Friday, December 12, 2008

Susan Rice Is Starting Already...

Oh, what a big surprise, not. And this happened even BEFORE the whole "Hot Rod" Blagojevich explosion, but kinda got lost in the shuffle. Yes, indeedy - Dr. Rice is already pushing it with Senator Clinton. (Not for nothing, but haven't we had enough of a Dr. Rice after the past 8 years? Just sayin'.)

Yes, the other day, this story appeared: Susan Rice to Install Own Transition Team Within State Department: President-elect Barack Obama's choice for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations -- Susan Rice -- reportedly has plans to install her own transition team within the State Department.

I am just soooooo surprised to hear this:
The first sign of cracks in President-elect Barack Obama's foreign policy team of rivals emerged on Monday as his choices for secretary of state and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations visited the State Department.

As Secretary of State-pick Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.N. envoy-choice Susan Rice separately visited the diplomatic agency's headquarters in Washington's Foggy Bottom neighborhood, persons familiar with the transition said that Rice wants to install her own transition team inside the department.

Such a move by an incoming U.N. ambassador is rare, if not unprecedented, because the job is based at the United Nations in New York, where Rice already has a small transition staff, the sources familiar with the incoming administration.

Golly gee. Dr. Rice needs TWO transition teams? One inside the State Department? And that will impact just whom, exactly?? Oh, gee - take a guess:
The push by Rice, an early Obama supporter whose position the President-elect wants to elevate to a cabinet post, is also a signal that she intends to use her influence with the new president to play a more significant role than previous U.N. envoys, they said. The transition sources spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Officials with Clinton's transition team declined to comment on the matter, and aides to Rice could not immediately be reached. State Department officials declined to comment on issues related to the transition.

It was not clear if Clinton and Rice -- who had strained relations during the Democratic primaries because of Rice's steadfast backing of Obama -- saw each other at the State Department as Clinton left the building shortly after Rice arrived.

Honestly, it is bad enough that Obama brought back Susan Powers to be in his Administration, but to nominate Susan Rice, and then ELEVATE her position to be equal to Senator Clinton was a big, huge mistake. And a big slap in the face to Senator Clinton:
During the presidential campaign, some Clinton aides saw Rice's early decision to back Obama as a betrayal because of her previous role as a high State Department official during President Bill Clinton's administration. Rice's desire to place her own team in Washington could fuel speculation that those tensions will carry into the new administration.

The officials could not say if Clinton's team had formally objected to Rice's plan, or even if Rice would be able to install a separate transition team inside the State Department. But they noted that dueling transition teams could complicate the handover by blurring lines of authority.

Uh, gee - ya THINK??? Who in their right minds did not think this was going to be a problem??

Then there is this:
Technically, the job of U.N. envoy falls under the authority of the secretary of state, although some previous U.N. ambassadors have held cabinet rank. The last U.N. ambassador to be part of the president's cabinet was Richard Holbrooke, who had a famously icy relationship with then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during the Clinton administration.

Albright, who was President Clinton's first ambassador to the United Nations, was a mentor to Rice. But the two had a falling out when Albright, America's first female secretary of state, lined up behind Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination and Rice backed Obama.

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, was to dine Monday evening with the nation's current and second female secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, at Rice's apartment in the exclusive Watergate complex. The two Rices are not related and Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday that she thought Clinton would do a great job.

Also Monday, Clinton was to meet privately with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. and the incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, according to a Democratic official. Kerry, once a contender for the secretary of state job, will oversee Clinton's confirmation. Kerry has pledged to hold "swift and fair" confirmation hearings.

Okay, I do kinda like that John Kerry has to meet with Secretary of State To Be Hillary Clinton. Teehee! Couldn't happen to a more deserving, back-stabbing guy.

Anyhoo - some of us have been saying this was coming. Obama selected her, sure, but he has done everything possible to undermine her ever since. Like elevating Dr. Rice to a comparable position. By allowing Jon Favreau to still have a freakin' job. Sure, it looks good on the surface, but like I keep saying - I don't trust Obama, and I think with damn good reason. So while Dr. Rice has her TWO transition teams, one INSIDE the STATE DEPARTMENT, I think it is safe to say that Senator Clinton, soon to be Secretary of State Clinton, is gonna have a hard row to hoe. But that's just me.

