The whole point of bringing Mrs. Clinton into his administration was to keep her quiet and happy. Above all, it was to keep her involved so she didn't get idle and resentful -- and conspiratorial with her partner in love and crime, Bill.
Yet, in just six short months, Mr. Obama has managed to isolate and pull the rug out from under her. How has she been dissed? Let us count the ways:
c Iran. In the early stages of last month's democratic revolt, Mrs. Clinton urged Mr. Obama to be tougher on the regime and more supportive of the protesters. He blew her off. Then, more than a week into the massacre, he finally made a stronger statement condemning the regime's brutality.
Mrs. Clinton should have been satisfied -- except he didn't alert her before he did it. She had to hear about it on Fox News with the rest of us.
c Russia. She did not accompany Mr. Obama to Moscow two weeks ago to meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. She claimed her recently broken elbow prevented travel. But let's get real: She would walk over hot coals while swallowing a burning sword to be at the center of the world's action.
Because Russia is pretty much the only foreign policy portfolio that hasn't been taken away from her and given to a "czar," she would have packed enough Tylenols to get through it -- if she had thought she would have some influence. Instead, she stayed home, nursing her elbow and a rapidly simmering grudge.
c Syria. Mrs. Clinton's State Department had a "working group"
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