Too good to check: Hillary angrily “looking for exits” after Libya vacillation?

posted at 2:15 pm on March 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

This would tend to put Hillary Clinton’s demurral on serving in another Barack Obama term as Secretary of State in a new light, wouldn’t it?  It also fits more closely with her husband’s track record — and recent public statements — as an interventionist, assuming this story from The Daily is on the level:

Fed up with a president “who can’t make his mind up” as Libyan rebels are on the brink of defeat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking to the exits.

At the tail end of her mission to bolster the Libyan opposition, which has suffered days of losses to Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, Clinton announced that she’s done with Obama after 2012 — even if he wins again.

“Obviously, she’s not happy with dealing with a president who can’t decide if today is Tuesday or Wednesday, who can’t make his mind up,” a Clinton insider told The Daily. “She’s exhausted, tired.”

He went on, “If you take a look at what’s on her plate as compared with what’s on the plates of previous Secretary of States — there’s more going on now at this particular moment, and it’s like playing sports with a bunch of amateurs. And she doesn’t have any power. She’s trying to do what she can to keep things from imploding.”

Getting snubbed by democracy activists in Egypt probably didn’t help, either, a product of the White House’s attempt to spin the mixed messages on Mubarak as the fault of the Secretary of State.  After that, no one would doubt that Hillary is “not happy” about the vacillation and the mixed messages coming from the US in the first real significant test of Obama’s supposed commitment to reform in the Middle East.  The source quoted by The Daily called the foreign policy efforts at the White House “amateur night.”

None of this is a big surprise, of course, but how badly would a Hillary exit damage Obama?  It depends on when she leaves, if she leaves at all in the current term.  If Hillary is really looking for an exit and angry over the botched foreign policy of Obama, she’ll want to get out before she has to take full ownership of the bungling.  That would free her and Bill Clinton to speak more candidly about the incoherence of American foreign policy, something Bill seems so keen on doing that he started while his wife is still nominally in charge of it.  The Clintons still have a substantial amount of influence in the Democratic Party, and the last thing Obama needs is to have Hillary and Bill on the outside of his tent, making Obama appear both weak and radical just as the effort to win re-election begins.

At the very least, Obama needs her and Bill to stay on the sidelines, which would work best by keeping her at State.  If his political team has any competence at all, they may want to suggest an end to blaming Hillary for Obama’s back and forth on Egypt.


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To keep her in line maybe The Won will have to offer her the V.P. job for the next election. Sorry if someone else mentioned this, I haven’t read all the comments. Can you imagine the Fort Marcy Park jokes?

Cindy Munford on March 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Rat Wars(c). starting soon. a new reality series.

maineconservative on March 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM

NOOOOOO. Please. Are you nuts? We don’t want anything to do with any of the dems.

antisocial on March 17, 2011 at 3:08 PM

let me rephrase that. what happens if Palin and the clintons team up behind the curtain to take out Obama? bill Clinton came out last week for a no-fly zone and a better energy polciy. Both line up 100% with Gov Palin’s positions. If Gov Palin’s path to victory is indeed the Regan democrate vote havign Bill and Hillary on your side is a good way to get those votes.

It looks like Palin will be going up against the liberal/marxist left wing and the liberal GOp wing. Bill and Hillary will allow her to capture the grea tmiddle of the country.

The Clintons will regain control of the dem party from Obama in 2013 after his defeat. If the gop establishment can make an unholy alliance with the Daily Kos. Gov Palin can make one with the Clintons…

unseen on March 17, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Clinton should have resigned yesterday- even she knows that Obama will have Libyan blood on his hands with this upcoming massacre in Benghazi.
She should also primary him- she could win.

jjshaka on March 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Obama has done, in 2 years, what the vast right conspiracy couldn’t do…destroy Hillary’s career.

smh.

bloghooligan on March 17, 2011 at 3:34 PM

If she is so tired and ticked off now, there is no way that she is going to make it to 2012.

(Why did I suddenly think of Vince Foster?)

ss396 on March 17, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Just one more bad week,
Hillary will make her move…
Hillary in ’12.

Haiku Guy on March 17, 2011 at 3:38 PM

So if she leaves would she then be a quitter? just asking….

unseen on March 17, 2011 at 3:40 PM

unseen on March 17, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Interesting idea – however. Remember this – who hates Hillary the most – answer: The Israelis.

