By now, everyone’s heard about Hillary’s quiet little tete a tete with Barack as SUV caravans careened through the streets of Chicago yesterday, and the speculation that he’s considering offering her a senior cabinet post such as secretary of state.
There are two interesting issues that arise for me. First, this is a woman who wants to be president. While secretary of state IS the most senior cabinet post it almost never is a path to the presidency. In fact, there hasn’t been anyone in the 20th century (or perhaps ever) who followed that route to becoming president. I just don’t see the American electorate warming to the idea of her as their president based on four or six years as secretary of state. However, if she racked up some significant foreign policy achievements like negotiating an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and negotiated a peaceful resolution of Iran nuclear imbroglio, then her stock WOULD be highly priced.
Second, with Hillary in the cabinet that’s a whole lot of ego to fill a cabinet room. Joe Biden is no slouch in that department either, plus his forte has been foreign policy. So either Joe shuffles quietly off to Buffalo or there could be some pretty hot heads in the Obama cabinet. I never thought I’d find anything John Bolton said to be worthy of attention. But the Times does quote him saying something quite apt about this matter:
John Bolton…who forecasted as early as this past July that Mrs. Clinton could wind up at the State Department, laughed as he offered the incoming president this piece of advice: “Obama should remember the rule that you never hire anybody you can’t fire, especially as secretary of state.”
If he names her to this post, Hillary could be Obama’s Janet Reno, the high profile female cabinet officer he simply couldn’t fire no matter what she did or said. She’d be bulletproof. If they get along well and she succeeds in the job then this isn’t an issue. But if not…