It’s official — Senator and Former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton has accepted the position of Secretary of State in the Barack Obama administration. This, along with Obama’s selection of New York Fed President Timothy Geithner–former Treasury Department official under President Bill Clinton–for Treasury Secretary, and it is apparent that “change” translates into “bring back old Clinton acquaintances.” Furthermore, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has been selected for Secretary of Commerce. All must now undergo the nomination process.
In terms of soon-to-be Secretary Clinton, as I wrote a few days ago, this looks to be a good political move for all involved. In Clinton, Obama gains the perception of credibility and legitimacy–albeit superficial as it may be–with regard to his foreign policy, and effectively neuters his primary in-party rival for 2012. In her new position, Clinton ditches a position as junior senator and gains a high-profile job where she can bolster and hone her own foreign policy bona fides in advance of her own White House run.
Now, what to do with Hillary’s husband?