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Hillary will be Secretary of State

I know some people are surprised, but personally, I'm not. After the VP pick fiasco, if Obama wants to soothe the ruffled feathers there he'll need to offer Hillary some kind of consolation prize. And I guess Secretary of State is it. What's more surprising to me is that apparently, she plans to accept.

Hillary Clinton plans to accept the job of secretary of state offered by Barack Obama, who is reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration, the Guardian has learned.

Obama's advisers have begun looking into Bill Clinton's foundation, which distributes millions of dollars to Africa to help with development, to ensure that there is no conflict of interest. But Democrats do not believe that the vetting is likely to be a problem.

Clinton would be well placed to become the country's dominant voice in foreign affairs, replacing Condoleezza Rice. Since being elected senator for New York, she has specialised in foreign affairs and defence. Although she supported the war in Iraq, she and Obama basically agree on a withdrawal of American troops.

Clinton, who still harbours hopes of a future presidential run, had to weigh up whether she would be better placed by staying in the Senate, which offers a platform for life, or making the more uncertain career move to the secretary of state job.


Hillary's not doing this to build bridges or heal old wounds. She's in a pretty good position right now, relatively speaking: she can continue on with her cushy Senate position and hope for another Presidential bid soon, or she can go for the Secretary of State position and hope it doesn't ruin her chances for another Presidential bid. The odd thing about this to me is that Hillary is taking a job where she will be at the whims of someone she really, really doesn't like. The good news on that front is that at least she'll be willing to give him hell sometimes, I guess... and hopefully on important national security issues like, oh, not meeting with Iranian dictators without preconditions.

I think she'll accept the job. It gives her the chance to continue on in the national spotlight and it gives her the chance to start making a difference, which is all Hillary's ever wanted (even though I don't agree with most of the changes she wants to make). The real question is, will this heal the rift in the Democratic party, or is Hillary just calculating her way through?

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Comments (14)

I think Hillary is enhancin... (Below threshold)
retired military:

I think Hillary is enhancing her resume.

Whereas I dont wish it I believe that there is a good chance that Obama will probably be killed prior to the end of his first term.

Biden will most likely select her as his VP and not run again in 2012 (he has been there and done that like 4 times and never got more than 55 of the vote in the primaries) and that will leave the slot open for her.

I am sure that the above is on her mind. Alternatively she is biding her time and waiting for that SCOTUS slot to open up.

Bah.Above when I s... (Below threshold)
retired miilitary:

Bah.

Above when I said 55 I meant 5%.

The most powerful man in th... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

The most powerful man in the free world Jan. 21, 2009?

Bill Clinton

Actually it makes sense to ... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Actually it makes sense to me. It does (as retired military said above) enhance her resume. It keeps her continually in the 24/7 news cycle (more name/face recognition and notoriety, plus the off-chance that she'll actually accomplish something) AND -- this is important -- it keeps her in Washington and on the road, and away from Big Willie, which leaves him and Little Willie free to do whatever they like. It's a win-win for everyone, except perhaps for America.

Good move by President-Elec... (Below threshold)
kevino:

Good move by President-Elect Obama. If his negotiation strategies don't work, then the Clintons will share the blame. Everything he does would have been discussed in the press by the Clintons, but now Senator Clinton will be working for him, and President Clinton will be the happiest person in the US - with Hillary gone for so much of the time.

Bottom line: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

The only bad news: she's fourth in line to be President. Watch your back, guys.

Rift in the democratic part... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Rift in the democratic party????? Did you see the election results???
Another rightwing dream.

There's only one rift in a political party- that's in the used-to-be "big tent" GOP. The looney right has taken it over.

Actually I agree with JFO. ... (Below threshold)
Eric:

Actually I agree with JFO. What rift in the Democrat Party? Obama is now the undisputed head of the party, the whole lock stock and barrel. He doesn't need Hillary to seal any rift.

I don't see how becoming Sec State benefits Hillary. As a resume builder? I don't think so. I think being a U.S. Senator does that pretty well. She can be Senator for life if she wants. Why would she want a job that at most would be for 8 years. That job is also at the pleasure of her political rival. Obama could fire her for any reason once she is there. Then she would be without a job. In the Senate, she would have to be impeached or voted out. What's the likelihood of either?

Sec State is also a hard job. To be successful means becoming a multi-million miler air traveler. Credit for successes will go to Obama, blame for failures will go to her.

If Obama is a success as President, she can't run for another 8 years. But she can rack up chits in the Senate. If Obama is a failure, she can run on the "I told you so platform". But she can only do that from the Senate, she can't do that as Sec State.

Hillary would be fifth in l... (Below threshold)
MPR:

Hillary would be fifth in line. Pres, V.Pres.(yikes!) Speaker,(bigger yikes!)pres pro temp.(that would be Robert KKK Bryd) then Madam Sec. State.(biggest yikes!).

If Senator Clinton takes th... (Below threshold)
kevino:

If Senator Clinton takes the job, it will signal that she's probably giving up her quest for the Presidency. As a cabinet member, she can't very well mount a campaign for the nomination against a sitting President for her own party. That would be unseemly - even for the Clintons.

It would make it easy to sell more State Department secrets to the Chinese.

The Democratic Party was th... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

The Democratic Party was the fiefdom of the Clintons before Obama spoiled it all. Yet he comes to the Presidency with no serious confidants/ personal contacts who can seamlessly fit into the highest positions of foreign policy. So, all he has to pick from are Clintonites or, in this case, an actual Clinton. Maybe he's seen Biden at work and doesn't want him to be the only "experienced" voice on foreign policy in his administration. But, man, if there is a rift between Obama and Hillary at some point I am wondering how discreetly that would be handled.

There's only one r... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
There's only one rift in a political party- that's in the used-to-be "big tent" GOP. The looney right has taken it over.

Your dream state comments are distressing to read, JFO. It's not the right that is taking over.

LaMedusa, JFO very rarely c... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

LaMedusa, JFO very rarely contributes anything of substance to a debate.

Having Hillary for SOS is Obama's first of many major mistakes. This one will keep giving. As will Bidens mouth. I recommend she take the job. ww

Willie, it's Obama's way of... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Willie, it's Obama's way of making Hillary president, anyway. After all, she's paid her dues for a long time. She's been a forerunner in "nipping things in the bud" for over 30 years, now:

Hillary Rodham's 1974 Watergate "Procedures were Ethically Flawed"
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/925684/posts

I don't ordinarily comment ... (Below threshold)
panasonic shaver reviews:

I don't ordinarily comment but I gotta state thank you for the post on this one : D.




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