Thursday, March 02, 2006

Clintons & Democrats: Left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing

From Townhall:
While Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was ripping President Bush's handling of American ports management, Bill Clinton was pushing for one of his favorite White House aides to be hired to defend the deal. The former president proposed to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) his onetime press secretary, Joe Lockhart, as Washington spokesman for the UAE-owned company, Dubai Ports World.

The Lockhart deal was never consummated. But the spectacle of the two Clintons going in opposite directions on the UAE port-management question exposed a Democratic fault line. Widespread public reaction against outsourcing control of the ports was seen by Sen. Clinton and other prominent Democrats as a chance to outflank the Republicans on homeland security in this year's elections. Behind the scenes, however, Democrats aligned with the Clinton family were lobbying for the UAE.

The lineup over the DP World raises questions about how Bill Clinton's free and easy political manner will impact his wife's prospective presidential campaign for 2008. Highly disciplined Hillary Clinton plays politics by the numbers, following a carefully plotted strategy. Her husband's freewheeling, intuitive style was typified when he tried to secure a well-paid assignment for his friend and valued aide, Joe Lockhart, who now heads a Washington-based media firm.
I wonder how awkward the Clintons' twice-a-year dinner dates together become? I mean, here's Bubba pushing for the port deal to become a reality, while his wife and other political opportunists rail against it. How weird is the political climate when Bush has Bubba and Jimmah agreeing with him, with Chuck the Schmuck Schumer wanting to give the port deal to Halliburton instead of a UAE company, and Bubba and Shrillary not communicating about this issue?

OK, no communication between the Clintons probably isn't surprising, but 2-of-3 ain't bad!