The Pros And Cons Of Hillary As SoS

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Some on the following Hardball panel think it’s “crazy” and say she’s looking to 2012. But what exactly will she be doing in 2012? Not running for President?

In any event…

I think Hillary should take this spot for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is this seems to be a good stepping stone towards the Presidency and one of the only ones Hillary really has left. And this way she a) doesn’t have to be responsible for passing bad legislation in the Senate for 4 to 8 years and b) strengthens her foreign policy credentials on the world stage during the second presidency in a post 9/11 world.

And sure, the Secretary of State position hasn’t been a good way to become President for a while now, but nobody had the star power nor the tens of millions of votes Hillary had. She’s in a completely different position and those who cite history as a judge of whether or not she’ll be viable in 2016 are ignoring the fact that she’s, well, Hillary Clinton.

Am I crazy here?

  • kaseyd

    i agree. SOS would give her yet another solid thing to add to her service record and poise her to be the strongest candidate in 2016. i’d love to see it happen.

  • Jon Dale

    I’m thinking that this is another demonstration of how brilliant Obama is politically. He looks like a good guy reaching out to Hilary for something as prestigious as SoS. But he’s got this rigorous screening process he’s applying to everybody he wants in his cabinet, all part of good transparent government. And what do you know? Bill’s got all kinds of weird, kind of unseemly business connections around the globe. How do you think that makes Hilary look as a presidential candidate? So whether Hil gets State or not, she still looks less presidential. And there’s a chance the vetting makes her unacceptable. Brilliant.

    I just hope he’s this smart with everything else.