I have no great thoughts to add to the official announcement of the worst-kept secret in the country – that Barack Obama will nominate Hillary Clinton to be his Secretary of State – other than I think it’s a good choice, and one that shows that Obama is unafraid of being challenged by those who work for him, and that I find this a refreshing change from, you know, the guy wh’s in office right now.But I do have a question for the New York Times’ Peter Baker, who felt that what we needed to know more than anything was how Obama could have possibly nominated Clinton after, essentially, running against her for President:
Going back to your campaign, you were asked and talked about the qualifications of you nominee for Secretary of State and you belittled her travels around the world, equating it to having teas with foreign leaders, and your new White House counsel said that her resume was grossly exaggerated when it came to foreign policy. I’m wondering whether you could talk about the evolution of your views of her credentials since the spring.
Holy crap – are you still in high school? The heart of the question you ask, Mr. Baker, is what is it that makes Hillary Clinton the right person to be Secretary of State right now – and that’s a good question. Your question was formed in order to try and further the Clinton-Obama feud theme that the press has been holding onto like a pit bull with a rope toy for the past five months. Get over it.
Not a lot of people get to be in the room you’re in. Do you think that maybe you could ask a question that was, you know, perceptive or actually enlightening?
It is true, as Atrios and many others have said: The Clintons drive the press batshit insane.
UPDATE: Joe Klein agrees on a broader level, although without my hyperbole:
…what’s the point of raising the nasty things Obama and Clinton said about each other during the primaries? Did the reporter expect Obama to say, “Well, I still believe her resume is overblown, that’s why I appointed her…oh, and by the way, she still thinks it’s dumb to talk to the Iranians without preconditions.”
There are better questions to be asked–some that might even elicit responses, although the President-elect’s performance in these pressers is not only No Drama but also No News Obama.