Rumor of the day: Bill Richardson to replace Hillary at State?

posted at 4:20 pm on December 27, 2010 by Allahpundit

This is one of those rumors, I think, that starts hopping simply because it makes sense, not because there’s any hard evidence to support it. Although there is plenty of circumstantial evidence: Richardson was just in Pyongyang to sound out North Korea about its nuclear program; he was a leading candidate for SoS back in 2008 before Hillary got the job; he has foreign policy experience, having served as Clinton’s ambassador to the UN in the 1990s; his term as governor of New Mexico ends in a week; and, of course, there’s been lots of buzz lately about The One shaking up his staff, with Axelrod and Bob Gates sure to depart this year and Gibbs likely to go too. Hillary and Gates also work famously well together, so maybe Obama’s thinking that if he’s leaving soon, it’s best to just replace the whole team and bring in a new SecDef and SecState all at once. And don’t forget that Richardson threw Obama a major bone by endorsing him in March 2008, a betrayal that stunned Team Clinton. The One owes him.

Even so, it’s inconceivable that they’d force Hillary out given the ever so slight possibility of a primary challenge in 2012. If she’s leaving, they’ll want her to leave on good terms. Which means either (a) Hillary’s already told them to start looking for a replacement, in which case maybe the North Korea trip was Richardson’s audition, or (b) she’s not going anywhere, in which case tapping Richardson for the North Korea trip was … an odd choice given the likelihood that it would kickstart rumors like these. Interestingly, the White House has denied that they approved Richardson’s trip — even though he himself insists that they did. Maybe they’re worried about perceptions that Hillary’s role has been usurped by a prominent rival (that’s been a recurring concern over the past two years), or maybe they simply don’t want North Korea to enjoy the prestige that comes with receiving a White House envoy. Or, just maybe, they’re worried about rumors like this and don’t want to deal with the headache of denying them, which will spark yet another endless round of “Obama vs. Hillary” drama in the media. Fun stuff for a slow news day, though!

Two clips for you, the first via Breitbart and the second via Mediaite. A memory-jogging fact about our would-be Secretary of State: Richardson’s big foreign policy idea while running for president was total withdrawal from Iraq ASAP, a proposal he was pushing just as the surge was revving up on the ground. We’re in good hands, my friends.


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Who could possibly care what Hillary does?

volsense on December 27, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Wasn’t Bill R being investigated for fraud or some such not too long ago? Anybody know what happened to that?

Kissmygrits on December 27, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Hillary’s already told them to start looking for a replacement, in which case maybe the North Korea trip was Richardson’s audition

I don’t think that they are savvy enough to string Hillary’s potential departure together with an audition of Richardson. Not unless there was a screwed pooch involved somewhere.

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Anybody know what happened to that?

Kissmygrits on December 27, 2010 at 4:24 PM

A promotion, apparently.

lorien1973 on December 27, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Wasn’t Bill R being investigated for fraud or some such not too long ago? Anybody know what happened to that?

Kissmygrits on December 27, 2010 at 4:24 PM

palms greased, influence peddled, arms twisted, favors called, coercion utilized and voila’! What investigation????

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Still trying to get a Latino payback due to the failure of the DREAM act passing?

I don’t know about this news, Obama is the sinking QE2. I’d want to jump ship also.

Oil Can on December 27, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Interestingly, the White House has denied that they approved Richardson’s trip

Wait, what?

If that isn’t a sign the wheels are coming off I don’t know what is. Guys are just up and heading over to freaking North Korea to hold talks and the WH didn’t approve of it?

WitchDoctor on December 27, 2010 at 4:34 PM

I think the Wikileaks fallout, overseas among diplomats, is much more serious than we’re led to believe. People around the World are angry about it, and somebody’s head has to roll. Somebody big.

RBMN on December 27, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Hillary for you and me
Bring back our democracy!

Mark1971 on December 27, 2010 at 4:36 PM

She told us she wasn’t running so this must be the end of her political career if she leaves SoS.

