• Hillary Clinton Approved as Secretary of State

    Shocking absolutely nobody at all, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted overwhelmingly to approve Hillary Clinton's nomination as the next secretary of state today, garnering praise amongst both Democrats (unsurprisingly) and Republicans (sort of unsurprisingly)…

    Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) said Clinton did "an outstanding job" at Tuesday’s hearing…

    Clinton also received praise from Republicans Thursday, such as from Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina. "Like most of us, I think Sen. Clinton could be one of our best secretaries of state," DeMint said.

    Of course, you never can please everybody. Whether you're running for president, defending your nomination to the cabinet, voting to invade a sovereign nation based upon shoddy evidence, or trying to choose just seven captions out of a hundred or more for a weekly photo challenge, you're always gonna get at least one loud dissenter.

    And you'll never ever in a million years guess who Clinton's was…

    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who had raised conflict-of-interest concerns about President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the former first lady's confirmation hearing on Tuesday, was the lone dissenting vote…

    In a statement issued after the vote, Vitter said Clinton is “a smart, capable colleague, and I take no pleasure in voting against her confirmation.”

    "But I must do so for one compelling reason," Vitter said. "I believe President Clinton's business and foundation dealings are a multimillion dollar minefield of conflicts of interest. And this could produce explosions at any minute, particularly concerning the Middle East where we least need them."

    You remember David Vitter and his somewhat strained history with the Clintons, don't you?

    Of course you do.

    Tags: David Vitter, Hillary Clinton, International Affairs, Jim DeMint, John Kerry, Obama Administration, Senate


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