Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"Queen of Obama’s hot nerds"

Note: I know some of our esteemed readers don't like MoDo. That's fine. You're entitled to your opinion and to put whatever you wish in 'comments'. This isn't about her. We don't want to lose you as readers, but please put a sock in it.

Hillary aced her Senate hearing on Tuesday, performing as the A-student she is. As one of her former campaign aides said, whatever else you say about her, she is always prepared.

With Chelsea sitting protectively behind in a plum dress and glam ’40s hairdo — Bill was watching on TV with his mother-in-law — Hillary showed the reasons she could be a star at state and queen of Obama’s hot nerds.

She was on top of all the issues, no matter how obscure. She batted around our “stale” arctic policy — who knew? — with Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, who doesn’t seem to realize we’re sick of Alaska.

She was up to date on the inevitable Law of the Sea Treaty.

She ladled up the broth of flattery expected in the Senate with a chef’s finesse. Even after Senator Dick Lugar, the ranking Republican on the panel that was questioning her, tut-tutted that her links to Bill Clinton’s foundation carry the “risk” of foreign governments “and entities” trying to curry favor with Madam Secretary by donating money to her husband, she deftly buttered up Lugar.

“Your leadership and inspiration with respect to arms control and especially nonproliferation and the efforts to contain and destroy loose nukes and other materiel, and now moving into the pathogen area, which is particularly dangerous, is a great example to me of what we should be doing,” she told a beaming Senator Lugar.

Not many women can talk about “the pathogen area” with such authority and yet femininity.

After enduring endless pompous lecturing from John Kerry on what she should read and think — a thinly veiled attempt to show the world that he would have made a better secretary of state, and indeed, thinks he was promised it by Obama — Hillary slathered on the oleo.

After his windy discourse on how scientists had “revised the levels of supportable greenhouse gas emissions from 550 parts per million to 450 to now 350,” Hillary replied: “You are eloquent in describing it, and you’ve been a leader in trying to sound the alarm on it for many years.”

That seemed to calm Kerry down a bit.

The only one who attempted to joust with her about Bill’s unappetizing gravy train was David Vitter, the Louisiana Republican who was caught messing about with the notorious D.C. Madam in 2007, and he wasn’t the right messenger.

Hillary swatted him away.

Mrs. G calls Vitter "Diaper Boy". Heh.

She will easily intimidate the world’s dictators, just as she often intimidated Obama in the primaries. But it remains to be seen whether she can put aside her tendency to see disagreement as disloyalty. Can she work at the State Department with those who deserted her to support the usurper Obama? Can she manage Foggy Bottom better than she managed her foggy campaign?

Obama and Hillary continue to be engaged in an intense tango.

As long as they don't lambada. I couldn't handle the visual.

Hil's gonna do just fine, I think.

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