Palin is a FOI – Hillary is an EOI. The two cannot meet.

jake-the-goose on March 17, 2011 at 3:41 PM

…the last thing Obama needs is to have Hillary and Bill on the outside of his tent, making Obama appear both weak and radical…

Or as LBJ put it:

“It’s probably better to have [her] inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.”

pain train on March 17, 2011 at 3:41 PM

jjshaka on March 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Uh no. I have absolutely no interest in sticking up for PBHO or for Madame Reset Button, it is off the mark to say that either of them will have blood on their hands for the actions of the Libyan madman. Sorry, but that is not our fight. Even if you thought it were, the blames goes back to every CINC over the last 35 or so years who have left him in power.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Bernie want a challenge to little Bammie from the Left: Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders Wants Comrade Obama to Face a “Progressive Democrat” Primary Challenger

Ralph Nader? Howie Dean?

slickwillie2001 on March 17, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Ooh, I hope she bails. Then some dipstick lib will try to primary “Teh One”

Iblis on March 17, 2011 at 3:48 PM

slickwillie2001 on March 17, 2011 at 3:47 PM

The perennial little PITA … Kucinich is sure to do oblige.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2011 at 3:49 PM

unseen on March 17, 2011 at 3:32 PM

And there she goes. The crazy train has left the station.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2011 at 3:54 PM

She ain’t in no ways tarrrd. I refuse to believe that. Pissed at being shoved into the scrum without prestige or backing-yes.

di butler on March 17, 2011 at 3:56 PM

a capella on March 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM

While Odipstick is a babe in the woods, he has been the bozo getting us lost in those same woods. Hillary is in the position of needing a very strong hand in the way of skeletons to attempt to salvage her reputation… not a career just the reputation so she doesn’t get the asterisk of being the incompetent Sec State under Odipstick.

Bill has set a good theme with energy, but it isn’t going anywhere with Hillary stuck in the Cabinet. If she leaves before and starts dealing to salvage her reputation, then it will be for her not running… the MFM will cover for the sudden U-Turn by the Administration if she tries a double-cross. If she walks out with cards to play, then the Administration must treat her with deference… right up to when she enters the fray. Then the MFM will cover for the Administration.

Hillary is out of friends outside the Clinton inner-circle: the MFM doesn’t give her deference, pundits can’t take her seriously after all that has gone on, and her cash base has let it be known that they will help the Clintons a little, but after being asked to help Odipstick they are all burned. The cash part is killer and it is the high tech people that the Clintons brought in to help push Barry through that now have stopped contributing Democrat… and some now have gone over to the Republicans. To get back a Clinton Machine will take years of good economic news, which isn’t coming.

So if Hillary wants to get back in the fray, she needs not just a skeleton, but an army of them, some zombies and a few of the Liches. The time to run out just for the Clinton Machine was post-2009 but pre-2010 elections. She didn’t jump through that window, so now she needs something major to let slip on the Administration if she wants to run. Otherwise its a weak exit and lots of damage repair to her reputation, which will go down with the Administration if she doesn’t get something to turn this all back on the man in charge.

ajacksonian on March 17, 2011 at 3:58 PM

President Hamlet (great article).

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2011 at 4:08 PM

I never understood why she took the job in the first place. To me, it was an obvious ploy to park her on the sidelines because she would be unable to be an “independent voice” in the media as SOS. She has to parrot the administration policies, whereas as a Senator, she had a platform to speak independently. The only thing I can think of is she accepted the position out of a perceived motive of patriotism, serving the country when asked. The cynical part of me is that the Clintons have NEVER done anything that is not calculated to benefit them personally in some way.

I hope she steps down quickly and lets Obama just continue to flounder.

When Obama put in those specialty foreign policy czars that removed huge chunks from the SOS umbrella, Hillary should have known she was a token cabinet member.

karenhasfreedom on March 17, 2011 at 4:12 PM

To keep her in line maybe The Won will have to offer her the V.P. job for the next election. Sorry if someone else mentioned this, I haven’t read all the comments. Can you imagine the Fort Marcy Park jokes?

Cindy Munford on March 17, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Sure, so she can have even more less power!

nukemhill on March 17, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Hillary in ’12.

Haiku Guy on March 17, 2011 at 3:38 PM

You’re kidding right? I hope I NEVER see another Dem in the Oval Office.

zoyclem on March 17, 2011 at 4:20 PM

ajacksonian on March 17, 2011 at 3:58 PM

I’ll always wonder what that ‘blockbuster’ was that she had on little Bammie during the campaign and decided not to use.

slickwillie2001 on March 17, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Excellent! Payback time! This guy (obama) will be getting them coffee soon. I love it

Lanceman on March 17, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Seems she’s not interested in the brackets.

