Hillary: I probably won’t serve two terms as Secretary of State

posted at 4:13 pm on January 27, 2010 by Allahpundit

We’re all thinking the same thing, and while it’s almost certainly not true, the very thought of it is so sweet that we simply must entertain it.

Best rematch since Balboa/Lang II? Ain’t so bad, champ:

TAVIS SMILEY: Finally, there’s already speculation about whether or not Secretary Clinton is going to do this for the full first time, and whether or not she has any interest if asked to stay on to do it for eight years? You see how tough the job is, can you imagine yourself doing all four years and, if asked, doing it for another four years?

HILLARY CLINTON: No, I really can’t. I mean, it is just…

TAVIS SMILEY: No to what? All four or eight?

HILLARY CLINTON: The whole, the whole eight, I mean, that that would be very challenging. But I, you know, I don’t wanna make any predictions sitting here, I’m honored to serve, I serve at the pleasure of the President, but it’s a, it’s a 24/7 job, and I think at some point, I will be very happy to LAUGHS pass it on to someone else.

TAVIS SMILEY: That opens the door for the obvious question, what would Hillary Clinton want to do when she is no longer Secretary of State?

HILLARY CLINTON: Oh, I, there’s so many things I’m interested in, I mean, really going back to private life and spending time reading, and writing, and maybe teaching, doing some personal travel, not the kind of travel where you bring along a couple of hundred people with you. Just focusing on, on issues of women, girls, families, the kind of intersection between what’s considered ‘real politique’ and real life politics, which has always fascinated me.

“Absolutely no interest” in running again, she says, which in fairness is the same answer she gave back in October. Ace is skeptical about her denials, but come on: How exactly is Her Majesty going to reposition herself to Obama’s left in time for 2012? Between her hawkishness and her marriage to the man who Betrayed The Cause by governing from the center after his own health-care implosion, her liberal cred is shot. Remember, the nutroots treated her as more or less a de facto Republican during the primaries. Plus, if she challenged The One, all the nastiness — racial and otherwise — that was dredged up in “Game Change” about her campaign’s tactics would be revisited. And if she lost again, which she almost certainly would, she could be staring at so many burned bridges that a run in 2016 would be impossible. Besides, given the “dark valley” of unemployment that Democrats will be forced to defend in 2012, why would she even want the nomination? Having beaten Obama in the primary by painting herself as the “true liberal” in the race, she’d be a sitting duck in the general when the GOP inevitably ran to the center. It ain’t happening. Although it would be awesome if it did!


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She may be waiting for something that she can claim (whether accurately or not doesn’t matter) as a foreign policy success (i.e. if the government of Iran falls) – that would be moment to leave “on top” and set herself up as an early favorite for the nomination in 2012.

exhelodrvr on January 27, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Boy that’s some picture. Looks like a very pi__ed off fish.

ncjetsfan on January 27, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Hmmmm, a fish without fins, maybe she is one of HA’s trolls.

farright on January 27, 2010 at 5:21 PM

And you’re flat-out wrong about her character.

AnninCA on January 27, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Unless you’re a member of the Rodham or Clinton families, you know absolutely nothing about her character.

But if you want an insight into her character, read the book “Unlimited Access”. But of course you’re afraid to.

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM

I still say she and Bill are just biding time until Chelsea can run. Did you all see her in Haiti? Expect more of that.

di butler on January 27, 2010 at 5:25 PM

The wun is going to be lonely by the time 2012 rolls around…….

RealMc on January 27, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Dang! During the Monica scandal, the Clinton administration polled the people and they got, um, Buddy the Golden. (Whom Bill let get run over by a UPS truck or something in Chappiqua (sp).
Since the Obamas already have Bo (Portuguese Water Spaniel from the Swimmer, no less…you can’t make this chit up!!!), what are they going to do to make him seem more a sympathetic character??? How ’bout they buy the Chump a Chimp?

Chewy the Lab on January 27, 2010 at 5:28 PM

That’s hilarious,Rush has been predicting this.

ohiobabe on January 27, 2010 at 5:29 PM

But if you want an insight into her character, read the book “Unlimited Access”. But of course you’re afraid to.

