Ken Blackwell

But, instead, Hillary seems to have become President Obama’s feminist to boot. Tina Brown charges that Hillary has been “a Saudi wife,” and an abused one at that. Hillary didn’t get her man, Richard Holbrooke, as her number two at the State Department.

She even had to suffer the indignity of not having her Harvard friend, Joe Nye, named as U.S. Ambassador to Japan. When Fritz Mondale was Bill Clinton’s ambassador to Japan, he described his duty as an honorable vacation.

Hillary had to swallow the White House’s man for Tokyo. And, this one had to hurt:

Obama tapped John V. Roos, stiff-arming the internationally respected Prof. Nye.

According to OpenSecrets blog, Mr. Roos and his wife were once major Clinton donors but last round Roos “bundled” at least $500,000 for the Obama campaign. Ouch! Talk about adding diplomatic insult to Hillary’s recent elbow injury.

President Obama famously told his Cairo University audience last month that the U.S. would champion the right of Muslim women to wear the burqa in the West--as if that’s the most pressing human rights problem for women or Muslims anywhere. That statement was quickly countered by France’s Sarkozy. He said the burqa is “not welcome” in his republic. This latest internecine row among American liberals, however, puts all of Obama’s comments in an entirely new light. Has the President put Hillary in a policy burqa? And will she be content to remain there? Stay tuned. It’s going to be fascinating.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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