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Monday, Dec 1, 2008, 11:28 am

Bitter State Department Irony

By Jeremy Gantz

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Samantha Powers, the Obama campaign advisor who called Hillary Clinton "a monster" in March (and resigned from the campaign team a few hours after her comment was published), is helping the incoming administration prepare for Clinton's role as secretary of state. Powers, author of A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, is a member of the "Agency Review Team" for the State Department, according to this AP story.

Power told the Scotsman newspaper that Clinton would stop at nothing to defeat Obama. "She is a monster, too," Power said in the interview. "She is stooping to anything." Power added that "the amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive."

I'm sure she and Clinton are looking forward to a collegial relationship. Maybe it's all blood under the bridge, as Obama suggested during this morning's press conference while responding to a question about his campaign-season comments about Clinton's lack of foreign policy expertise:

This is fun for the press to try to stir up whatever quotes were formed over the course of the campaign.

Jeremy Gantz is a contributing editor at the magazine. He is the editor of The Age of Inequality: Corporate America's War on Working People (2017, Verso), and was the Web/Associate Editor of In These Times from 2008 to 2012. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, he worked as a reporter for The Cambodia Daily in 2007. After graduating from Carleton College in 2004, he lived in Sri Lanka on a Fulbright scholarship, studying the intersection of ethnic politics and public education. His articles have also appeared in Chicago-area newspapers, Alternet and the Onion’s A.V. Club.

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