The will-she-or-wonâ€™t-she questions surrounding Hillary Clinton and the State Department took yet another turn this morning. Seems like Bill Clinton is willing to make some concessions to help his wife land the job:
Clinton has agreed to release the names of several major donors to his charitable foundation and will submit future foundation activities and paid speeches to a strict ethics review, said Democrats knowledgeable about the discussions.
They also said that Clinton would step away from day-to-day responsibility for his foundation while his wife serves and would alert the State Department any new sources of income and to his speechmaking. The Democrats spoke only on grounds of anonymity because of the private nature of the Cabinet-selection process.
If true, this development would seem to indicate Hillary Clinton wants the job, despite rumors to the contrary.
This has all devolved quickly into political theater, which is what you get whenever the Clintons are involved. Iâ€™m no longer even sure if Senator Clintonâ€™s qualifications have anything to do with the possible State job. Is this just payback for her being a tireless Barack Obama booster and making sure her supporters didnâ€™t bolt to John McCain? Is this just a way for Obama to kick Bill Clinton off the world stage (and a way for Hillary to finally get back at Bill by overtaking him in importance on the world stage)? Does this have anything to do with â€œchangeâ€ or is this Chicago-style politics being played on the national stage?
In my mind, Senator Clintonâ€™s qualifications for Secretary of State are quite average. Yes, she has traveled the globe and can leverage existing relationships with world leaders, but we have no proof that sheâ€™s exceptionally gifted in foreign policy or a particularly skilled diplomat. Itâ€™s like picking up a track star to play football. Sure, we know he can run, but can he catch too?
Itâ€™ll be interesting to see how this all plays out.