First came the vigorous and seemingly never ending battle – months of Hillary vs Obama – the conclusion of which finally came in Denver. Seems Obama was the clear winner, a fact which was confirmed by him decidedly passing Hillary by as nominee for vice president. Some of us really thought, finally, change is coming to Washington.
But now, the heady days of rhetoric have passed, and we’re left with one question: has it? First we’ve got Rahm Emanuel, a former Clinton advisor, named as Obama’s chief of staff. Granted he’s a fiery piece of work who is guaranteed to make some changes – and probably some enemies too along the way – but still, he’s connected to the Clinton era.
Then there’s Eric Holder, potential attorney general, who, get this, was Bill Clinton’s deputy attorney general. Another possible appointee, Peter Orszag as head of the Office of Budget and Management, is also a former Clinton advisor.
And finally, the big fish, the “Clinton” itself. (We’ve taken to using the singular form when referring to the power couple, as at this point they really have merged into one political entity). According to CNN and other news outlets, it now looks highly probable that Hillary will be named Secretary of State after Thanksgiving.
Of course disregarding Hillary only because her last name is Clinton would be foolhardy. If she’s the best person for the job, then she certainly deserves it. Just a pity for those that thought (or desperately wished) that the Clinton dominance of the Democrat party was finally over.
Is this the change we’ve all been anticipating with almost unbridled excitement? Looks like Obama is fast realizing that running a country is much more difficult than talking about running a country. Seems that even those propogating the message of hope and change are realizing that experience, well, it isn’t such a bad thing.