AshleyTKing on March 17, 2011 at 4:49 PM

I read today that Hillary said she will accept no VP slot in 2012 and will not run in 2016. It was on BigGov.com

Geochelone on March 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Actually, she sounds as if she is cracking up, and not from laughter.

Dhuka on March 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Geochelone on March 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Here is the link

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?
id=D9M0H3CO0&show_article=1

Geochelone on March 17, 2011 at 4:54 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton says she does not want to stay on as secretary of state if President Barack Obama wins re-election in 2012
Clinton told CNN on Wednesday that she is happy in her current role and does not want to become president, vice president or defense secretary. In an interview in Cairo, Clinton says she has no interest in running for president in 2016 and plans to spend the next two years at the State Department.

Link

Geochelone on March 17, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Hillary always said she was only serving one term. She really only wanted to do 1 or 2 years. That she’s still there means that the administration is hard up on people with experience. Normally, SOS is a coveted spot.

MrX on March 17, 2011 at 4:58 PM

I’ll be stunned if she leaves. She’s basically Barry in a dress. Their world view is not that different.

SouthernGent on March 17, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Poor poor Hillary.

That damned phone keeps ringing at 3 a.m. and it’s making her tired and cranky.

I feel sorry for the world – but certainly not for her.

Stephen Macklin on March 17, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Hillary will NOT DO A THING SOROS doesn’t condone.

If SOROS is tired of OBlah Blah and feels he has worn out his usefulness and wants Hillary in there, she will run, if not she won’t.
Soros is pulling the strings and Hillary is every bit the puppet that OBlahBLah is.

It’s all about the money, It’s always all about the money!

The President of the United States is no longer the most powerful person in the world, at this point, George Soros is through his minions.

dhunter on March 17, 2011 at 5:15 PM

She’ll wait for maximum impact, probably while he’s on vacation -again- next week. He doesnt do anything to warrant a need for a vacation.

Golf must really be stressful.

dogsoldier on March 17, 2011 at 5:27 PM

ObaMao’s claim that he would be fit to serve as an executive, as President, was that he ran a successful campaign. Big whoop!

Jonah Goldberg cites what the Big O told some top-tier supporters recently:

“The first time around it’s like lightning in a bottle. There’s something special about it, because you’re defying the odds. And as time passes, you start taking it for granted that a guy named Barack Hussein Obama is president of the United States,” Obama said. “But we should never take it for granted.”

“I hope that all of you still feel that sense of excitement and that sense of possibility, because we still have so much more to do.”

ObaMao is absolutely insufferable and probably certifiable. The adulation and strokes that he gets from campaigning is all that motivates or rewards him.

onlineanalyst on March 17, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Hillary, press the RESET button and bail on this administration. Resign and spend some time with the family, perhaps crocheting some booties for any expected grandchildren. If you want to join the fray at some later time, you can hide behind these grandchildren as human shields, taking some tips from Pelosi, the Mistress of Deceit and Delusion.

onlineanalyst on March 17, 2011 at 5:36 PM

It will be interesting to see how deep her party loyalty is. Will she risk tarnishing Obama’s re-election chances for the sake of country? Or will she take back her claim that she doesn’t want to run for President so she can challenge the Vacillator-in-Chief, confident that the party will follow her?

Buy Danish on March 17, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I have absolutely no interest in sticking up for PBHO or for Madame Reset Button, it is off the mark to say that either of them will have blood on their hands for the actions of the Libyan madman. Sorry, but that is not our fight. Even if you thought it were, the blames goes back to every CINC over the last 35 or so years who have left him in power.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2011 at 3:46 PM

I can’t disagree with you here, but there’s a part of me that remembers how Bush was treated over Rwanda. I do think it’s perfectly fair to lay all the blame here on obama and hillary over Libya, and I’m not really that concerned about the “ethics” anymore. This is war.

I didn’t declare it, they did.

runawayyyy on March 17, 2011 at 5:42 PM

WHAT IF:

Hillary had won the Dem primaries and defeated McRino…

We would then have had Hillary as pres. She is so flustered and tired that she can’t function as SOS. Imagine as Pres. Her presidential decisions and actions would be on a par with ODildo…. and the Repubs think their bench is weak!!!

highninside on March 17, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Hillary resigning and then going on a public tour cutting Obama off at the knees is probably the best thing that could happen for the Dems at this point.