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Excellant book, Ann won’t read it though she is a card carrying member of the Village.

fourdeucer on January 27, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Palin claims to be a fan. Maybe she could appoint her as an ambassador or something. Just keep her away from “reset” buttons.

Doughboy on January 27, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Why does “Ambassador to Bosnia” keep popping into my head?

katy the mean old lady on January 27, 2010 at 5:35 PM

I’m shocked that someone watched Tavis Smiley to get this quote.

mizflame98 on January 27, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM

FWIW, No proof:
Both of my parents (now deceased)attended The University of Chicago in the late ’30′s, early 40′s. My dad’s roommate in undergrad and law school married and raised his family in Chicago. They had two sons that went to high school with Hillary. Apparently she was, well, um, quite the affectionate sort!
This just according to them when they visited our family shortly before the first Clinton inauguration.

Chewy the Lab on January 27, 2010 at 5:38 PM

On the right and left, she was the true moderate. But, hey, we are a democracy, and she lost.

AnninCA on January 27, 2010 at 4:44 PM

No,dipstick,we are a democratic REPUBLIC.

katy the mean old lady on January 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM

I think there are two ways she can go about this. First, she could point to how many ways Obama is so similar to Bush (adding more troops to the war, keeping Gitmo open, no transparency, etc.). She can say that what Obama promised in 2008, she’ll actually deliver. That would, in effect, put her to the left of Obama.

Or, I think she could also point to his extreme Leftist policies (not that she disagrees, but it’s all about nuance, remember) and say that his goals went too far for the American people’s comfort, and that his hyperpartisanship actually prevented him from getting anything meaningful done. He failed on cap-n-trade, ObamaCare, etc. because he had ZERO support from the Right. If he had been just a little more bipartisan (I hate that word, but the Left loves it), he would have been able to get a lot done. That would certainly go a long way in the general, if she could make it through the primary.

It just depends on how she wants to play it. I think either could work.

2cents on January 27, 2010 at 5:48 PM

So AnninCA, do you mean to imply that Hillary ‘Ain’t in no way tiirred no more’ or that Hillary would ‘finish her Senate term for the benefit of her NY constituents’?
Hillary of the renew button, no support for Human Rights, Shot up on the runway in Bosnia….Hillary has no more character than a D grade troll from CA!

el Vaquero on January 27, 2010 at 5:50 PM

She skips the SotU, and not for security reasons…on her way to London, heh.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Kind of OT: hill is skipping the SOTU. She’s in london for meetings. There is another cabinet member that will stay away just in case a castarophe happens. However, if something were to happen, hill becomes prez automatically, since she is in line.

ConservativePartyNow on January 27, 2010 at 6:03 PM

We probably got lucky when Obama beat her, since he clearly has no leadership ability at all…none nada ZIP! Hillary could have made the Dems a lot stronger than they are now, especially with the ammo – both houses and a drooling MSM – that Obama had. Since Obama blew his chance by making things a whole lot worse, I doubt she would run in 2012, unless Obama pulls an ‘LBJ’ by not running again…

Karmi on January 27, 2010 at 6:05 PM

AP—diabolical, and funny.

ted c on January 27, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Neither will your Boss missy!!!!

RealMc on January 27, 2010 at 6:16 PM

She is standing up the Supreme One tonight. I suspect the Convicted felon george soros won’t be there. I am sure he drafted/approved content for the teleprompter.

seven on January 27, 2010 at 6:17 PM

No matter what Obama will be the Dem Nominee in 2012. But she sees a sinking ship and her rat DNA tells her to abandon. She’s going to take 4 years distancing herself and regaining allies for a 2016 run.

chicagojedi on January 27, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Hillary is lacking in imagination. She couldn’t have created so much havoc in so little time as the Mess from chicago.

seven on January 27, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Hillary is lacking in imagination. She couldn’t have created so much havoc in so little time as the Mess from chicago.

seven on January 27, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Hillary isn’t about chaos at all. She would have never wanted that for people.

AnninCA on January 27, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Again, Hillary isn’t any target for conservatives. She means what she says.

And she’s not remotely interested in even serving the US beyond this drill.

