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Posted at 6:26 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

What should Hillary Clinton do next?

By Stephen Stromberg

Hillary Clinton said Friday that heading the State Department would be her last public post. It's easy for politicians to make these sorts of declarations and then reverse them -- I didn't realize that the country needed me quite so much at the time! But I believe her. She seems smart enough to know that this is about the highest she'll rise.

Predictions that Clinton would challenge President Obama in 2012 always seemed lazy to me. The opportunity to win in a Democratic primary against the president -- if there is one at all, and I'm skeptical -- is there for a figure of the still-angry-about-that-public-option-thing left, not of the keep-us-in-Afghanistan center-left. And it is also unrealistic to think that she would run again in 2016, since she would be 69 by then, which would be an unavoidable campaign issue, and, assuming Obama is reelected, it'll be very hard for the Democrats to hold on to the Oval Office for a third consecutive term.

Still, it would be a shame for the world to lose her particular combination of talents following her work in the Obama administration. She says that she wants to go into advocacy work after leaving Foggy Bottom. That's nice. But here are some other options she might consider:

Overnight tech support agent. Don't worry. She'll be by the phone at 3 a.m.

Window washer. Actually, given her history of wishing violence upon panes of glass, perhaps this isn't the best idea.

Village taker.

Drama coach. Until she became secretary of state, she could plausibly claim, in the words of mediocre punk-pop band Cute Is What We Aim For, "drama doesn't follow me; it rides on my back." Seriously -- to call her 2008 campaign Chekhovian ignores the fact that Chekhov's main characters are usually on speaking terms and don't all hate each other in the end. Just put her on stage and watch everyone around her start looking for the nearest bus under which to throw their fellow cast members.

Amusement park owner. Hillaryland isn't dead -- it was just a dream put on hold.

Russian translator.

Personal bodyguard. She's used to taking fire in foreign countries.

WikiLeaks editor. She can be Gloria Steinem to Julian Assange's Hugh Hefner.

Upholstered chair. She'd look something like this.

Or maybe advocacy is the way to go.

By Stephen Stromberg  | December 3, 2010; 6:26 PM ET
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Ebonics instructor: her "I ain't no ways tired.", is a classic of how she perceives black folk to speak.

Or how about her talent for finding long-lost records? Remember how long subpoenaed documents were found right inside the White House? Why she could be a detective!

Posted by: sperrico | December 3, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

This is the best Stromberg can do? Pretty lame column, considering the potential richness of the material. Who is this hack Stromberg, anyway?

Posted by: turningfool | December 4, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Most, if not all, of Obama supporters and donators, have buyers remorse. We don't question the vote, at the time, but we can't exactly ignore the tremendous failure that Obama has done to advance the policies that we thought we were voting for. If Hillary challenged Obama in 2012, she would be a slam dunk to win against him. He is almost as unpopular on the left as he is on the right.

Posted by: SJMPARMAN | December 4, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Definitely a lame blog entry. Personal insults like this are not worthy of the Washington Post.

Posted by: rjmhudson | December 4, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

What a smuck you are Mr. Stromberg. People like you always seem to belittle Hillary. Just a reminder, 18-million people voted for her ... would even 18 vote for you?

Posted by: paris1969 | December 4, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

She should run for president in 2016 .... and lose to President Palin. ..... IF ... She has actually formed a "3rd" Party by then.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | December 4, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

What should Hillary Clinton do next? Quit.

And she should take the people she propped up around South Asia with her - when America needs to talk to one man and all those people get in the way all those people must go.

Posted by: darkasnight1234 | December 4, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Oh cluesless Mr. Stromberg:
The center and far left is not upset with the public option anymore. Obama is reaping what he has sown by selling away his pledge to run an open government with minimal lobby influence. Obama is caving on taxing the rich. What a tragic mistake the Democrats made in sending this two-bit hypocrite to the White House. Mr. Stromberg: Do your homework if you're going to receive pay for writing: Obama has no chance in hell to win in 2012.

