Cruising to Confirmation

It seems that the tough questions for Hillary Clinton are always less about her and more about her husband. So even on a day when no one was pretending to ask any tough questions, the sharpest concerns raised by senators considering Clinton’s confirmation to be Secretary of State had to with Bill Clinton and the money he raises money for his global foundation.


Clinton is used to being a star on Capitol Hill, as yesterday was no exception and she began to lay out her vision and that of her president. She talked about engaging Iran, and not dealing with Hamas. She even, according to the New York Times, “struck a sharper tone toward Israel on violence in the Middle East.”

The entire event was pretty anticlimatic, since she said nothing unexpected and was asked no especially probing questions. She bored Howie Kurtz, and Dana Milbank said the Senate had altered it role from one of “advise and consent” to “admire and congratulate.” In an particularly non-congratulatory mood, Chris Hitchens continues to fulminate about when she is terrible for the job. The nominee, for her part promised high-energy American diplomacy. “I assure you that, if I am confirmed, the State Department will be firing on all cylinders to provide forward-looking, sustained diplomacy in every part of the world,” she said.