Discussing reports that President-elect Barack Obama is considering naming Sen. Hillary Clinton secretary of state, several media figures have responded with smears, including speculation that Clinton would pursue her own agenda as secretary of state and not Obama's, references to Clinton as Obama's "enem[y]," and speculation that Obama is considering the nomination because if Clinton remains in the Senate, she poses a threat of challenging him for the Democratic nomination in 2012 and can "mak[e] trouble" for him in the Senate.
On Hardball, MSNBC political analyst Michelle Bernard asserted that if President-elect Barack Obama names Sen. Hillary Clinton secretary of state, "she will run a parallel government. It will be a huge problem." Additionally, Jennifer Donahue, political director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, asked: "Will she [Clinton] be, in fact, trying to create only one term for Barack Obama?"
Discussing controversial remarks made by a then-co-chair of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign about Sen. Barack Obama, Jennifer Donahue claimed that the Clinton campaign is "playing the race card" because of "what happened last week on the drug issue" and that Clinton's chief strategist, Mark Penn, "kept repeating it over and over and over." In fact, the entire Hardball segment on which Penn appeared was devoted to the controversy over the remarks about Obama's past drug use, and Penn was not the first to raise the drug issue.