Friday, November 14, 2008

Hillary for Secretary of State? We have seen this show.

I am not convinced. Hillary Clinton is qualified but there are others more astute, qualified in foreign policy than Hillary Clinton, and these are persons on both sides of the aisle.

I have read and understand Doris Kearns Goodwin excellent read, "Team of Rivals", but there are other moving parts here.

We know Hillary was in Chicago, yesterday, but we don't know what was offered or said. I state this because Bill Richardson met with Obama and his team today for the Secretary of State post.

Yes, she could have been offered this role, but it would have to come with strict conditions.

The main condition, Bill Clinton is off limits, period. What about the vetting of the former President? His associations and where the money has come from for his presidential library? This must be done.

The Clinton name is strong worldwide, but the only name that is the strongest is that of Barack Obama, period.

It is Barack that many leaders want to talk with, sit with, photograph with, negotiate with.

There are going to be many decisions that the netroots will not like from Obama, me included, but it is his decision to make.

Lastly, Hillary Clinton expected to be President-Elect and she is not. It is hard going back to the senate being a bench warmer, although you have a worldwide name recognition. She wants to be a player and she wants in, I don't blame her.

But, the main thing that sticks out to me is the leak of this. Obama Campaign is notorious for discipline. We don't know where this leak came from. One thing we do know is that the Clintons are notorious for leaking to the press to get ahead of a story. We saw this in the VP snafu, when it was leaked that it is only her who could help Obama with Reagan Democrats and Women, that turned out to be not true. So, while this story is leaked, not one word or peep from the Obama Campaign. Remember, loose lips, sink ships. This is a test of a disciplined politician and one who can be trusted. That is a problem with Clinton.

The focus is the silence from the Obama Campaign while the media swirls around Clinton.

We have seen this show before.

Read, Keith Olbermann, JedReport, Al G. from the Field. and dansac @ Strategy '08.

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