"Our Leading Diplomat Is Very Undiplomatic"

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on November 16, 2009

I’ve never understood why Barack Obama chose to make Hillary Clinton his Secretary of State. This article, detailing the Secretary’s many verbal miscues, slips of the tongue, and failure to stay on message, doesn’t make that decision look any better.

I mean, it’s not as though we couldn’t have seen any of this coming:

Perhaps the campaign feel helps to explain some of Hillary’s verbal burps. While many people think of Clinton as scripted and cautious, other facets of her personality–temper, self-assurance, sarcasm–have always broken through her robotic façade. Indeed, the hyper-disciplined Hillary of memory is an exaggeration. When she was a presidential candidate, Clinton’s mouth repeatedly caused her trouble. Think back: There was her surprisingly inept stumble at a pivotal debate on the subject of driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants; her false recollection of landing under sniper fire in Bosnia in the 1990s; her angry outburst of “shame on you, Barack Obama!” at an Ohio press conference; and her utterly tone-deaf invocation of Bobby Kennedy’s 1968 assassination as a reason for continuing her campaign even after Obama had effectively sewn up the Democratic nomination. “Hillary’s message discipline is more myth than reality,” says one former aide to her 2008 presidential campaign. “The campaign lived in regular fear that she’d say something to throw us off message.”

Many of Clinton’s verbal miscues are now being excused by her State Department allies as “straight talk” or “blunt.” Funny; when John Bolton was “blunt,” those same people lost their minds.

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