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December 2nd, 2008
11:32 AM ET

The Hillary Test

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Bob Shrum
TheWeek.com

Hillary Clinton now has a big job. If she still aspires to the top job, she can’t afford to treat this period as an eight-year transition to her Presidency. . . .

She will also have to foreswear a shadow political operation, including poll briefings from her strategist Mark Penn, the salient points of which would no doubt find their way into the press. (Come to think of it, she would have been better off without those poll briefings during her campaign, as well.) And President Bill Clinton will have to discipline himself to play a supporting role—for Obama as well as for his wife. Any hint of a policy split with the former president would be instantly attributed to Hillary.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. bonnie young abingdon va.

    she will be too old in 2016

    December 2, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  2. Joanne, Syracuse, NY

    Hillary will not have to look over her shoulder in order to check her "Bill contributions"...I think the Presidential campaign, on it's own, proved she thinks for herself. After all, did she not say she would repeal NAFTA? Wasn't that attributed to Bill's foreign policy formula?

    December 2, 2008 at 12:42 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    Why does everyone think Hilary will run in 2016? She will be 70 years old then. After all the grief McCain took about his age I think Hilary was serious when she said she would not run again. I think Hilary will concentrate on being a notable Secretary of State and making her mark in history that way.

    December 2, 2008 at 11:54 am |
  4. Cindy

    The time that Hillary spends as the SOS will really show what she is made of and if she can handle being the president at all. It's not going to be an easy thing like most people think either. I think she and Obama will butt heads on some issues that will come up. I hope they are ready for that.

    If she can pull this off then there is no way that she could lose another election....well if she chose to run.

    Cindy...Ga.

    December 2, 2008 at 11:50 am |