Kevin71 on March 17, 2011 at 5:51 PM

“I’ve dispatched Hillary to the Middle East to talk about how these countries can transition to new leaders — though, I’ve got to be honest, she’s gotten a little passionate about the subject,” Obama said to laughter from the audience.
He is a Superfool and the audience is no better for eating his caca. May they suffocate on it.

They laugh at the dying.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Did ObaMao really say that? Who was the audience?

onlineanalyst on March 17, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Did ObaMao really say that? Who was the audience?

onlineanalyst on March 17, 2011 at 5:56 PM

I think it was those three hags from the View and Chris Matthews, everyone else has quit listening to the “Cousin Eddie Presidente”

dhunter on March 17, 2011 at 6:04 PM

He completely dissed his Secretary of State at the Gridiron Club Dinner. I have no love for Hillary but Obama is a totally classless POS. This alone would be enough to make her quit.

http://www.thedaily.com/page/2011/03/17/031711-news-hillary-2-2/

I’ve dispatched Hillary to the Middle East to talk about how these countries can transition to new leaders — though, I’ve got to be honest, she’s gotten a little passionate about the subject,” Obama said to laughter from the audience.

“These past few weeks it’s been tough falling asleep with Hillary out there on Pennsylvania Avenue shouting, throwing rocks at the window.”

xrayiiis on March 17, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Geochelone on March 17, 2011 at 4:57 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton says she does not want to stay on as secretary of state if President Barack Obama wins re-election in 2012

There’s a clue in this quote, “…if President Barack Obama wins re-election in 2012.”

Leading up to the 2008 election, there was no “if”, it was always “when”. Hillary is admitting he is weak enough to be beaten by a Republican challenger or perhaps a Democrat challenger. She knows she is probably the only Dem at this point who could beat him. I have a hard time believing she’d let that chance pass. And it appears Bill is setting the stage with his recent comments.

As much as I despise her politics and would expect we’d be fighting the same battles over healthcare, unions, etc… I think she could at least have made a decision about Libya by now.

behiker on March 17, 2011 at 6:45 PM

I can’t disagree with you here, but there’s a part of me that remembers how Bush was treated over Rwanda.
runawayyyy on March 17, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Huh? Clinton was the do-nothing president during the 1994 Rwanda genocide (and Madeline Albright was Secretary of State).

Buy Danish on March 17, 2011 at 6:48 PM

The UN’s No Fly Zone announced minutes ago is probably too late.

Sarah Palin proposed a No Fly Zone on February 22. If it had been undertaken at that time it might have made a difference. and there was no need to send in ground troops if Qaddafi’s headquarters had been targeted.

The Hildebeast is working for a doofus who is always weeks behind a conservative woman who the idiot MSM ridicules on a daily basis. She knows in her heart that her boss doesn’t measure up and that the first female POTUS will be a pro life conservative. No wonder she looks so old.

Basilsbest on March 17, 2011 at 6:54 PM

The best thing Hillary could do for our country is quit and write an honest book about her two years in little Bammie’s admin.

slickwillie2001 on March 17, 2011 at 7:00 PM

The best thing Hillary could do for our country is quit and write an honest book about her two years in little Bammie’s admin.

slickwillie2001 on March 17, 2011 at 7:00 PM

What part of her history makes you think she’s even capable of honesty? She’s a Clinton, for pity’s sake.

SKYFOX on March 17, 2011 at 7:11 PM

behiker on March 17, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Well the “if” is necessary because if Barry loses then HRC can’t possibly stay on as SOS. That’s why it’s conditional I suppose. But as a Clinton even the efinition of “is” is debatable, so we have to watch she how she flits her forked tongue.

Geochelone on March 17, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Ironically, secretary of state Hilary would rather be president and the president Obama would rather be secretary general of the UN. It’s the Bizarro Administration!

the wolf on March 17, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Don’t go away mad, Shrillary…just…go away.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 17, 2011 at 9:08 PM

I look forward to a bloody Democratic fight between the Clintonistas and the Obami. As long as they’re tearing each other up, they’re limited in how much attention they can pay to what the Republicans are up to.

RebeccaH on March 17, 2011 at 9:55 PM

This is actually sad. Hillary was handling those 3AM phone calls just fine — it’s just that she couldn’t get the President to wake up afterwards.

unclesmrgol on March 17, 2011 at 9:56 PM

What they say about sleeping with a dog ! Be it black or yellow.

bayview on March 17, 2011 at 10:29 PM

I never understood why she took the job in the first place. To me, it was an obvious ploy to park her on the sidelines because she would be unable to be an “independent voice” in the media as SOS. She has to parrot the administration policies, whereas as a Senator, she had a platform to speak independently. The only thing I can think of is she accepted the position out of a perceived motive of patriotism, serving the country when asked. The cynical part of me is that the Clintons have NEVER done anything that is not calculated to benefit them personally in some way.

