Team of Rivals
10:12 AM, Nov 14, 2008 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Will Barack Obama choose Hillary Clinton to be his secretary of state? She was in Chicago yesterday, and Politico reports that "Obama has, himself, recently discussed the possibility with advisors," some of whom like the idea.
Jennifer Rubin looks at the merits of making Clinton secretary of state:
The political benefit to Obama is much more obvious. If Hillary is offered and accepts the job, that would almost certainly prevent her from challenging Obama for the 2012 nomination--no matter how bad things get in the next four years. The unseemliness of a cabinet member challenging the president would just be too much. As they say, keep your friends close ...
But Clinton has much to gain politically as well: it could potentially put her in a better position to make one last run in 2016 (she would be 69 then). While being secretary of state would tie Clinton to every Obama administration foreign policy decision, she would be able to avoid taking a position on all of the tough, controversial economic questions that she would otherwise have to deal with in the Senate.