She’s outta here. And she and Bill will work on the Foundation, enjoy their final years, and do a lot of good, too.

She just ain’t that into us.

AnninCA on January 27, 2010 at 6:27 PM

She just ain’t that into us.

AnninCA on January 27, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Likewise.

katy the mean old lady on January 27, 2010 at 6:32 PM

No,dipstick,we are a democratic REPUBLIC.

katy the mean old lady on January 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM

+1000

huskerdiva on January 27, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Holy jumpin: Hillary’s skipping the speech tonight. And not as the security holdout

It’s on Drudge

RushBaby on January 27, 2010 at 6:47 PM

She’ll have resigned by St Patrick’s Day.

Sarjex on January 27, 2010 at 6:52 PM

oh how I would wish it were so
she will never evah run against him, she backed the party and Big Dawgs legacy over her own chances as an Indy in 08

he would have to step down from running first

it is ’16 unless he appoints himself to SCOTUS which IMO he would much prefer as a job, THEN she could run in ’12..

I am ready whenever she is
Hill-a-ree!
Hill-a-ree!!

hey you dont think O is trying to keep we blue collar Dems unemployed so we have no money for our Hillary do you?

back to Hillary!
Hill-a-ree!
Hill-a-ree!

on ’12 I was hoping Romney/Plain or ROmney/Brown then HRC/whoever in ’16

hey is Romney considered from MASS even though he is in UT now for purposes of both peeps on ticket not being from same state?

Hill-a-ree!

ginaswo on January 27, 2010 at 7:01 PM

rushbaby
HRC is in London at a conference on Yemen, she goes to Paris manyana for a conference on Afghanistan

ginaswo on January 27, 2010 at 7:02 PM

rushbaby

HRC was busy working as always:

The London Conference on Yemen begins at 1800 GMT. that’s 1pm ET. The UK is streaming it live here. The meeting is being chaired by UK Foreign Secretary David Milbrand and will cover three themes:

* discussions of the challenges facing Yemen, including the drivers of radicalisation and instability, and agreement that a comprehensive approach is needed to address them
* greater impetus to the political and economic reform agenda, including urgent and concrete action by the Government of Yemen; and
* improved international coordination and support towards Yemen.

ginaswo on January 27, 2010 at 7:04 PM

HRC will quite at State this year.

She will form an exploratory committee in 2011 and contemplate running against Obama in 2012.

The only open issue is deciding on the pretextual issue for splitting with the Administration (think NoKo or Iran).

molonlabe28 on January 27, 2010 at 7:28 PM

She means what she says.
AnninCA on January 27, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Does that also include not knowing the whereabouts of the Rose Law Firm billing records?

chewmeister on January 27, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Geo has been warning you Dudes and Dudettes about this.

It is best to err on the side of caution and assume the threat well in advance of its manifestation; much in the same way one would take preemptive steps to stop the spread of a Boll Weevil.

A few carefully crafted lies coded in Clinton Lawyer-ese and she could renounce her every prior utterance. Her word counts nil.

The task now at hand is to BRAND her as an Obama-Clone, she served him and made zero effort to interfere with his Marxist agenda. She is culpable. She campaigned for the clown.

Obamacare is HillaryCare on steroids.

You are telling me the donks would not hesitate to roll out HRC to block Palin assuming barry continues to remain toxic to the cause?

You are telling me that HRCs unquenchable thirst for power has atrophied?

Ha, fools you are if that be the case. Read the tea leaves

HILLARY DECIDES: SKIP STATE OF UNION

Geochelone on January 27, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Again, Hillary isn’t any target for conservatives. She means what she says.

And she’s not remotely interested in even serving the US beyond this drill.

She’s outta here. And she and Bill will work on the Foundation, enjoy their final years, and do a lot of good, too.

She just ain’t that into us.

AnninCA on January 27, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Me thinketh thou dost protesteth too loudly.

Geochelone on January 27, 2010 at 8:34 PM

How ’bout they buy the Chump a Chimp?

Chewy the Lab on January 27, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Did you mean “Buy the Chump a Chimp, Champ” or “Buy the Champ a Chimp, Chump”?

PatMac on January 27, 2010 at 9:07 PM

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