It's as official as it's going to get for now. Sen. Hillary Clinton is going to accept a role in President Obama's cabinet as his Secretary of State.
“She’s ready,” said the confidant. Mrs. Clinton was reassured after talking again with Mr. Obama because their first meeting in Chicago last week “was so general,” the confidant said. The purpose of the follow-up talk, he added, was not to extract particular concessions but “just getting comfortable” with the idea of working together.Just get comfortable? What exactly does that mean? Either she's right for the job or she wasn't. That sounds like Obama had doubts about going through with this, and needed yet another chance to talk things over to see if he could keep her on his message rather than going off on her own.
A second Clinton associate confirmed that her camp believes they have a done deal. Senior Obama advisers said Friday morning that the offer had not been formally accepted and no announcement will be made until after Thanksgiving. But they said they were convinced that the nascent alliance was now ready to be sealed.
Meanwhile, I wonder whether Hillary would have ever considered Obama for such a position had she won the Presidency. The VP slot is one thing, as the job exists solely to be there just in case the President dies or is incapacitated.
This also means that the political soap opera in New York is just beginning as everyone is now going to vie for Gov. David Paterson's attentions to fill Hillary's seat in the Senate. It's going to force a shakeup in New York politics, which could definitely use a change of pace given the great job everyone has done until now.
Labels: Barack H. Obama, foreign policy, Hillary Clinton