Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

December 1, 2008 -

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) won't be bashing video games, at least for the forseeable future.

As reported by CNN, Clinton, a longtime critic of the video game industry, was named this morning by President-elect Barack Obama as his choice for Secretary of State.

The move, which confirms recent speculation regarding Clinton's prospects in the Obama administration, will focus the former First Lady's attentions on matters of foreign diplomacy.

Clinton is probably best-known for her efforts to legislate game content issues while serving in the United States Senate, as well as for her outspoken criticism of the 2005 Hot Coffee scandal involving Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Earlier this year, Clinton's likeness appeared on the "Statue of Happiness," a parody of the Statue of Liberty, in Rockstar's GTA IV.

 


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Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

Yuck.

My confidence in this country is seriously dropping. Energy plans? Solar and wind power technology aren't ready for cost-effective mainstraem deployment. To power a 3-bedroom 2-bath house off of solar for 10 years barring no additional maintenence, it's at least 40,000 dollars, and requires constant sun exposure.

Overseas? Set a date for what amounts to surrender against guerilla warfarers, who will just wait until we're out o fthe picture then take back the ground we've gained.

Technology? They all support the DMCA, the pro-IP act, the other technology litigation that's destroying our country's place as world technology leader.

Mass media? Well, obama got twice as much positive front page positions in the top 3 or 5 newspapers during his campaign than mccain. And percentage wise, mccain had double the negative front page coverage as obama.

Man, this is like watching the rock and roll revolution all over again. Society goes from one negative extreme to the other, without pausing in between, in the meantime, the corporations are secured in their power.

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

The problem here is the only big employer left in the US is the US government so what we do is build not only infrastructure but green energy that can take on 30% of our engery needs. In the desert and volcanic regions whole cities can be powered on green energy, hell Holland or Finland has wind and wave generators out in the harshest seas thats powering their cities, running solely on fossil fuels is a ticking time bomb and with only tony bit of leaders amugst the whole populace care about what happens when we do run out.

All in all its  better than saying there is no problem like I hear out of the right all the damn time...altho its hard to out shout the whiny the world is ending left....but this is about more than anyone thing.....



Yes JC Obama is not prefect but the trouble is anyone in office will have to create a middle step of a economy in between a waning manufacturing/blue collar base and a new solid economy founded on god knows what we have to do something and while not prefect its at least in the right step...and you can blame government for corporate misbehavior all you want but its the apathy of the common man who refuses to band together and starting thinking about whats best for us al they are stuck in the sheeple mentailty of the day to day ignoring anything beyond their reach, yes government sucks but only because we humans and our immature society sucks because we can not come together and do whats needed for us all.

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Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

I'm still not going to be jumping for joy yet. She's now in a higher position of power.

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

"Statue of Happiness"?  That sounds like a boss you would fight in Earthbound... maybe it would be the pentultimate creation of the Happy Happiest cult.

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Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

Don't get too excited yet. She could still try to stir up some sort of treaty to regulate international distribution and/or the internets..

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

Way to look on the bright side, GP.

On the downside, she's in a high position in government. Nothing good can come of that.

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Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

BTW, I called this one on Nov. 14th :)

Dan "SWATJester" Rosenthal Executive Director, GamesLaw.net Member, ABA IP Law Division Special Committee on Computer Gaming and Virtual Worlds

-- Dan Rosenthal

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

I hope your right GP, it would be nice to get Billary out of video game legistation.  I'm sure she still won't shut up about them, but if she can't legistate them, that'd be a big step in the right direction.

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

She might use video games censorship as a distraction from a bigger problem. :(

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

This sounds like change to me.  Of course, entrenched politicians are all about changing the system they've taken money from all their lives.

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

The only thing this is changing is Hillary's presidential prospects, making them go from possible to none.  I dislike both Obama and Hillary, but what Obama is doing here is simply beutiful strategy.  Any success she gains from the position will instead reflect on Obama, and not on her, where as any screwup will be fully blamed on her.  She does well, and Obama looks good.  Someone screws up, and she takes the blame.  Meanwhile, she can't turn down the SoS position, cause that would make her seem childish and immature to the american public. 

Honestly, it's poetry in motion watching her career start its grizzly decent.

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

It also gets her out of the Senate, and employed at Obama's will. It also gets her attention out of domestic affairs which is her favored playground.

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Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

You're kidding, right? You don't think Secretary of State is a ten times better launch pad for presidential aspirations than being one of 100 Senators on the Hill? Particularly in these times when America's foreign policy is up front and center?

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

Nope, it's not. She lost a presidential nomination and took a subordinate position to the winner, giving up a senate position in the process. By 2016 she'll be around 70 (I'm off by a year or so, but it's very close). There's no way she's going to run again for president.

Dan "SWATJester" Rosenthal Executive Director, GamesLaw.net Member, ABA IP Law Division Special Committee on Computer Gaming and Virtual Worlds

-- Dan Rosenthal

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

Being close to 80 never stopped Ol' Ass John McCain from running.

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

While it didn't stop him, being in his 70s didn't exactly help McCain.

-Gray17

-Gray17

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

McCain's abut 72 IIRC but yeah I  don't think Hillary has much of a shot at President anymore unless the worst happens and someone does take out Obama.

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

While it has been historically possible for Secretary of State to be a launching pad, I think the last Secretary of State to go on to be President was James Buchanan back before the Civil War.  I think it is a bit of a gamble because taking a position so close to the president means that your campain is going to depend on how well Obama does in office.  If he does well then you can try to ride his coattails but if he is unpopular then you have to work hard to distance yourself from him.

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Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

Not that I disagree with you but I will point out that Colin Powell's stint in the job didn't exactly scuttle his presidential chances. And he served under Bush II (though he did kinda distance himself even while serving).

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

To be honest this is exactly what I thought when I heard the job she'd get. =)

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

"Clinton is probably best-known for her efforts to legislate game content issues while serving in the United States Senate, as well as for her outspoken criticism of the 2005 Hot Coffee scandal involving Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas."

@GP: You left out the "probably best-known to GamePolitics' readers for her efforts" part. If you think the statement stands without that addition, then I'm taking you to task on this one.

 

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

It doesn't mean shw will be silent about them, just that she will no longer be taking an active role in attempting to legislate them.

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Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

My guess is that she will actually be silent about them. To the extent that she has a lot of political enemies, her wasting time talking about something she has no legislative authority over would only invite attacks -- she's too smart to subject herself needlessly to that kind of criticism for zero political gain (when you serve the president, you don't have a constituency to pander to).

Dan "SWATJester" Rosenthal Executive Director, GamesLaw.net Member, ABA IP Law Division Special Committee on Computer Gaming and Virtual Worlds

-- Dan Rosenthal

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

 The statue looks better, TBH.

Re: Hillary's New Job Takes Her Away from Video Game Issues

So far, so good!

 
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