NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Evan Ryan, Former Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Vera Blinken, 47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, and NCAFP Trustee and Former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Donald Blinken attend the National Committee On American Foreign Policy 2017 Gala Awards Dinner on October 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for National Committee on American Foreign Policy )
Tony Blinken and Evan Ryan, who are married to each other. He’s a deputy secretary of state; she’s an assistant secretary of state. They both donated to Clinton in late June, just before the most recent deadline for campaigns to file finance reports with the Federal Election Commission. Given the tradition of giving for political gain, it’s not surprising that one of the rare true power couples would part with a total of $5,400.
It’s really a small investment when you think about it. Blinken could be in line for any number of jobs in a Clinton administration, including the one he has, secretary of state, or national security adviser to the president. Ryan would certainly be under consideration for at least an undersecretary post at State or perhaps a high-ranking White House job.
What’s surprising about their contributions to Clinton is that Blinken and Ryan couldn’t be much closer to Vice President Joe Biden, who hasn’t said yet whether he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. Blinken was a top aide to Biden on Capitol Hill and the vice president’s national security adviser. Ryan handled intergovernmental affairs for Biden at the White House. Both of them moved over to State after Clinton left. The facile read and one we admit was our first thought is that they just unintentionally signaled that Biden won’t run.
But Blinken and Ryan are too smart for that.
We seem to be getting near the center of the swamp.
Antony Blinken and Donald Blinken? Brothers?