Rex Tillerson seems to cause everyone to cover themselves with stupid. Marco Rubio is the most recent. Paul Mirengoff describes how at Rex’s hearing Mario was trying to get Rex at accept his laying down of markers. Rex neatly parried them. Mario seems most unhappy because Rex won’t accuse Putin of being a war criminal. Really.
Sidebar One: Picking The Donald over Mario was a good choice. We’re not sure about some of the others but Mario doesn’t have the right stuff. End Sidebar One.
Sidebar Two: Mario and Corey are using the hearings to set up 2020 presidential runs in their parties. We can safely eliminate them from folks we would support. We hope neither of them turn out to be the best of a bad lot in 2020. End Sidebar Two.
In a post-Obama world the State Department has many challenges. We would like to convert Putin to a pre-Obama Gaddafi. To do that you need some leadership (W rather than Obama) and some flexibility. Saying no to Mario is a very small step but still a step in the right direction on both counts.