Posted by: cougartonyusa | December 4, 2010 5:39 AM | Report abuse

SJMPARMAN post: "He (Obama) is almost as unpopular on the left as he is on the right."

Translation: he is governing from the center, making tough decisions, and pissing everybody an effort to get this country back in line. Just where he wants to be.

Posted by: madstamina | December 4, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Man, spoil my day! I want Hillary to challenge Obama so they both can destroy each other in a massive finger pointing battle of who lost the Great Society and other liberal nonsense. Guess it doesn't matter, as I am voting for Palin or Romney or anyone alive with an (R) next to their name on the ballot.

Posted by: JohnnyGee | December 4, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Ommm, is this really written under teh WAPO by-line. I am trying to imagine this appearing in a classy newspaper, like the New York Times.

Posted by: Mark35 | December 4, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Like others, I find this a totally offensive attempt at humor. Honestly, reviving jibes from the 2008 campaign is really classless. I'm not a big Clinton fan (Hillary or Bill) but recognize that both are passionate and committed public servants. Bill gave us 8 years of prosperity (although he did bring to Washington many of the Wall Street types who caused the fall and who are strangling Obama. Indeed, would the sell out of the Democrats to Wall Street taken place without Clinton introducing them to Rubin, Summers and then Geithner)

Anyway, I fully expect Obama to nominate Clinton the be Sec of Defense when Gates leaves. She would (finally) get to be the "first" -- first woman in that post -- which I think really appeals to her. And given the praise that Repugs have given her in the past, I think this is one nomination Obama could actually get through the Senate, even with a reduced Democratic majority.

And don't count her out for 2016 -- though those of you who think she'd be more progressive that Obama are likely sorely mistaken. After all, the Clintons are the ones who brought the DNC to the White House in the first place.

Posted by: lab-lady | December 4, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Hillary should return to the bimbo patrol, the only job for which she is qualified.

Posted by: jdonner2 | December 4, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Hillary has experience and is very competent. She makes decsions AFTER considering availalbe data and AFTER considering all the ramifications of her decision.

She would be a welcomed change to today's White House and she should resign as Secretary of State and announce her candidacy immediately.

Amateur presidential term should end in 2012 least more harm be done to the nation.

But who would replace her as Secretary of State? Obama and his cabinet are very short on competency....

Posted by: RandyM1 | December 4, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Hillary has experience and is very competent. She makes decisions AFTER considering availalbe data and AFTER considering all the ramifications of her decision.

She would be a welcomed change to today's White House and she should resign as Secretary of State and announce her candidacy immediately.

Amateur presidential term should end in 2012 least more harm be done to the nation.

But who would replace her as Secretary of State? Obama and his cabinet are very short on competency....

Posted by: RandyM1 | December 4, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Hillary should be president *now* and I deeply resent and deplore the Chicago knee-capping strategies David Plouffe used (with his little cool friend Howard Dean) to engineer away her Fla. primary win.
Oh, they took the Mich. primary win from her also. Plouffe brags about it in the book Gameplan. Read it yourself.
Anyone could be president if they are willing to send henchmen to cheat them into it.
Obummer is illegally elected president.
Will be delighted to write Hill in again, looking forward to it.
President Hillary!

Posted by: FloridaChick | December 4, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

It's hard to imagine a more outrageous waste of space for a newspaper like the Washington Post to allow this unnecassary drivel to pass as anything less than juvenile and mean. It's obvious that Stromberg has no regard for our people in public service and no understanding of the type of dedication it takes to persist and perform in the face of such armchair critics. Such gratuitous columns do not benefit your paper. And if this was an attempt at humor - well you failed.

Posted by: sec3 | December 4, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I think Hillary Clinton could have had an amazing political career if she had chosen to take the route Sarah Palin did- city councilman, mayor, governor. Or the route Barack Obama did- state assembly, Senator, President. Because along the way she might have learned to loosen up a little, the way she did when she ran for President. But she chose to ride the coattails of her husband, instead, and put up with all the pain that entailed. I can see that after becoming First Lady under the theory, "in for a penny in for a pound" but up until then she had many many other choices. It's a real mystery.

