Put yourself in Hillary’s shoes.  Tell me what she does next.

I have a couple of thoughts:

  1. She can work hard to get Mr. Obama elected President, then call in her chits and ask to be his first appointee to the Supreme Court.  She won’t break any glass ceilings there, but she will have a job for life and lots of prestige.  Unlike many whom Mr. Obama might nominate, Hillary should not have too hard a time being confirmed.  She is more moderate than Mr. Obama’s part of the party and as such is a better alternative for Republicans than say a Diane Pamela Wood who is surely on his short list.  The calculation here is that Mr. Obama is likely to win which would mean Hillary’s only two chances at the Presidency would be in 4 years if Mr. Obama proved to be a disaster and unelectable and in 8 years when she would have the age problem that the Demcrats have works so well against Mr. McCain.
  2. She can work just hard enough for Mr. Obama so it still appears that she is the loyal Democrat and then she can set landmines for him as soon as he takes office.  This strategy is tougher because Mr. Obama’s first job once he is elected, should that happen, will be to start running for reelection.  This is what Presidents do.  Once in office, they tone down the rhetoric and move toward the center to claim four more years.  It will be hard for Hillary to derail a sitting President.  Unless she has some dirt or a plan that she didn’t employ in the primaries, this looks unlikely
  3. She can work hard to help defeat Mr. Obama.  That makes her the clear frontrunner for the Democrats in 2012.  If she does this, she better start soon and she better have something really good or this will end her political career. 

My bet is she plays it safe and settles for Justice of the Supreme Court.  Then she won’t need Bill any longer.

What do you think?