14 January 2009

Madame Secretary


How sweet does that sound? For anyone who managed to see her confirmation hearing yesterday, you were probably aware of two major themes:

1. It was a love-fest all around. Democrats were lovin' on her nad even Republican's were lovin' on her. At one point Dick Luger, the senior Republican, called her "the epitome of a big-leaguer." Yes please.

2. She was SO PREPARED. Word on the street is that she has spent the last two weeks researching, studying and reading every brief the State Department produced. She also met with every member of the Foreign Relations Committee IN PERSON.

While I'm not going to get into too much detail, all I'll say is that it was 6 hours of real intelligent people talking about really important issues in really nuanced ways. Elite? I think not. Just bright. Now that's who I want at the helm of Diplomacy! My two favorite quotes:

"I am proud to be an American at the dawning of this new American moment."

“Foreign policy must be based on a marriage of principles and pragmatism, not rigid ideology, on facts and evidence, not emotion or prejudice."

Now, tell me again why having intelligent people in charge is bad?

This is an article talking more about her prep work.

Here is one on "Hillary Clinton Reimagined."

Here's a video recap of the hearing.

Okay, en route to DC for the Inauguration!

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Kyle Taylor

Photo of Hillary from the Washington Post Article