Some people do start out at retirement age to become city councilmen, mayors and/or state assembly persons. But someone as world famous as her would not do that.

Posted by: armyofone | December 4, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I think Hillary was thinking of giving another go at the nomination for President. Remember during this past election Bill Clinton went to campaign for candidates in states important to secure a nomination. And Hillary was far removed from DC during the Election.

Also, during this past month there have been several stories that Hillary would be a better President from different sources.

However, with these latest Wikileaks, they have weakened her national appeal and I think she sees the writing on the wall.

Her "capital" has been spent this past week.

Posted by: janet8 | December 4, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Put her on the 2012 ticket w/Obama, replacing Biden... positions her well for 2016

Posted by: kmcnyasha | December 4, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse


after 12 years of the two separated at birth twins, we need a grown up

Posted by: newagent99 | December 4, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

This column is vile.

Posted by: Jihm | December 4, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"What should Hillary Clinton do next?"

Stay home and service your horn-dog husband for a change and maybe bake some cookies.

Posted by: williepete1 | December 4, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

This column is absolutely pathetic. To think someone gets paid to be this unimaginative.

Posted by: hrc2211 | December 4, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

So,what Hillary Clinton & Zippy Bill Clinton need to do next simply is go find
a nice remote obsure deserted island in a
never visited part of the planet and retire
and never never ever be seen or heard from
again. And please do take Barack Hussein and Michelle Obama with you as well.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | December 4, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton has done more for our country than your worthless column can ever dispel. This column is a complete waste of space and an embarrassment for your tabloid newspaper. Hillary Clinton convinced the majority of Democratic voters that she was the best person to lead our country. But the Democratic leadership took the nomination away from her and the voters and we have not forgotten that. Don't be so quick to write her epitaph and do a lousy job at it with this kind of lame humor. People are struggling in our country right now and need answers not BS. We can thank the Democratic leadership for a weak inexperienced President when we could have had a strong effective President in Hillary. 18 million still think so.

Posted by: Ldyoung | December 4, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

How about she does us all a favor and resigns now, then chucks that piece of Arkansas trailer trash "husband" right into the dumpster where he belongs.

Posted by: jpost1 | December 4, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Hillary, rising on her husband's presidency

Obama, affirmative action election winner

Liberals, never standing on their own...

NObama 2012

Posted by: georgedixon1 | December 4, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I love satire, but you, sir, are crude and rude. Regardless of your politics or mine, the level of your column is the type I would expect from a playground bully not a journalist from The Washington Post. Thankfully, I have not read your columns previously and I certainly won't make the same mistake again.

Posted by: pawunder1 | December 4, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Some of you people have ZERO sense of humor....this was HILLARIOUS !! LOL

Posted by: maddogjts | December 4, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Comparing pictures of her on the campaign trail and today and its like OUCH! Where did that MILF go? Is she intentionally trying to look frumpy?

Maybe thats the way you have to do it when confronted with an Alpha male like Putin or some other uncultured male in a third world country. Unlike that paragon of virtue Billy bob mohammed Clinton.

Well at least when she retires from public life she can stay away from the buffet table at all those State Dept. dinners.

Strange, I don't see now, much difference in O or H in their policies or what they would have done. Funny how her vote for the war in Iraq most likely cost her the support of the loony far left and yet their pick still has us mired in two wars. They must be proud of him. lol

But the last thing we needed was a picture similar to that one of John F. Kennedy's son playing hide and seek under the presidential desk in the oval office. Can you imagine what that picture would have been like with a Billary presidency. Not that he could have fit under the desk with Ms. Lweinsky but you get the idea I am sure.

Thanks for this walk down memory lane. The Clinton's, the gift that keeps on giving.

Merry Christmas all!

Posted by: jrealty | December 4, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

This is the most despicable column I have ever read in the Washington Post. Hillary Clinton has served this country in public service for many years and will continue to do so despite the silly words from hacks like Stromberg. How do you keep your job?

I am a registered Republican who wrote in Hillary Clinton for president. The nation needs her and we need to convince her to run again and next time I will vote for candidate Clinton as she could beat anyone the Republicans might offer.

