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I recognize that Obama is wary of reigniting culture wars by abolishing "don't ask, don't tell." The issue cut Bill Clinton off at the knees, back in the day.

At the same time, how much more of a mandate would a newly elected president need in order to pull it off? How much more political capital would he have to have? 450 electoral votes? Seventy seats in the Senate? Twelve legions of angels?

Fact is, if Obama can't do it now, it's not going to happen.

I think that a civil rights movement the likes of which has not been seen since the sixties is necessary to change massive numbers of hearts and minds on the ground. That, or a gay billionaire who is willing to buy up every last minute of TV advertising time for the next year, Superbowl included, to accelerate that process.
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Many of my friends see Barack Obama as a master of cool and rational calculation, a man who made a thousand good decisions during the campaign and very few bad. But the selection of H.R.H. Clinton as Secretary of State screams out at me, "Mistake, mistake!" Clinton's foreign affairs experience is minimal -- not as tenuous as Palin's by a long shot, but not exactly policy-wonk-class. Her views are opposed to Obama's on the Middle East, where she is a hawk. But I think the most telling difficulty is that of temperament. Hillary Clinton is out for herself. Every discussion I've read about her reasons for moving says that she was fed up with how little ego-boo she was getting in the Senate as the junior Senator from New York. She wanted to be at the top, right away, and that's not how it works in the Senate. So what's she going to do at State? She's going to be a prima-donna, try to undercut Obama at every turn, and build herself up for a 2012 or 2016 run. After the last eight years, the State Department needs competent professionalism, and that's not what's in store with Clinton.

So what was Obama thinking? Surely, after having faced her in the primaries, he had some instruction in the good and bad parts of her character. He must have known what he was getting into. So what could have induced him to extend the offer? Her support during the general election? A pact with Satan?

My Obama-as-rationalist friends are hereby invited to tell me why this appointment is, in fact, a very good idea.
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