worked and works hard getting things done and rarely tooting her own horn. Hillary Clinton is a rare thing in politics.
Hillary Clinton is a Doer. She can make a good speech but her strength is in the doing rather than the bullshit.
I am more confident in peace than I have been in many years. The reason for my confidence is Hillary Clinton in charge.
h/t to Sharyn for sending me the NYT link.ShareThis
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn’t expect to be serenaded when she spoke at the National Geographic headquarters on Monday night. But when National Geographic Channel president Steve Schiffman revealed that Tuesday is Clinton's birthday, the gathered audience rallied in a chorus of 'Happy Birthday, Dear Secretary' as a giant cake was wheeled out in front of a blushing former first lady.
"It is a tribute for the more than 60,000 people who work for the State Department," said Clinton, who watched the documentary for the first time on Monday.
Although the film almost unequivocally celebrates U.S. diplomatic policy, Clinton herself (who is described as "Energizer Secretary" in the documentary by a State Dept. adviser) speaks candidly about America's role in creating the conflicts that now challenge the State Department.
"We helped create the Mujahideen," she says in the film. "We have to live with the world we helped to create."ShareThis
The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
This is first verse of the poem by Leo Marks read at the wedding of Chelsea Clinton, a Methodist, and Marc Mezvinsky as their new lives began with the blessing of clergy from both faiths.
A press release from the family, reported in the New York Times, says Rabbi James Ponet and the Rev. William Shillady co-officiated for the Jewish groom and Methodist bride.
It is beginning to get lovely. Little articles pop up here or there saying Mrs. Clinton should run against Obama for the 2012 nomination. But as Mediaite said, "this is the first time I can recall seeing it in a serious publication".
And why would the Democratic Party want to do that? Because the re-election of President Obama is becoming more problematic. The latest Rasmussen Reports polls show the dramatic decline of the presidential approval index, the difference between those who "strongly approve" of Mr. Obama's performance and those who "strongly disapprove." It began at plus 25% when the new president was sworn in, and has steadily declined to minus 13%.
It isn't just the president whose poll numbers are falling fast. According to recent Harris polling, Vice President Biden viewed favorably by 26% of the public and unfavorably by 45%. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does even worse, 20% positive to 49% negative. A June Nevada poll gave Sen. Harry Reid, the majority leader, 33% approval and 52% disapproval.
But the greatest contrast and most interesting statistic is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's ratings: 45% favorable and only 35% unfavorable.
just now which urged watching the station at 9AM for revelations that BO stole election from HC. I was too late to get the whole story - just passing on what I heard. Couldn't find anything on google or Drudge which usually are prompt with this kind of stuff.ShareThis
Clinton Sees U.S. Pavilion at China Expo
SHANGHAI — By all accounts, the United States would have been a no-show at the Shanghai Expo had Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton not opened her Rolodex and raised about $60 million in private cash to finance a pavilion here. So it seemed fair that Mrs. Clinton got a rousing cheer from a group of Chinese children when she visited the building on Saturday.
The video of the ceremony won't stream so above is Shadi Sadr's Speech.
Secretary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the annual International Women of Courage Awards at the Department of State, which was broadcasted live this afternoon.ShareThis
President Clinton to Skip Arkansas Free Clinic, Blames Olbermann for Politicizing Event
Bill Clinton told FDL’s Eve Gittelson that it would be problematic for him to attend a free medical clinic being held in Little Rock, Arkansas tomorrow because MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann had “politicized” the event.” He indicated that some were turning the event into a primary kickoff against Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln.ShareThis
Hillary Clinton makes surprise visit to Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed in Kabul Wednesday in a surprise visit on the eve of the inauguration of President Hamid Karzai.
Clinton went straight into a meeting with U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, before having dinner with Karzai.
Her first visit to Afghanistan as secretary of state comes as President Obama is deciding whether to send up to 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan, as requested by McChrystal.ShareThis
Oh I know. I sort of missed most of Monday and Tuesday. This is an open thread but I'd like to stir some thoughts too.
Over at RealClearPolitics I just read an article by Bruce Walker at American Thinker. Now I think Thinker is a tad to the right of Atilla but Walker pegs what many of us have been saying about Obama for years.
The Not Ready for Prime Time President
....But there is a huge difference between Obama, on the one hand, those other presidents on the other hand - and the difference transcends ideology. The difference is that JFK, FDR, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton had the ability to govern once they had won their elections.
Obama, while possessing many of the campaigning gifts of these presidents, has shown no ability to govern at all. This is a very dangerous situation for our nation. Our leader is a man whose ignorance, in many areas of history and policy, is simply appalling. He is rather like the "President in the Plastic Bubble." Obama's entire life has been insulated from any sense of reality of the nation he governs
Yep, that's a good one for everyone to read.ShareThis
Funny but all I can think is: Up Yours DNC!
Democrats Work To Avoid 2008 Primary Strife
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I saw this back during the primary but one assumes things like this and the Hillary Nutcracker* would be gone by now.
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We're getting used to it.
There is no decision yet, and I'll get into why I'm in a quandary but for some reason my DNA allows me to separate the actions from the issue. I trust people who say what they mean and do what they say. Even people I totally disagree with, at least If they are trust worthy then I know where I stand.
I hated his policies and we're now paying for Ronald Reagan's stripping of regulations and shrinking the workforce responsible for enforcing the regulations we still have. Think lack of meat inspectors.
But I trusted Ronald Reagan. We knew what we were getting.
I do not trust President Obama to say and do the same thing. After all, what he says is "Just Words". It's his actions that speak volumes.
Way back in the early days of this "historic" administration, February, the administration said they would boycott the upcoming Durban II meetings due to the outright Israel bashing and other issues in the primary document.
But now it is ages later and we hear rumblings that we may attend the conference afterall.ShareThis
I had planned on tacking it to the back of my shed or just leaving it where it was, against the garage wall. But today I got out my carpet knife and sliced it into 2' x 1' trashcan compatible sizes.
I never had it in my yard, I had loads of the little ones. I have two of the normal yard signs saved for posterity along with my Shaheen, Lynch and McCain.
Nothing more to say. The sign wars are now over.
Hillary Clinton is now the second member of the Obama administration to be shot down on talk of once again banning assault weapons. The first was Attorney General Eric Holder. Both of these honest officials have stated what they know in their hearts but the administration of no lobbyists, the candidate of no special interests have asked them to effectively shut up so as not to offend the NRA.
After meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderón, Clinton said that reinstating the U.S. ban on assault weapons—which was passed in 1994 and expired in 2004—is one step this country could take to curb the flow of guns to Mexico's drug cartels. "These military-style weapons don't belong on anybody's street," Clinton told NBC. Within hours, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters that he was unaware of "any plans" to push for such a ban—even though Obama had backed one during last year's campaign.
But wait. Obama wouldn't back off a campaign promise would he?ShareThis
The stimulus bill that's moving through the Senate has 3 major components: tax cuts, spending, and amendments. A fourth part not mentioned is the interest on the debt which would amount to about $350 billion. That's what John McCain is referring to when he mentions the cost being something like $1.2 trillion. The CBO says if Congress does nothing, the recession will be over by later this year.
This post stays on top today so I can explain some things to those who may be dropping by for their first visit.
So, Welcome to Partizane where we have but one Rule. One Rule to rule them all.
Disrespect of others is the only thing not tolerated here.
Civil Discourse is the rule of the day.
A wonderful explanation of this was offered by Creeper and can be read on the about page in the menu.ShareThis