NotCoach on December 27, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Yep. Richardson was being investigated (per the Boss Emerita) and probably should have been indicted, had not one Eric Holder been the Attorney General.

All of which gives him excellent qualifications to join Obama’s Cabinet.

irishspy on December 27, 2010 at 4:38 PM

My bet is that Shrillary resigned, and I’m trying to figger out why.

Nightmare scenario: Øbama is promising to make her his 2012 running mate.

petefrt on December 27, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Interestingly, the White House has denied that they approved Richardson’s trip — even though he himself insists that they did. Maybe they’re worried about perceptions that Hillary’s role has been usurped by a prominent rival (that’s been a recurring concern over the past two years), or maybe they simply don’t want North Korea to enjoy the prestige that comes with receiving a White House envoy. Or, just maybe, they’re worried about rumors like this and don’t want to deal with the headache of denying them, which will spark yet another endless round of “Obama vs. Hillary” drama in the media.

Stop! My head’s spinning.

That is a significant trip not conducted by the SecState, yet the WH denies Richardson had approval? Telling the truth is hard for these people.

conservative pilgrim on December 27, 2010 at 4:41 PM

of course there is that whole muni-bond scandal that was “Killed in Washington

rob verdi on December 27, 2010 at 4:41 PM

petefrt on December 27, 2010 at 4:38 PM

oooooooh

maverick muse on December 27, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Maybe the damage done by the Wikileaks documents were far more damaging to the State Department than we were propagandized not to believe…?

Seven Percent Solution on December 27, 2010 at 4:41 PM

She told us she wasn’t running so this must be the end of her political career if she leaves SoS.

NotCoach on December 27, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Heh. That requires the willing suspension of disbelief.

petefrt on December 27, 2010 at 4:43 PM

White men are banned from this position I guess. Bill Richardson’s corrupt NM administration would obliterate his chances of approval in the Senate. I think Otardma will have to go “internal” and pick a senior statesman, probably a Republican, probably Lugar or Huntsman.

Apologetic California on December 27, 2010 at 4:44 PM

I believe it. The Obama cabinet is still one tax-cheat short.

American Elephant on December 27, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Seven Percent Solution,

I’m not going down that rabbit hole. Teh Fred wasn’t impressed with the exposure of the real Hillary, no death knell hangs on embarrassment.

But what Obama uses as an excuse is another ball of wax entirely. He got bit by a mosquito, so she’s out. Willy Jeff wants to play again, so she’s out.

maverick muse on December 27, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Hmmm… something don’t sound right.

Hillary 2012 on the horizon?

upinak on December 27, 2010 at 4:46 PM

palms greased, influence peddled, arms twisted, favors called, coercion utilized and voila’! What investigation????

ted c on December 27, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Cloudy, With a Chance of Meatballs?

samuelrylander on December 27, 2010 at 4:46 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2auQMCr3Hpo&feature=related
Better link.

samuelrylander on December 27, 2010 at 4:47 PM


… there’s been lots of buzz lately about The One shaking up his staff …

Wasn’t there another article today saying Obama was NOT gonna shake things up?

Tony737 on December 27, 2010 at 4:48 PM

…We’re in good hands, my friends.

That is what scares the living sh!t out of me!

lukespapa on December 27, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Hillary has been a total failure as SOS, so I doubt if the rumor is true. She is a perfect fit with the other failures in the Obama administration.

huckleberryfriend on December 27, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Richardson is confused. His trip to North Korea was approved by President Jimmy Carter, not President Obama.

NeighborhoodCatLady on December 27, 2010 at 4:52 PM

I understand Hillary has been offered a job as a stripper at Scores.

bw222 on December 27, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Every one of these things the Libs trot out are deranged sicko’s with the past to prove it.. Is there one decent human in that party?

Keemo on December 27, 2010 at 4:52 PM

My head is spinning too.
WTF? this administration has got to end up being the biggest joke in American history.

ORconservative on December 27, 2010 at 4:56 PM

it’s inconceivable


Doggone it, AP, now it’s guaranteed to happen.

