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Clinton becomes attorney general; Joe Wilson tastes own medicine; Sarah Palin's take on toking

Some expect Hillary Clinton to become defense secretary. A few conspiracy-minded folks think she'll take out Joe Biden as vice president. But it turns out she's already got a job: attorney general.

In an interview June 8 with an Ecuadorean TV station that has just come to light on these shores, Clinton announced that the United States will sue Arizona over its immigration law. The secretary of state said President Obama's Justice Department "will be bringing a lawsuit against the act" -- beating both Eric Holder and Obama to the announcement.


These threats against lawmakers have clearly gone too far. In South Carolina, somebody has vandalized Rep. Joe Wilson's campaign office -- with the Republican congressman's own slogan. The words "you lie" were spray-painted on a wall and on a Wilson campaign sign. The congressman's office blames Democrats and plans to involve the authorities, which seems to be a bit of an overreaction. It's not as if somebody shouted "you lie!" at Wilson on, say, the House floor.

Wilson needs to calm down -- and Sarah Palin has a solution for him. In an appearance on Fox Business News, the former Alaska governor struck a surprisingly liberal note on the recreational use of marijuana at home: "If somebody's going to smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at, to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems we have in society."

Just refer to it as a "tea party" to be safe.

--Compiled by Dylan Matthews and Felicia Sonmez.

By Dana Milbank  | June 17, 2010; 10:21 PM ET
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Wow...our Secretary of State is looking more and more "Presidential" with each comment. "The Secretary believes that comprehensive immigration reform is a better course of action" (i.e., continue to do nothing).

Posted by: ANCLvr | June 18, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Milbank, I don't know about all of the other crackpot political theories or gossip. But, the picture of the governor that is associated with this article has her looking like "Cruella De Vil" more and more.

Was this done on purpose?

Posted by: lcarter0311 | June 18, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow...our Secretary of State is looking more and more "Presidential" with each comment. "The Secretary believes that comprehensive immigration reform is a better course of action" (i.e., continue to do nothing).

Posted by: ANCLvr |


She is only repeating what the president has already stated a thousand times. I have a feeling that you have been tuning him out for over a year now.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | June 18, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

For the first time in his life, and probably the last, Milbank is correct. The Secretary of State's portfolio does not include state laws. Maybe Hitlery is just a tad too arrogant on this one??? She should stick with sanctions for the Israelis for violating so many UN Security Council resolutions for long decades.

Posted by: usnr02 | June 18, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Dana! What does this mean, pal? You're asking the same question I'm asking! Does this mean anything, Dana? Well, enough of that! It's incredible that every member of Obama's administration is able to go from one agency to another with such ease! I mean, who knew that Hill would be playing AG that day? Was Holder sitting in for her at State? What is this, musical administration chairs? Oh, what a game!

Posted by: georges2 | June 18, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

So is the Tea Party going through an image change? Will we have to now call them the THC Party?

But what I want to know is when's the lassdt time Palin had a drug test? I suspect some of her ideas must come from an altered state of some sort. I wonder if she gets her pot from her kids?

Posted by: alpacaman1 | June 18, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Ms. Quinn appointed Clinton attorney general as an intermediate step to becoming vice-president.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | June 18, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Not sure what is "liberal" about Palin supporting the easing of marijuana restrictions. Perhaps this is "liberal" in the classic sense of the term, but it's mostly modern liberals who are pushing bans on tobacco in public places, who favor raising sin taxes, etc., etc. Conservatives have become the defenders of individual rights on these matters, and a lot of the more libertarian-leaning conservatives have advocated dropping drug laws, and especially the ban on marijuana.

This isn't to say that pot is safe--it isn't--and it wouldn't be legal for kids, people operating machinery, etc. Workplaces could probably still find cause to fire people for pot use if they wanted, but legal pot would put the hurt on one segment of the drug trade (prices on illegal items are sky high), give states a new item to tax, and result in fewer petty drug cases clogging the courts.

Posted by: blert | June 19, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Such a cowardly act by Clinton on behalf of Obama and his radical whiney AG, Holder. Not only do they use Clinton to do the hatchet job, but they use the venue of an unsuspecting third world country to share this hate filled threat of a law suit against AZ.

Obama, Holder, Clinton, etal are a bunch of cowards who meet in the dark behind closed doors and then use the intimidation of the justice department to attack their enemy who is only trying to get the Obama group to do their job. They are all cowards and need to be put out of office so America and her citizens can get back to the sanity of normal living.

The ole 'boot on the neck' Chicago thug mentality has worn out its welcome and America has said enough!

Posted by: imaginemore | June 19, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

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