All Clintons, All the Time
By Ben Pershing
Just two shopping days left until Christmas, and it looks like Chelsea Clinton might be getting some pretty weak gifts this year. Why? Because Hillary and Bill Clinton are officially $13 million poorer this morning.
While President-elect Brad Pitt -- sorry, Barack Obama -- fruitlessly tries to duck the paparazzi in Hawaii, those of us who remain in chilly D.C. are being treated to a steady diet of Clinton-related news. That includes the nugget, revealed yesterday in FEC reports, that Hillary Clinton has forgiven $13 million in loans to her own campaign. It would be an inspiring holiday tale of forgiveness, except it's not the kind that helps anyone other than herself. But if you were wondering how much Clinton was willing to sacrifice for the secretary of state job, now you know.
Aiding Hillary at Foggy Bottom will be James Steinberg, who told his students at the University of Texas' LBJ School yesterday that he would be leaving to take the No. 2 job at State. (First Texas gets shut out of the BCS National Championship Game, now this. How much more can those poor students take?) Clinton is said to be recruiting Jacob Lew for another deputy slot at what she hopes will be a "more powerful" State Department.
Posted at 8:05 AM ET on Dec 23, 2008
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