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  •  i dont buy this "get hrc out of the senate" line (0+ / 0-)

    what was hillary going to do? lead a fight against obama on health care? was she going to demand a new war against iran? how about making the bush tax cuts permanent?

    i think a lot of us are still stuck in primary mode. obama doesn't have to throw olive branches at "hillary voters" - they are DEMOCRATS and they are already in obama's side - don't be so quick to throw out the results a couple of tuesdays ago.

    at the end of the day the SOS is someone that needs to be able to take orders and deliver US interests/demands etc to foreign governments. the person can't be a pushover and s/he must be intelligent enough to speak authoritatively on foreign affairs. hillary, with all of her faults, satisfies all of these requirements. is she ambitious as hell? of course, so is any politician who thinks s/he should have been president. but is she also a team player? yes she is. she showed that during the general election.

    if we should have learned ANYTHING the last year or so, it's that maybe we should let things play out before we go off about how obama and the campaign is doing everything wrong. does that mean sit idly by and accept everything at face value? of course not. but i seem to remember quite often the handwringing that was going on about how obama was going to lose because he wasn't going after hillary personally, then how he was going to lose b/c he didn't slam palin, or go after mccain's personal issues. if you think hrc is going to be running her own personal diplomacy shop just b/c she is SOS, i don't think you're giving obama the credit he deserves.

    "I've been in an underdog position quite often in my life (niiiccce) " - Sarah Palin

    by tetsuko on Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 09:59:12 PM PST

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    •  Uhm... did you read my comment? (0+ / 0-)

      SoS is basically a glorified diplomat. It's a relatively harmless role. Clinton can certainly distinguish herself there, but she won't wreak a lot of havoc. It's Obama who sets the policy. As to her intentions of wreaking havoc - I don't think she has any. I don't think that's the issue. The issue is that in the Senate, she would be an independent power center outside Obama's control. She could pursue her own agenda. At State, that won't be much of an option.

      An Ceiling Cat rode invisible bike over teh waterz (cskendrick)

      by brainwave on Mon Dec 01, 2008 at 05:08:16 AM PST

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