The jaw dropping news broke yesterday of the President-Elect’s “secret” meeting with Her Royal Highness, the Queen of Triangulation, Hillary Clinton, about the biggest plum he has to offer-appointment as Secretary of State. He also reportedly met with New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who dropped out early and endorsed Obama in a dramatic gesture long before Obama clenched the Democratic nomination. The corporate media dutifully reported the “Team of Rivals” concept advanced by Doris Kearns Goodwin in her book about Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet.
I’m not buying it.
I have no choice but to take seriously this trial balloon on Hillary’s behalf by the Obama team. Hopefully, something I say will deflate this travesty before a colossal misstep occurs. I have no idea what “turning the page” on the past is supposed to mean if the Clinton’s are magnanimously appointed to a sinecure in the new Administration. What happened to “No Drama Obama?” If the Clinton’s are known for anything, it’s drama. I thought this new regime had limits on carry on baggage. The Clintons will bring enough to crash Air Force One. I don’t mean no harm, as we say, but I’m tired of these people. The only time I want to hear from Hillary Clinton is from the Senate floor, not from Foggy Bottom.
Once she and Bubba dipped a toe and then submerged the primary battle into the well of racial resentment and xenophobia, that should have killed any talk of a cabinet appointment in its crib. Hillary can kiss my hind part, no offense. During the heat of the primary battle, Hillary Clinton sighted a USA Today poll in Indiana and North Carolina:
I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on…Sen. Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.
Her performance at the convention and campaign trail was admirable, but it doesn’t make up for appealing to the unjustified fears of white voters skittish about a brotha occupying the Oval Office. There are some lines you don’t cross and a penalty must be paid. After reading an assortment of PUMA slights on various blogs, my opinions have hardened on this score.
For all we know, the President-Elect coulda told her in June that he would consider her for Secretary of State and that bought her cooperation. We won’t know for sometime. Hillary lost and Barack won. Its time he acted like it. I’d appreciate it if he ripped out a page rather than just turning it. John Kerry, Bill Richardson and Susan Rice are far more deserving.