Stromberg, you should apologize for that
column - and Post, you need to demote this idiot and not let him near a computer.

What a difference it would have made if Clinton were now in the White House. She would provide leadership! When we have liberal Krugman criticizing Obama, we know we have a problem.

We need a groundswell of support for Hillary Clinton and let her know we need her and she will change her mind about running for president.

Posted by: Kansas28 | December 4, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

This unproductive piece is the most offensive writing I have ever read in the Post. Stromburg and his editors should feel ashamed. I think Stromburg's type of opinion journalism is beneath the Post's stature, and it is better suited for the Examiner. The Poynter Institute, your readers, and your competitors have been alerted to the slipshod nature of the Post's declining editorial efforts.

Posted by: alexlibrarian | December 4, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Stephen you aren't even funny. If it's satire you were aiming for you failed miserably. Hilliary deserves her retirement. She has earned it. I know she would have made a better POTUS than Bill because Bill set the bar pretty low. The sad thing is she will never get the chance now.

I want to thank Hillary publicly. This Republican thinks our country owes her a retirement. She agreed to her current job out of concern and love for this country. She is the only voice of experience in the Obama administration. Compare her to the incompetent and inexperienced boob in the White House and we all know Democrats made the wrong choice in 2008. It says a great deal about Hilliary's character that she stayed because she knew Obama wasn't up to the challenge. History has now proved her right.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | December 4, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The more things change, the more they remain the same. Dems are POed at Obama for not fighting hard enough, while opponents paint him as destroying the country. Parallels throughout history are too numerous to mention. No one wants to be led by a wuss, nor led by a tyrant. Obama has been too much of the former letting the GOP run roughshod over him and an inept Reid. You may not like Pelosi's politics, but weakness in her control was never an issue. Same can be said of Dubya getting the GOP to back him.

Posted by: jameschirico | December 4, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse


Anyone who can slam Obama the Chicken-Hearted and Hillary the Hun in the same article deserves the Pulitzer AND the Nobel Prize for literature.

Posted by: MoonDoggie | December 4, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Who is this punk writer?? Nasty, not funny or original and offensive and insulting. Dana Milbank's understudy??

Posted by: rdklingus | December 4, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is diplomatically and politically wise.
That said, she has too many downright Haters (especially in the Deep South's deranged ultra Bible Belt) to win the Presidency.

It would be good for the Nation if she continues as Secretary Of State.
Indeed, it could be a life saver for our foreign policy if she held that position after any GOP win!

If the GOP has it's way . . . think CANADA, if you can afford it.

Posted by: lufrank1 | December 4, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

This stuff (both the original article and several of the posters here) is pretty ad hominem. Some of it is pretty funny, however.

This type of stuff, no matter who it is directed against, gets pretty offensive when it is coupled with political statements that one is being asked to take seriously.

Posted by: tacheronb | December 4, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Dear WashingtoPost,
Your editorial should be smart enough not to post this unprofessional column . Please do your self a FAVOR .. FIRE STEPHEN STROMBERG.

Posted by: ferds999 | December 6, 2010 2:45 AM | Report abuse

"What should Hillary Clinton do next?"

Resign. She has not been an effective Sec of State.

Posted by: ahashburn | December 6, 2010 5:29 AM | Report abuse

"Still, it would be a shame for the world to lose her particular combination of talents."

Which talents are those? I don't recall her actually helping to solve anything in the world since she as been Sec. of State.

Posted by: ahashburn | December 6, 2010 5:33 AM | Report abuse

What should Rottencrotch Do, Mr. Bones ? Take the Pipe , Mr. Interlocketer.

Posted by: puck-101 | December 6, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Corruption , thy name is Clinton . ( either one of them ) When either dies, they'll have to screw them into the ground.

Posted by: puck-101 | December 6, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Misogyny is alive and well in todays Washington Post. Just when you think Mr. Stomberg can write something worth reading, more sexist dribble. Take a self esteem class
Stephen, your complex is showing.

Posted by: shutoz | December 6, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

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