KinleyArdal on December 27, 2010 at 4:59 PM

She’s running, you know it. Slick Willie hasn’t been commandeering presidential press conference for a week or two, so he must have slinked back to the bunker to cook up a master plan.

Philly on December 27, 2010 at 5:01 PM

When you got a rattlesnake in a sack on the seat next to you and you start to hear noise, it’s time to chuck the bag out the window.

Primary challenge comin’.

Bruno Strozek on December 27, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Hillary has been a total failure as SOS, so I doubt if the rumor is true. She is a perfect fit with the other failures in the Obama administration.

huckleberryfriend on December 27, 2010 at 4:50 PM

How so? Or is this just a mindless anyone-associated-with-Obama-is-bad post?

Interestingly, she could be up for SecDef when Gates leaves, and he’ll be out soon. I’ve been hearing that rumor for a long time actually. She would be the first female defense secretary.

cjw79 on December 27, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Valerie Jarrett must be having hot flashes. Big zero goes on vacay and suddenly:

He is shaking up his staff
No, he’s not.

Bill Richardson may be tapped as SOS.
No, he won’t.

Maybe they’re all bipolar.

Key West Reader on December 27, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Talking to Pyongyang?

Didn’t ANY of these people read Machiavelli?

mojo on December 27, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Who could possibly care what Hillary does?

volsense on December 27, 2010 at 4:24 PM

anninacan?

katy the mean old lady on December 27, 2010 at 5:19 PM

She’s running, you know it.

Philly on December 27, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Yep. Dollar to donut says she’s running, either as The Sneaky One‘s running mate (if he’s smart enough to con her into it), or against him in the primary. But she is running.

petefrt on December 27, 2010 at 5:28 PM

He is the logical person for the amalgamation of mexiamerica.

wepeople on December 27, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Wasn’t Bill R being investigated for fraud or some such not too long ago? Anybody know what happened to that?

Kissmygrits on December 27, 2010 at 4:24 PM

He’s a Democrat. He’s a racial minority.

Go ahead and guess what happened to the investigation.

angryed on December 27, 2010 at 6:26 PM

She would be the first female defense secretary.

cjw79 on December 27, 2010 at 5:09 PM

So that’s all that matters anymore, eh? As long as you’re a first you’re qualified. The fact she has been a complete disaster at State, meh….she’s a woman that’s all that matters. It’s only our country’s military that’s at stake, not anything important.

angryed on December 27, 2010 at 6:28 PM

I remember how dull and buffoonish Richardson looked during the Democrat primaries. He actually made goofy Joe Biden look smart by appearing on the same stage with him.

OxyCon on December 27, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Wasn’t Bill R being investigated for fraud or some such not too long ago? Anybody know what happened to that?

Kissmygrits on December 27, 2010 at 4:24 PM

He’s a Democrat. He’s a racial minority.

Go ahead and guess what happened to the investigation.

angryed on December 27, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Everyone that mentioned the criminal investigation were called racists? Just a guess.

OxyCon on December 27, 2010 at 6:38 PM

She’s running, you know it. Slick Willie hasn’t been commandeering presidential press conference for a week or two, so he must have slinked back to the bunker to cook up a master plan.

Philly on December 27, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Bill wants it bad, and by “it” I mean being back at the White House. I have the Xtra Normal video to “prove” it. Click on my name.

I may be an idiot, but I think you and I are right about this.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on December 27, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Maybe Hillary wants out. Maybe she has some health issues. She looks like she just crawled out of bed the last few times I have seen her. Meanwhile Slick looks happy as a lark. Like he’s getting ready to crawl in bed if you know what I mean.
:-)

Hummer53 on December 27, 2010 at 7:20 PM

White men are banned from this position I guess. Bill Richardson’s corrupt NM administration would obliterate his chances of approval in the Senate. I think Otardma will have to go “internal” and pick a senior statesman, probably a Republican, probably Lugar or Huntsman.

