Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Obama's Team: Part II

Continuing with our investigation...scanning for Atheists, inquiring about Agnostics, noodling (?) for Non-Beleivers, in Barack's Cabinet appointees...barring that we will at least reward good secular politicians...

Hillary Clinton - Secretary of State

We all know Hillary, she's been on the national political stage for years now, The First Lady of Arkansas, State Senator of New York, and her most difficult job, keeping Bill's pants on.  Listed as a Methodist, Hillary uses her religion very suspiciously.  While being a politician in the south, there really is no way to be elected than by proclaiming a deep and abiding faith, and as with Obama, we will take her word for it, no reason to suggest she is not religious.  But, we can moniter how and when she chooses to use her religion.  She is not openly religious, unless she's in front of a crowd of evangelicals, but she's reviled by conservative leaders, as her religion is essentially pro-choice.  So, is she the pious disciple that leaned on Jesus through the difficulties in her marriage?  Or is she the pragmatic, open-minded politician that her husband represented? It seems tough to claim both of these positions without alienating people on both sides, but isn't this the Clinton (family) legacy?  Knowing your audience, knowing the law, bending the law, bending the audience.  The Clinton's are nothing if not shrewd politicians, and they know that most people in our country are religious, they certainly convey that they "feel your pain", but behind closed doors they are negotiators to the first degree, and this is the real duty of the politician.  While we take at face value "Hillary as Methodist", we look at her track record of policy making and we see a history of (somewhat) progressive reform.  When the votes are up in the air, Hillary knows the audience, when policy and politics come around, jesus covers his eyes. Since Hillary is now in an appointed position, there are no more elections, no more playing to the audience, so we will soon see how she carries out the work that  Barack will hand her.  This is one voter who hopes to see Rick Warren and the like covering THEIR eyes.

P.S. - Looks like Holder will be confirmed as Attorney General...more next time.

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