First things first: Yes, Hillary Clinton is ineligible for her new job as Secretary of State.
She’s no diplomat, she’s a hawk, she’s more of a celeb than a savvy pol, and for crying out loud, her own party even rejected her as a presidential candidate — we’ve made all those arguments (here, here, and here) and Barack Obama refused to listen.
Ineligible? Yes. But not for the reasons now conjured up by the nattering nabobs of Judicial Watch.
Rather than having to look at Judicial Watch’s self-proclaimed “announcement” of Hillary’s ineligibility, read the CBS story “Is Hillary Ineligible for Cabinet?”:
A conservative watchdog group called Judicial Watch is arguing that thanks to a Constitutional clause known as the “Emoluments Clause,” Hillary Clinton cannot legally become secretary of state until her Senate term expires in 2013.
Article I, Section 6, of the Constitution says this: “No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time.” …
Judicial Watch’s argument, then, is that because President Bush signed legislation increasing the salary (or Emoluments) of the secretary of state in January 2008 – while Clinton was in the Senate – she cannot, by virtue of this clause, be appointed to the office during her elected term.
You’ll remember this Clinton-hating “watchdog” as the outfit that tried to turn Whitewater into Watergate.
Note to Judicial Watch: Take your emoluments (and some emollients) and stick your argument where the sun don’t shine.
This cockamamie stab at Hillary from the vast right-wing conspiracy is sure to win her some undeserved sympathy.
Not from me, of course.