More Obama amateur hour diplomacy (updated -- Power resigns)
Samantha Power, Barack Obama's top foreign policy advisor, has now compiled quite record of statements that raise the question of Senator Obama's judgment in choosing her to be his foreign policy major domo. We have commented before on a long series of anti-Israel comments, her (and apparently Senator Obama's) plans to accept and promote ethnic cleansing when they retreat from Iraq, her characterization of Hillary Clinton as a "monster", and now the latest one: a comment that insults the Prime Minister of our closest ally.
Neither she nor Obama have met Gordon Brown or David Cameron. Their main point of contact is Mark Malloch Brown, the Prime Minister's eminence grise in the Foreign Office. "David Miliband seems impressive to me. I am confused by what's happened to Gordon Brown. I thought he was impressive."
Hillary Clinton's team is demanding Barack Obama sack one of his foreign policy advisers, Samantha Power, for describing Clinton as a "monster," one of the most personal comments yet in what is becoming an increasingly negative campaign.
Inevitably, the Clinton campaign is calling for Samantha Power's head. That's to be expected, I suppose. But I think it's something of a pity. People in both campaigns say awful stuff about the other side all the time (though calling Hillary a "monster" was bracingly harsh, to be sure). So the content wasn't totally shocking.
Power's real mistake was declaring herself off the record a half-sentence too late. Because convention holds that a source must specify that before speaking, I think the reporter was within his rights to publish the quote. However on balance I wish he hadn't.
Hat tip: Atlas Shrugs and Powerline.
Update: Power has resigned. MSNBC reports (and the New York Daily News confirms):
"With deep regret, I am resigning from my role as an advisor the Obama campaign effective today," Power said in a statement released by the campaign. "Last Monday, I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton and from the spirit, tenor, and purpose of the Obama campaign. And I extend my deepest apologies to Senator Clinton, Senator Obama, and the remarkable team I have worked with over these long 14 months."Clinton campaign backers had earlier this morning called for Power, the Pulitzer-prize winning author, Harvard professor, to step down for her comments.Obama campaign aides had little to say.
Well, Obama has promised "change" and he has already provided is with some.