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Many Americans are rooting for Hillary Clinton to be the next Secretary of State. Included are a number of conservatives. Rep. Peter King says of Clinton:

She is from the very realistic wing of the Democratic Party. I don’t think she is going to have any delusions about trusting her enemies.

Many (but not all) conservatives agree. In large part, they are enthusiastic because, as Politico reminds us, of what happens if she doesn’t take the job:

PLAN B: Some insiders believe it’s Sen. John Forbes Kerry. Other possibilities: Gov. Richardson, Senator Hagel and, less likely, Richard Holbrooke.

Now, if that doesn’t drum up support for her, I don’t know what will.

But conservatives have come to terms with the reality that they don’t get to choose the next cabinet, only cheer the better picks and raise doubts or threaten to block the worst of them. Clinton’s selection would be a gift in their eyes, the arrival of someone who disparaged the notion of direct, unconditional chats with Ahmadinejad, who stood up to the liberal base as best she could (e.g. on Iran), and whom no one will take as a fuzzy-headed, feel-good encounter group leader.

Bill Clinton is doing his best to help his wife on this. In doing so he’d get back in many people’s good graces and ultimately make his biggest contribution to America’s national security–clearing the way for his wife to serve. Conflicts, personal and political, would be resolved for both of them. In some way, to borrow a phrase, it would be a fairytale. And this one could have a very happy ending.



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