You know that friend of yours, the one who has the big mouth? She’s the one who’s reliable and smart and gives good advice, but then you turn your back and suddenly she’s telling everybody things that you told her in confidence? It’s kind of hard to blame her, because she always “forgets” that you asked her to keep things private, and it’s not usually that big of a deal. Anyway, half of the things she spreads around are really more about her than you. It’s just, you kind of wish she would be a little more discreet. You know?
Well, Hillary Clinton is kind of that friend to Barack Obama. Her camp is leaking stories left and right about the vetting process for her as secretary of State. But there are two differences: First, the Obama camp, unlike you, never leaks gossip. So this is totally pissing them off. And second, Hillary and Barack aren’t friends. In fact, they’re people who spent months bashing each other in front of the nation for their own personal gain. They can barely tolerate one another. So that forgiving instinct you have for your own gossipy buddy? Yeah, Obama doesn’t have that. Maybe something to keep in mind, Hill.