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The No-News Transition Gets a Dose of Buzz

By Ben Pershing
As the "No Drama Obama" campaign has turned into the "No News Transition" -- we are accepting suggestions for catchier slogans -- there remains one sure-fire way to inject some buzz into what has been a mostly buzz-less process: Hillary Clinton.

In classic D.C. fashion, the junior senator from New York has magically materialized on the list of potential Secretary of State nominees in the last 24 hours, her name now being "mentioned" and "discussed" for the job along with the previous handful of known suspects: John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, maybe Sam Nunn and a few others.

Why would Obama pick his vanquished primary foe? Aside from her obvious big-name stature, Clinton is said by those in the know to have a potential "Team of Rivals" appeal to Obama. (That book has now become the go-to explanation any time a politician considers reaching out to someone they personally dislike. Maybe Obama should just skip a step and put Doris Kearns Goodwin in the Cabinet.)

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Posted at 8:28 AM ET on Nov 14, 2008  | Category:  The Rundown
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Instead of "No Drama Obama," perhaps the logical lack-of-news title would be "No Talk Barack"? Other thoughts:

* The Path of Least Insistance
* Waiting to Shine 'Til 2009
* Zero Transmission Transition
* Whisper Transition
* Subtle "T"

I do like crumbtrail's suggestion about likening the transition to a tranquilizer, though.

Posted by: oregonchick76 | November 14, 2008 3:29 PM

Oh, I am soooo Sorry!

Ecuador! Your a legitimate source of Socialist Problemos Too!

No slights intended!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 14, 2008 1:42 PM

Hillary Clinton's name might be fun to play with, but seriously, what Countries is she capable of actually influencing? Middle East?

ANY Woman? Riiiight! :-D

Latin America? Habla espanol Senorita?

Europe? Ohhhh, I am Sure Putin is Sooooooo Scared! :-D

Folks, allow me to throw out a few Topics and names:

Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia(Evo Morales), Venezuela(Chavez), Peru(Rebel Insurgency "Shining Path" probably supported by FARC, Chile, and Bolivia), Chile, Colombia(FARC), Mahmoud Ahmadinejad-Busy going around Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cuba, and probably FARC in Venezuela!

Folks, we have allowed Our Hemisphere to become a Ticking Time Bomb!

I did not even get into the Plights of People in Honduras, El Salvidor, Guatemala, the Caribbean, and Mexico, that cause all of them to try to illegally and occasionally Legally, enter the US.

OR, Trade between the US and all of Latin America.

The Secretary of State, who DOES know the Middle East, Far East, Europe, and might have a clue about Latin America;

The "Original" Anchor Baby-Bill Richardson!

Live it, learn it, Amore IT!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 14, 2008 1:36 PM

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Posted by: scrivener50 | November 14, 2008 1:10 PM


It isn't exactly as though there is no news...just that the Post doesn't choose to
use it.

For example, there's a big flack over RahmEmanual's father, the Irgun terrorist of years ago, telling an Israeli newspaper that his son will be influencing the president for Israel....and then delivering
a nasty line about "Arabs".

This when the world was perhaps rethinking it's dislike of America for it's Iran war and it's support of savage Israel.

Rahm Emanuel's appointment is a gift just beginining to give. Whether the Washington Post choosesto notice or not...

Posted by: whistling | November 14, 2008 12:45 PM

Senator Clinton is certainly larger than the job of Secretary of State, and in that sense would represent a more traditional choice (e.g., Colin Powell, Dean Achison, George Marshall). I also believe she shares Obama's more traditional view of foreign policy as well (i.e., developing and maintaining a bipartisan consensus at home and foreign alliances abroad through which our national interests can be advanced). Her lifetime spent in gaining experience and expertise, as well as her indomitable personal work ethic, would make her a formidable Secretary and strong partner for the new President. She wants to get things done. In the new administration, that will be paramount.

Posted by: thewolf1 | November 14, 2008 12:21 PM

Obama's not going to choose Hillary as Secretary of State. He's just floating her name so he looks like he's reaching out

http://jumpinginpools.blogspot.com/2008/11/who-will-be-next-secretary-of-state.html

Posted by: MatthewAvitabile | November 14, 2008 11:19 AM

She would be an excellent choice. Obama would also get Bill and and ad hoc advisor

Posted by: rmanning01 | November 14, 2008 11:08 AM

Ben, I appreciate your keeping us informed on the fact that there is no basis for including Clinton on the list other than the "Team of Rivals" theory.

I considered Clinton an unacceptable choice for President or VP but as Secretary of State her wiliness would be more of an asset. I think the country would benefit from Mrs Clinton being Secretary of State, if Mr Obama is amenable to that choice.

Personally I think the talk os Clinton as S o S has no more validity than when she was mentioned as a VP candidate. However this one makes more sense.

Posted by: Gator-ron | November 14, 2008 9:52 AM

The Tranquil Transition? The Tranqusition?

Posted by: crumbtrail | November 14, 2008 9:17 AM

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