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The Rundown

8 a.m. ET: We interrupt our regularly scheduled parsing of the latest Hillary Clinton updates to bring you more serious and tangible news: Michael Mukasey is said to be "conscious, conversant and alert" after the attorney general collapsed while giving a speech last night to the Federalist Society at the Marriott Wardman Park.

(If you haven't yet seen the incident, turn on any news network, all of which are morbidly showing the video clip over and over again. Did you know, before last night, the name of the current deputy attorney general? It's Mark Filip.)

Also in worrying condition this morning -- Wall Street, where the financial system "is unraveling again." The stock market continues to fall and deflation is now a legitimate fear.

Congress broke session Thursday without agreeing on a bailout for the auto industry, though leaders left open the possibility that they could still return and strike a deal in December. And more bad news for Michigan: Henry Waxman stunned Congress by ousting John Dingell from the Energy and Commerce chairmanship -- though what's bad for Michigan will be good for the Obama administration's agenda.

And now, back to Hillarywatch.

There are only so many ways to say something is "likely" or "expected" to happen without saying, unequivocally, that it WILL happen. So Politico reports Obama is "on track" to nominate Clinton for secretary of state, and that "officials expect her to accept." WashPost also says the nomination is "on track" and "the selection could occur soon, perhaps immediately after Thanksgiving."

The New York Times, though, throws in that "most Democrats believe the decision is hers to make, and friends said Thursday that she was wavering." Why? Because Senate Democrats could still give her "a still-undefined leadership role."

Of course, those same words could be used to describe Clinton's potential role as secretary of state in the administration of a man whose foreign policy acumen she criticized for months, and with a vice president who probably sees himself as far more qualified for the post than she is. That awkward dynamic has led some observers to question whether "Team of Rivals" would really be as effective a modern governing strategy as it is a book title. David Broder and Thomas Friedman have already said yesterday that they don't think Clinton is the best choice for the job. But has that train already left the station -- "on track," as they say -- or is there still time for it to be derailed?

By Ben Pershing  |  November 21, 2008; 8:00 AM ET
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there is NO Senate leadership position... when Rodham Clinton demonized the black church with her wedge issues for her "hard working white people" strategy she lost the black vote in New York and nationally. There is a primary in less than 2 years and she knows she can not be re-elected. She has lost the black vote... not even Obama can get her re-elected.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 21, 2008 1:18 PM

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