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Clinton Weighing Her Options

By Ben Pershing
Like the moon blotting out the sun, the Clintons and their attendant dramas continue to eclipse other stories on this cold and newsy Wednesday morning. Even as Eric Holder appears likely to become the nation's first African American attorney general and Ted Stevens has been belatedly felled by Alaska voters, the most compelling question continues to be whether Hillary Clinton will be secretary of state.

Yesterday's episode ended with a cliffhanger: It appeared that our heroine wanted the job, but would she and her rakish husband survive the vetting? In today's installment, we learn from multiple sources that she's actually undecided on whether she wants to give up her comfy perch as New York's junior senator.

It could be that she genuinely doesn't want the job and prefers to remain in the Senate, where Edward Kennedy just threw her a consolation prize by making her head of a "committee working group" (raise your hand if you know what that means) on health-care reform, after he reportedly snubbed her earlier request to chair a new health subcommittee.

Or it could be a way for this entire storyline to go away with minimal embarrassment to all sides -- actually, maybe a little embarrassment for Barack Obama, who would be snubbed for the first time -- and without Bill Clinton having to stop raking in the cash or disclose all his finances.

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By Web Politics Editor  |  November 19, 2008; 8:32 AM ET
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thing is... HRC has lost the black vote so she can't go with the Senate option. She lost the black vote when she demonized black churches and went with her "hard working white people" directional objective.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 19, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse


Isn't it also plausible that Obama knew from the start that Bill's "entangling alliances" would preclude Hillary's accepting an offer contingent upon a full vetting of the former president's foundation donors?

By floating the SoS possibility, Obama has enhanced Hillary's stature, and arguably, her power. That works to the advantage of both Obama and the Clintons.

Now Hillary can gracefully remove her name from contention, her political capital enhanced, by deciding to continue her important work in the Senate.

And maybe there's a ticket to the Supreme Court in a couple years thrown into the deal for good measure.



Posted by: scrivener50 | November 19, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

The election is over. Mature people recognize the heat of campaigning and let go after the final vote is counted. Barack Obama has been the mature focal point of post-election sanity. ..............

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 19, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Worse than the Implosion of our Business Environment since Barack's Win, is the Gaffe he committed considering a Lawyer/Senator for the Role of SOS! Especially one, whose Husband has demonstrated Moral Turpitude, and is currently selling US Policy Worldwide for $$$$.

Hard to believe, but "Change", might have been for someone even Dumber than Bushie!

Oh, but Wait!

I DID mention the Fact we Picked a choice of two Congressional Clowns from a Congress with a Third of the Approval Rating-Bushie had;

Now Didn't I! :-(

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 19, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Hey Pershing, what the eff has crawled up your ass this morning, huh? Her "rakish" husband? You mean, the former two-term President of the US who left this country with a billion plus SURPLUS in the Treasury, and whose former Cabinet picks are now permeating the Obama administration?

Sheesh! Professionalism is NOWHERE in the Post reporter's operating manual, now is it? But of course, you HAVE no management, I guess that's part of the problem!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | November 19, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

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