Thursday, January 22, 2009

History Repeats Itself

The new president from Illinois takes office. The Senate confirms his choice for secretary of state. That nominee is the senator from New York who was his main rival for his party's nomination.

Those things happened in both 1861 and 2009.

The two main differences are that William Seward was a Republican, and, as far as we know, he never wore a pantsuit.

Yesterday, the Senate took a roll call vote on Hillary Clinton's nomination for that office. She was approved 94-2. The two dissenters were Republicans Jim DeMint of South Carolina and David Vitter of Louisiana.

The main issue in the confirmation process was whether contributions by foreign governments and individuals to her husband's William J. Clinton Foundation create a conflict of interest.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No doubt Mr. Obama sees himself as a later day Lincoln awaiting Doris Kearns Goodwin's favorable treatment.

"A team of rivals part II"