Saturday, October 8, 2011
It is nice to be loved. I make my second Clinton "Enemies List."
"He wrote WHAT?!?"
I have long resembled Kurt Hofmann's dictum, "It is better to be despised by the despicable than admired by the admirable." I am proud to say that I have been on the White House Enemies List of three consecutive presidents. And now, like a old campaigner getting another battle star, it is rumored that I have made a second Clinton enemies list.
A source familiar with the inner workings of the command deck at Foggy Bottom reports that my "In at the beginning" series (here and here) has excited some interest in the mid-level permanent bureaucracy there and that links have been forwarded to the Secretary of State's office.
"So?" I said. "And?"
"They don't like where you're going with this."
"Outstanding," I replied.
"SECSTATE doesn't like it."
"REALLY? She reads my stuff?"
"She read your latest."
"All the shit going on all around the world and she's worried about me? I don't believe it."
"And she doesn't like it?"
"She doesn't like where you're going, is what I hear. She doesn't like the attention about Fast & Furious."
"Damn. . . I HAVE arrived."
"You'll arrive on the 'kill list' if she gets pissed enough."
"You're fishin' in very deep waters in a very small boat, son."
"Just call me Jonah," I told him.
He didn't laugh.
The only woman on the planet who scares me more than my ex-wife.