7 comments:

Mike J. said...

I don't think Obama is actively trying to undermine Hillary. I get the sense that with Obama nothing is ever personal, it's all "simply business" and whether you are a friend or foe depends solely on what you can do for Obamojevich. I mean, the guy does not appear to have any genuine friends. Remember all the talk of Friends of Bill? Well, at least they existed. Where are the Friends of Barack? He does not have any to speak of.

I think the problem is that Obamojevich knows nothing about foreign policy and simply wants to outsource it to his cabinet picks--Hillary, Rice, Jones, Gates. He hopes that Hillary alone will manage the foreign policy effectively enough to prevent it from becoming a drag on his presidency. But what he is underestimating is the political infighting that will inevitably erupt, and without a strong leader in the center to make sure all of his executive agencies are working together, this has a potential to become a colossal fiasco.

The same, by the way, applies to the domestic policy team, in my view. So far, we have a long list of impressive names, if only in terms of their collective experience. But impressive names do not for a coherent policy make. You ned to have a strong leader in the center to establish what the policy is everyone is supposed to be implementing. Once again, is Obamojevich up to the task?

Nope. So domestic policy will likely crash and burn too.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Hey, Mike J.! Nice to see you back!

And I love the new name for Obama - priceless!

I have to disagree, though - I think Obama takes things VERY personally. He has a think skin, that one, and has already proven he is vindictive. IMHO, that is.

Elevating Susan Rice's position to be comparable to Clinton's was a slap in the face to Clinton, especially since the two do not get along. I am betting Rice wouldn't even take it unless she was on equal footing with Clinton. From what I understand, elevating the UN position to be comparable to Sec. of State can make it difficult in terms of foreign policy - to whom do the countries turn, Rice or Clinton? That's why I think it's a set up, especially since Rice is already widening the accepted boundaries of her position.

But I agree, Obama is throwing all of the heavyweights he can find because he knows he is CLUELESS abt them. I reckon those 3 weeks of backpacking through Pakistan just aren't comparable to what Hillary has done after all!! Ahem.

Great points abt domestic and foreign policy. Who the leader is, as it turns out, actually does matter!

Great to "see" you again!

Music said...

I just produced a "video message to the electors" for www.democratic-disaster.com.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX7uuhHXs-0

WorldNetDaily did a story on it yesterday: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=83346, and it appears to be garnering some good stats at YouTube. Any help you can give us in getting this info out would be greatly appreciated.

Cindy said...

Unbelievable! Jeeze.
Susan Rice is another Obama-phile who struts sitting down.
I keep saying that nothing these people do surprises me; and yet, they prove me wrong almost everyday!
Thanks, Rev. Amy, for the information.

insightanalytical said...

Let's see, does this fall into MESH's "weak SOS" option??? Must update with this info...

I wish Hillary would stay where she is and not be involved with this...

I've done something that takes us away from the world of the crass for a moment...

Entirely off topic, but maybe something that will get us back to our souls...Politics free (99%)

These Gray Days of December

http://insightanalytical.wordpress.com/2008/12/13/these-gray-days-of-december-shivering-dogs-missing-a-friend/

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

I know, Cindy - I think it is so hard for those of us who just cannot think like those people do (thank heavens) to imagine what they will do NEXT. And EXCELLENT description of Rice - strutting while sitting down. GOOD ONE!

Thanks, Grl - appreciate that. It is important for us to remember the importance of restoring our souls...

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Hey, Music -

Thanks for the great video. You are right - many of us have had to provide our birth certificate - we expect our military personnel to do so frequently. Yet, the PEBO is somehow exempt from this requirement? Why? Why is the only "official" COLB at factcheck.org, an Annenberg company?

It is astonishing that Obama has hired LAWYERS to keep from having to provide his BC. As I keep saying, where there is smoke, there is fire...Nice job!