Hillary Clinton, Secretary Of Irrelevance

“My husband is not secretary of state, I am,” she snapped. “I am not going to be channeling my husband.”

When you have to remind people that you are the Secretary of State, you’ve got a bit of a clout problem: namely, you just don’t have much.

Hillary sounds so much more snippy and harpie-like live and in color:

It’s even more obvious when you’re reminding them who’s boss somewhere in the Congo.  After your husband just got back from a triumphant foreign trip from North Korea.  After you got snubbed from going on a high profile trip to Pakistan.  And after you got snubbed from going on a high profile trip to Russia.

The MSNBC take is as gentle in its raspberry as it can possibly be:

Clinton’s presence, so bold in her historic presidential candidacy against Barack Obama, has sometimes been hard to see in the months she’s served as the supposed face and voice of U.S. foreign policy.

The president’s ambitious travels have overshadowed her, heavyweight special envoys have been assigned to the world’s critical hotspots, Vice President Joe Biden has taken on assignments abroad — and then last week her husband succeeded in a North Korean mission to free two journalists even as she landed in Africa on a seven-nation trip.

“You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?” she asked incredulously when the student raised a question about a multibillion-dollar Chinese loan offer to Congo.

You’ve got Richard Holbrooke running Afghanistan and Pakistan.  You’ve got George Mitchell running the Middle East.  You’ve got special envoys all over.  And you’ve got got Hillary Clinton in Congo.  The Secretary of Irrelevance.

Anybody but Hillary gets to go to anyplace that matters.  Hillary Rodham is relegated to traveling around to exotic and virtually irrelevant countries so she can bite the heads off of students who ask her stupid questions (it turned out that the translator was actually the one who asked the stupid question).

You’ve really got to hand it to Barack Obama.  It takes a REAL PRO to completely marginalize a Secretary of State, given the critical historic importance of the position (does anybody seriously see Henry Kissinger indignantly reminding the world that HE is Secretary of State while on an official visit to a flyover country?).

Poor Hillary.  The Community Organizer-in-Chief “organized” her community so that his primary opponent didn’t amount to a hill of used coffee grounds.  You can pretty much guess that that was not what she singed up for when she took the once-high profile job.  It’s the SECOND time Hillary Clinton fell victim to “change you can believe in.”

I’m just waiting to hear what Hillary’s reaction will be when she finds out that her official duties as the exalted Secretary of State include cleaning up after the Obama dog’s Bo (“You don’t think that a poop on the White House carpeting isn’t a crisis that needs to be resolved, Secretary Clinton?”).

This kind of thing is funny; at least unless we have a real crisis and Obama officials are more involved with scrambling for pecking order than they are in resolving the crisis.

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