The Return of Hillary Clinton?
By Ben Pershing
For the first time in recent memory, Hillary Clinton was a prominent figure in the headlines yesterday. She appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, warning that the Pakistani government now faces an "existential threat" from Islamic militants. (At the same hearing, Howard Berman, the panel chairman, passed on the opinion of experts that "Pakistan could collapse in as little as six months." How comforting.)
But more than anything Clinton said about Pakistan, it was her defense of President Obama that drew the most attention. When Clinton was asked about Dick Cheney's assertion that the Bush administration's interrogation policies helped make America safer, Clinton responded, "It won't surprise you that I don't consider him a particularly reliable source of information." And when asked about Obama's much-discussed handshake with Hugo Chavez, Clinton said she found the contoversy "somewhat amusing, to be honest," and reminded the committee that Obama had won the election -- and beaten her -- by promising "a different approach" on foreign policy.
It wasn't the most stirring defense, but a defense it was, and it served as a reminder of Clinton's relatively low-profile in the first months of her tenure. To an extent, that makes sense; it's not the job of any Cabinet secretary to overshadow her boss, Obama has generally preferred to make major public announcements himself, and the White House is surely relieved that the Obama vs. Clinton storyline has been largely dormant since the Inauguration. But Clinton is a bona fide celebrity, the only one in the administration -- apologies to Hilda Solis and Shaun Donovan -- other than Obama. So when the president needs a surrogate to step up and help deliver his message, and rebut the criticism of a major figure like Cheney, Clinton is the obvious choice.
Posted at 8:27 AM ET on Apr 23, 2009
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