I hope she steps down quickly and lets Obama just continue to flounder.

When Obama put in those specialty foreign policy czars that removed huge chunks from the SOS umbrella, Hillary should have known she was a token cabinet member.

karenhasfreedom on March 17, 2011 at 4:12 PM

It was a poisoned pill. Refuse, and she’s a vengeful “chienne” who turned down the top Cabinet post to remains a junior Senator, albeit one who’d just wizzed in the POTUS’ cornflakes. Good luck getting choice committee assignments and face time from Dingy Harry! Accept, and…well, you summed up what happened.

Remember, for progressives, Obama (until recently) was the dream date for the evening, Hillary was/is the ugly 7 AM mirror reality.

ebrown2 on March 17, 2011 at 10:30 PM

“to remain”

ebrown2 on March 17, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Running.

We’re screwed with him; it’ll be twice as bad with her. She’s had 40+ years of actually being a communist – as opposed to ‘Lil Barry’s playing at being one during his kindergarten time in the Oval.

GGMac on March 17, 2011 at 10:59 PM

It feels really weird to suddenly have hope in Bill Clinton. I need a drink.

Pablo on March 17, 2011 at 11:24 PM

let me rephrase that. what happens if Palin and the clintons team up behind the curtain to take out Obama? bill Clinton came out last week for a no-fly zone and a better energy polciy. Both line up 100% with Gov Palin’s positions. If Gov Palin’s path to victory is indeed the Regan democrate vote havign Bill and Hillary on your side is a good way to get those votes.

It looks like Palin will be going up against the liberal/marxist left wing and the liberal GOp wing. Bill and Hillary will allow her to capture the grea tmiddle of the country.

The Clintons will regain control of the dem party from Obama in 2013 after his defeat. If the gop establishment can make an unholy alliance with the Daily Kos. Gov Palin can make one with the Clintons…

unseen on March 17, 2011 at 3:32 PM

This is wrong, and wrong-headed on so many levels.

As if the “liberal wing” of the GOP is to the left of the Clintons.

The Clintons, both of them, are well to the left of any Republican anywhere.

Even the most liberal member of the GOP in the Senate (Mike Castle, remember him?) had about a 50% ACU rating.

Hillary’s was 6.

Go back and look up Hillary’s reaction to the Diallo shooting back when Giulani was mayor.

Hillary had a voting record more liberal than Obama’s in the Senate.

Reagan Democrats. LOL.

Some of you are so eager to get back at RINO’s (and so-called “RINOs”) that you are willing to defend and even elect democrats who are far to the left of the “RINOs” just to satisfy some weird need for vengeance.

If the gop establishment can make an unholy alliance with the Daily Kos.

?????????. Unbelieveable.

Dreadnought on March 18, 2011 at 1:07 AM

While Hillary’s pet slogan was “It takes a village to raise a child,” Obama apparently believes “It takes a community organizer to raze a nation.”

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on March 18, 2011 at 2:40 AM

I guess that Hillary doesn’t like anybody but Billy Bob treating her like a dumb-sh*t…
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RalphyBoy on March 18, 2011 at 3:42 AM

IMO The Clintons must smell big time electoral defeat coming in 2012 and don’t want to be caught in it, looks like they are backing away from the Golfer so they can be there to regain control of their party from the ash heap. Imagine all the cheap thrills they would get from party folks telling them; Oh Bill, Oh Hillary, you were right, we should have listened to and supported you, this guy brought our party down … blah blah blah, etc.

Done That on March 18, 2011 at 6:51 AM

I can sympathize with Hillary. I work in a plce where no body makes decisions.
I go to work pi$$ed off most of the time bcs of it.
You get real tired of crap like that.

Badger40 on March 19, 2011 at 10:16 AM

I knew when he ask her to be the Secretary of State he had a motive. Appointed her and then paid no attention to her but she got the blame for things that went wrong. His agenda? Discredit her enough that she would not be a challenge to him in 2012. I think it might have worked, but then Bill is the Come Back Kid so he may have a trick up his sleeve. I am surprised she put up with him this long.

old war horse on March 20, 2011 at 2:24 AM

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