Countdown Tonight


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Just arrived in Washington from Barcelona. And now I’m off to chat with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC’s Countdown tonight.
We will be discussing themes from this article on President-elect Obama’s plans for Hillary Clinton.
On other fronts, you probably all know this — an old Japan-hand acquaintance of mine, Timothy Geithner, will be the next Secretary of the Treasury. I approve.
Hillary looks like State is hers. Bob Gates seems to be in at Defense.
Bill Richardson gets Department of Commerce — after Penny Pritzker turned it down. One might argue that Richardson has an extensive skill set in foreign policy matters — but little profile at all in dealing with business, labor, and the complications of rewriting a new domestic social contract. My choice would have been former John Edwards senior economic advisor and business CEO — preferred by labor — Leo Hindery.
More later. Off to the studio.
— Steve Clemons


8 comments on “Countdown Tonight

  1. chi hair straightener says:

    Thanks for posting the article, was certainly a great read!


  2. Steve Clemons says:

    nick — lol. yeah, perhaps over the top. but crafty duplicity played strategically to achieve good/progressive ends — is kissingerian to me. She’s capable of that.
    best to you,
    steve clemons


  3. nick says:

    The new Kissinger? Pleeze!


  4. Bill R. says:

    Economic integration with Latin America. No better person than Bill Richardson.


  5. Stagecoach says:

    Nicely done interview. Right on point!
    Yet to see an appointment where the skill set is not there. No head of horse racing to run emergency services….
    I think he is showing a lot of confidence


  6. daCascadian says:

    Well done.
    I think that Mr. Obama will surprise a lot of people. He appears to be one tough cookie.
    “…it`s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine…” – REM


  7. Matt says:

    I recently freed myself from cable tv slavery but your clip is up on msnbc’s website. Kudos!


  8. Caitlyn says:

    Every new Secretary of Commerce comes into office thinking
    that his or her job is to promote American business. Then they
    study the budget and personnel of the department and discover
    that they are the senior government’s senior applied science and
    technology official, albeit unrecognized as such. Between the
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National
    Institute of Science and Technology, the Technology
    Administration, the Patent and Trademark Administration and
    the National Telecommunications and Information
    Administration, the majority of the budget and personnel of the
    Commerce Department work on science and technology in
    support of industry and competitiveness. International trade is
    important in the department, but not the most important aspect.
    It will be interesting to see how long it takes Bill Richardson to
    recognize the focus of his job.


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