You've no doubt heard the rumors by now about the potential choice of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in the Obama Administration. So far, it's just that: rumors. Clinton did, however, meet with Obama in Chicago yesterday — chances are they didn't relive their bare-knuckled primary battle over tea and crumpets.
A Hillary appointment would certainly give credibility to Obama' s earlier claim that he'd seek a "Team Of Rivals" for top-level positions.
Here's The Contrarian quick-play:
Once Hillary saw the writing on the wall and began campaigning wholeheartedly for Obama, she bought herself the option of expanded Senate authority. Already a gifted legislator (and no longer perceived as a spoiler), Clinton could have a huge role to play in Congress — particularly with Ted Kennedy on the way out. Hillary would presumably be the one to inherit Kennedy's social issues mantle, which would be a good thing, provided she refrain from using her influence to play scold to Obama. Which might be tempting, now that the bright lights of the Presidential race have dimmed.
That's why Obama is smart to offer her a position that plays to her stature (and ambition), yet allows him to put her in service of his agenda. Throughout her campaign, Clinton boasted about her familiarity with the world's leaders (even if she exaggerated her bullet-dodging prowess). And let's not forget that "3AM phone call" ad. As Secretary of State, Hillary would be one of the people who'd take that call, even before the President.
It could be an inspired choice, and one that lets Obama keep his friends close and his "frenemies" closer. But would she take it? HuffPo presents a few reasons why she wouldn't:
2. Vice Prez Joe Biden might already be the de facto Secretary of State.
3. She would serve at the pleasure of the President, which means he could fire her pantsuited ass.
What do you all think?