Various and sundry have garnered big bucks over the years writing books about Hillary Clinton, and there are, assuredly, more in the pipeline, so it is no surprise that the Tweedledum and Tweedledee of campaign gossip are releasing a sequel to Game Change, their autopsy of the 2008 campaign. In anticipation of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's Double Down: Game Change 2012, content leaks are few but explosive.
CNN is busily trumpeting the news that a tiny but mighty group within
the White House examined the effect of replacing Joe Biden on the 2012
ticket with Hillary Clinton. What is interesting in their presentation
are the key questions: Did President Obama know? (Strong
probability.) Did VP Biden know? (Probably not. Their ticker reads
that he dodged a bullet he did not see coming.)
among the questions is whether Hillary knew. We do not know the answer. The question, apparently, is not considered relevant. That alone is telling.
Hillary Clinton is not a game piece. Like the rest of us, she is
flesh, blood, bone, and brain (a lot more brain than the other 99% and I
am not talking financial assets). Her knowledge of and stance on the
switch-off Halperin and Heilmann refer to certainly deserves some
women are not cardboard cutouts.
That includes Hillary Clinton who is not Betsey McCall or a piece of
illegal ivory on a chess board. Surely one of the people whose life
would have been most heavily impacted merits some consideration
by pundits so concerned about whether the two top guys knew about Bill
Daley's focus groups. (Obama appears to know very little about what
goes on in the whirlwind around him - but that is not the point,)
story CNN and its pundits ignored, emanating from a second book due out soon, is
that following the election Obama tried, perhaps more than once, to
convince Hillary to remain for another year as Secretary of State and
that she declined stating that it was time for her to leave public
Make of it what you will. As
stated above, these new publications join a library of gossip surrounding
Hillary Clinton who is, after all, a human being whose feelings,
opinions, and considerations on these issues that would have hugely
impacted her life should be taken into account.
1) Hillary had mapped out a four-year plan of
action as Secretary of State. She had accomplished what she set out to
do and never intended to remain with the administration longer than she
2) I am sick of Hillary Clinton being used as a political football. She is sweet and kind and has her own true concerns and issues that supersede those of this or any administration. She is addressing those effectively in her current role as private citizen and that is worth watching.
3) Hillary Clinton, after 40 years of public service, deserves the kind of private life most of us consider our due.
4) What Anita said.