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William Jefferson Clinton = Drama

But that’s what I love about him!

I knew the title would get your attention.

Just playing of this :

“The sense among the no-drama Obama world is: This is well on its way to winning best Oscar for drama,” said one well-connected Democratic official.

No, I’m not agreeing with the quote, I’m just giving you a feel of what’s out there.

Ok. Seriously now.

The vetting process has begun!

I’m sure you all have read the latest “reasons” being given by “anonymous” leaks about why Hillary might not get the SoS nod.

The main sticking point is Bill. I love Bill. I’m pretty sure I’ve been clear about that all year.

Although I wouldn’t go as far as this “well connected D official”–

it’s not Clinton hate(or CDS or whatever) to say that the Obama team has a point here.

The potential for conflicts of interest are huge.


Politico has a good wrap up.

(emphasis mine)

But it could prove problematic for Obama if the former president continues to seek donations from foreign countries at the same time that his wife, as secretary of state, is asking them for diplomatic concessions. The Clinton Global initiative, which has raised more than $30 billion since 2005, has solicited major donations from a handful of foreign governments, including a $1 billion pledge from Norway in 2007.


The former president was in was in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Kuwait City over the past four days and returned to the United States on Monday morning.


He’s in Kuwait City.

Kind of ironic.

But the fact that Hillary is being seriously considered and looks like a frontrunner proves how serious Barack is about having her in his cabinet.

It means the Obama team is willing to give Hillary the spot if they recieve reassurance from the Clintons that his philantropic work will not pose a conflict of interest.

I believe this to be a very reasonable request.

“I doubt that they are looking for an excuse to pick someone else,” a neutral Democratic official said, “but rather are genuinely concerned that Bill Clinton’s work, while worthy, would be greatly complicating if she were SecState.”

Acting like the Clintons should not be vetted, when the Clinton themselves are actively cooperating with the vetting process is kind of missing the point here. As experienced politicians they know what’s at stake here and the importance of the procedure for such a high profile job.

I’m hopeful they will all come to a mutual understanding

Isn’t that what people with the same common goal want?

The ball is very much in her court, but the president’s finances have been a major point of sensitivity from Day One,” the well-connected Democratic official explained.

What really make me think this will be a done deal is these words by William Jefferson Clinton himself.

“If he decided to ask her and they did it together, I think she’ll be really great as a secretary of state. … She worked very hard for his election after the primary fight with him, and so did I, and we were very glad that he won and we have a lot of confidence that he can do a good job. But she didn’t do what she did with the hope or expectation of getting any kind of job offer, much less having this discussed.”

He obviously wants her to take the job and I’m pretty sure he’ll sacrifice any reasonable requests to help her achieve that goal.

Don’t think I need to put a disclaimer on the Moose, but just in case.

I’m being respectful of the Clintons so I respect people to be respectful of my opinion on this.

What’s your take on it?


  1. rfahey22

    Maybe Bill Clinton could temporarily remove himself from the organization and have it overseen by a third party, or a group of trustees, or something.  It may be difficult to seek concessions from a country that just donated millions of dollars to his organization.  On the flip side, were we to cooperate with such a country, it could lead to allegations of favoritism.  I’m sure they’ve asked Sen. Clinton if she’s prepared to come down hard on someone connected to Bill Clinton’s charities, if the administration requires it.

  2. SocialDem

    I am confident that Obama chose Hillary for just that reason. The Clintons are popular around the world and know the players. I am sure this is why Obama chose Hillary. Bill’s connections around the world will be an asset (hopefully) and not a liability.

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