Apologetic California on December 27, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Removing a RINO from his current position of power, could be a good thing.

Slowburn on December 27, 2010 at 7:21 PM

So that’s why he wore the pinstripes!

Akzed on December 27, 2010 at 7:22 PM

How so? Or is this just a mindless anyone-associated-with-Obama-is-bad post?

Interestingly, she could be up for SecDef when Gates leaves, and he’ll be out soon. I’ve been hearing that rumor for a long time actually. She would be the first female defense secretary.

cjw79 on December 27, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Name one success she has had as SOS.

Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, N Korea, Middle East, China, Venezuela, Russia, etc. not a single improvement anywhere.

huckleberryfriend on December 27, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Hillary has looked this bad for over a year. I have a feeling that she is done with Washington. She’s figured that the American people are getting tired of Democrats and their Marxist ways. Actually she is the only one. The rest of them don’t have a clue.
When you see her taking an interest in her appearance then you will know she is going to run. Otherwise, forget it.

BetseyRoss on December 27, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Just when you think the level of incompetence can’t get any worse…………. If we can’t clean house in 2012, the Republic is in grave danger of being damaged beyond repair.

ultracon on December 27, 2010 at 7:30 PM

It is just corrupto-crat musical chairs with these guys aint it?

ndanielson on December 27, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Richardson would be a disaster as Secretary of State, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Hillary quit (or was pushed out) soon. Since she stayed on after the midterms, she can’t run for the Senate until 2012, but after seeing the results of the midterms, she will probably try to “rescue” the Democrats from Obama-follies. Obama might try to pre-empt her by selecting her as a running mate, since Biden has been a liability for him anyway, and why else did Obama cozy up to Bill Clinton by letting him take over his press conference?

Obama is trying to keep his friends close and his enemies closer, and Hillary is Obama’s “frenemy”.

Steve Z on December 27, 2010 at 8:36 PM

HotAirHeads strike again! Many here were predicting this move between the election and the swearing in of the next overpaid Congress.

Well done, folks.

Limerick on December 27, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Well, an obamanation/hillary ticket would put two Alinskyites at the head of the Executive; It would preclude a primary challenge by Hillary in ’12; Bill would be back in the WH more, maybe even dropping by the Press Room on occasion; Such a move would put Hillary in strong position for a Presidential run in ’16 (assuming a win in ’12; Even more Bill in the WH; and, Death to America wouldn’t only be said by confused adherents of the Religion of pieces…

Gohawgs on December 28, 2010 at 2:33 AM

It doesn’t matter. It’s the Obama Show 24/7 and all his puppets are interchangeable. Only their egos make them think they are of consequence.

Extrafishy on December 28, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Frak that Judas and the 30 pieces of silver he rode in on.
He is WRONG on NoKo.
HRC has it RIGHT, NO more 6 party BS talks so NoKo can get rewarded for its tantrums.
China can address it or get out of the way when we do.
Well, that’s what would happen if HRC was POTUS, with O who knows?

But if HRC leaves and doesnt go to SecDef, she will be bombarded by please to run.

And she will not run unless alefty gets in and divides the vote, then HRC can reunite the party under her banner.

And the leftys are UBER WEAK.

Apparently they are only TUFF when trashing HRC or SP. the obot frakker neoprog chauvinist punks.

I have my dander up now oh yes.

Well Hillary just needs to raise a banner and millions of Blue Collar Dems who ya know would like a J-O-B. Will flock to it.

But I still think ’16 for my HRC.

And I still plan to vote GOP in 12, just give us someone like Romney who understands the damned economy, and not a social con like Huck or a hypocrite like Newt, I cant vote for those guys and dont want O to get in again :0(

ginaswo on December 28, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Richardson is as much a Marxist as Billary, so it would just be a different sized pantsuit at State. Easing Hillary out of the administration opens the door for her to make a primary run without appearing to backstab her boss, so I don’t really see PBHO doing it, or wanting it.

Freelancer on December 29, 2010 at 3:48 AM