The White House has reportedly blocked Hillary Clinton’s effort to bring controversial columnist Sidney Blumenthal into the State Department to advise her. Blumenthal has been long seen as a polarizing and, according to some, a vicious partisan — including allegations that he spread malicious rumors about Obama during the campaign.
Blumenthal first became a nationally known figure during the Clinton Administration where he was often accused of nasty tactics and attacks against critics of Bill and Hillary. He later took a back seat on the Clinton campaign after being accused of the same types of attacks against Obama and then an embarrassing arrest for DUI.
Many Obama supporters were concerned with Clinton’s appointment to State after her own negative attacks on the President, but there was openly stated concerns about fiercely loyal and partisan Clinton operatives being placed in the new Administration. Blumenthal was often mentioned as one such concern. The decision of Clinton to go ahead and try to give Blumenthal an appointment is a measure of his value to the Clintons. It may also reflect a concern by some that Clinton is being marginalized in the Administration and that she needs some political Schnauzers to protect her back and her future.
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