Friday, November 21, 2008

Is Hillary a done deal for Secretary of State?

According to news reports fed by leaks or rumors of leaks or whatever, Hillary Clinton is supposedly Barack Obama's final pick for Secretary of State. But, if that was really the case, why wouldn't he announce it? He appears to be using a "test by leak" strategy where a decision is floated by leaking it to see how it is received, giving him deniability and the opportunity to change his mind before finally going public. Assuming that this is his strategy and that no serious objections have been raised, that would strongly suggest that Hillary is virtually a done deal unless she decides to back out.

Personally, I would rather see Bill Richardson as Secretary of State and Hillary given some Senate leadership position and an opportunity to shape health care reform.

Finally, I am contemplating whether or when Hillary might seek to become Governor of New York as her next big jump.

-- Jack Krupansky


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