On Fox, Tantaros said Obama nominating Clinton as sec. of state "would be akin to a family adopting the Menendez brothers"

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Discussing the possible appointment of Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, Andrea Tantaros said that if President-elect Barack Obama "select[s] Hillary Clinton and Bill ... it would be akin to a family adopting the Menendez brothers." Erik and Lyle Menendez were convicted of first-degree murder in 1996 for shooting their parents to death.

FoxNews.com contributor Andrea Tantaros compared Sen. Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton to "the Menendez brothers" during a discussion on the November 19 broadcast of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes about whether President-elect Barack Obama would nominate Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. After co-host Alan Colmes asked Tantaros whether, in her judgment, Obama had selected "one good person yet" for his Cabinet, and also asked her to "[n]ame one good thing he's [Obama] done," Tantaros said that if Obama "select[s] Hillary Clinton and Bill ... it would be akin to a family adopting the Menendez brothers, if they took them on." Erik and Lyle Menendez were convicted of first-degree murder in 1996 for shooting their parents to death.

Earlier on Hannity & Colmes, Tantaros said Obama's strategy for nominating Hillary Clinton would be to "keep your friends close and your enemies under your thumb."

From the November 19 broadcast of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes:

TANTAROS: Oh, it's gonna be quite a circus if all these appointments go through.

ALAN COLMES (co-host): But Tom Daschle?

TANTAROS: I think -- I think the list of names -- Hillary Clinton, she's the most hawkish out of all of them. But this isn't just keep your friends close and your enemies closer, Alan. This is keep your friends close and your enemies under your thumb.

COLMES: I see.

TANTAROS: By selecting these Clintonistas, he's putting a down payment on an eight-year term -

COLMES: I see.

TANTAROS: -- and I don't think Hillary wants it.

COLMES: All right, so -- I see.

TANTAROS: If I were Hillary, I wouldn't want to be under Barack Obama's thumb. Would you?

COLMES: All right. You know, it's - you know, the guy -- he can do nothing right in the eyes of some conservatives, right Julie? I mean, there's nothing he can do. No matter who he would pick, they'd find a reason, "Oh, my God, look what he's doing." Either they have no experience, or they have experience, and they criticize either way.

JULIE MENIN (Women's Campaign Forum board member): Well, that's exactly right. I think he's picked absolutely amazing people. I mean, Tom Daschle has experience as a former Senate majority leader, and what I really think is it signals how important health care is to the Obama administration, and how they really want to help insure the 47 million Americans who -

COLMES: Right.

MENIN: -- don't have health insurance.

COLMES: Andrea, has he picked one person -- one good person yet? One? Can you name one good thing he's done?

TANTAROS: Mmm --

SEAN HANNITY (co-host): I can.

COLMES: One good thing? No, no, no, I'm talking to Julie.

HANNITY: I got an answer.

COLMES: You know, whenever I ask a guest a question, Hannity loves to answer me. Julie, name one good thing Obama's done.

TANTAROS: I'm Andrea.

COLMES: I mean Andrea. I know.

TANTAROS: You're confusing us.

COLMES: I'm just so confused.

TANTAROS: How can you confuse us, Alan.?

HANNITY: I got an answer.

COLMES: I know. Go ahead. Name one good thing he's done.

TANTAROS: No -- if he -

HANNITY: I have the answer.

TANTAROS: -- if he selects Hillary Clinton -- even though for them to select Hillary Clinton and Bill, it would be akin to a family adopting --

COLMES: Name one good thing he's done.

TANTAROS: akin to --

COLMES: That's all I'm asking.

TANTAROS: Hold on, hold on, hold on.

COLMES: I'm asking. You're not answering my question.

TANTAROS: It would be akin to a family adopting the Menendez brothers -

COLMES: Can you name one good thing he's done?

TANTAROS: -- if they took them on.

MENIN: Now, but wait a minute, Andrea --

TANTAROS: If he names Hillary, I think she'd be a better pick than the rest of the names on that list.

COLMES: I see.

Network/Outlet
Fox News Channel
Person
Andrea Tantaros
Show/Publication
Hannity & Colmes
Stories/Interests
Hillary Clinton, 2008 Elections
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