A Striped Pants-Suit for Hillary?

| Fri Nov. 14, 2008 12:32 PM EST

A STRIPED PANTS-SUIT FOR HILLARY?....Al Kamen reports today on "increasing chatter" that maybe Barack Obama will offer the position of Secretary of State to Hillary Clinton. In fairness, chatter is what Kamen's column is all about, but still, you have to wonder: what the hell is that supposed to mean? Is this chatter from people who might actually have Obama's ear? Chatter from bored think tankers at cocktail parties? Chatter from the blogosphere? What?

This is really ridiculous. There's exactly zero evidence for Kamen's contention that "healing remaining divisions" is any kind of issue at all within the Democratic Party. As near as I can tell, the party is virtually rapturous these days, Clinton supporters are fully on board with Obama as president, and there's no reason to think Hillary Clinton would want to be Secretary of State even if Obama offered her the job. The whole thing is crazy.

But — psst. You know what I heard? It's not Hillary Clinton he's thinking of at all. It's Bill! Actually, Obama is thinking of co-Secretaries of State: Bill Clinton and Tony Blair! Wouldn't that be great? It would be like teaming up Superman and Spiderman! And you heard it here first. My sources, by the way, are extremely well connected. Honest.

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