My colleague John Dickerson, who actually covered the Clinton presidency, is taking the lead on a story about the newly freed tranches of documents. So far, as windows into the soul of Hillary Clinton, they've been pretty fogged up. But as irony party favors, prescient criticism of the future Obama administration? They're aces. Igor Volsky, I think, spotted this gem first.
It's not like Obama made this mistake on his own. In her 2007-2008 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton repeatedly made the "you can keep your plan" pledge, to the general disinterest of the press corps. But having reported a bit on new White House counselor John Podesta and his advice that the White House pursue more executive actions, I was just as fixated on this memo.
There's no cheap lede in these memos. Just a lot of useful history.
TODAY IN SLATE
Meet the New Bosses
How the Republicans would run the Senate.
The U.S. Is So, So Far Behind Europe on Clean Energy
The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers
The Best Thing About the People’s Climate March in NYC
Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom
This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059
Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?
A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.