Ken Blackwell

Forbes Magazine is a most respected resource for business leaders. The magazine recently came out with a list of the world's Most Powerful Women. Not surprisingly, they chose German Chancellor Angela Merkel as No. 1. This is doubtless because the conservative Merkel has been trying to get the European Union to shape up. Putting out economic fires in Greece , Spain , Ireland , and Portugal , Germany 's financial strength has been put to the test. Just how much longer can the EU rely on Germany 's productivity to subsidize European sloth? Merkel is like the old E.F. Hutton ads on TV: When Angela talks, Europeans listen.

Michelle Obama ranks only eighth on the list. This is somewhat surprising, since it's hard to gauge just how much influence she has with the world's Most Powerful Man. She recently interrupted a family vacation on Martha's Vineyard , flying back with the president aboard Air Force One. She apparently had read some of the criticisms of her separate flights-and the extra expenses chalked up by the Secret Service in accommodating the First Lady and her schedule. Still, Michelle Obama has to be considered a potential presidential candidate herself if her husband holds onto his office next year.

Mrs. Obama would have precedent on her side if she contends for the Democratic nomination in 2016. That's because of the trailblazing efforts of none other than Forbes' No. 2 Most Powerful Woman: Hillary Clinton.

This may be the most left-handed compliment ever for the left-leaning Secretary of State. Hillary Clinton was subjected early to criticisms-from left-wing blogs-that she had allowed herself to be placed in a "foreign policy burka" by President Obama, the man who bested her for the 2008 Democratic nomination. Some liberals even went so far as to claim the president had made Mrs. Clinton over as a "Saudi wife." Those were stinging criticisms.

It's a bitter irony that Mrs. Clinton left a safe U.S. Senate seat in New York to become Mr. Obama's compliant assistant at the State Department. Can she really approve of this administration's anti-Israel policies?

Was she even consulted when the president delivered a highly controversial speech on Israel last May while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was en route to Washington? The president stated that the Israelis needed to consider returning to their pre-1967 borders. Those borders were indefensible and had led to Israel being invaded three times prior to the Six Day War in 1967.

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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