Last night at the bar my friend schooled me on why the Clinton pick for Secretary of State. I’m now convinced it was. Moreover, who the hell saw that coming?
And, as the pundits said it’s unlikely she would turn it down after the leaks about their meeting. I would think so, but the idea occurs to me that Obama might be even more savy than my conversation last night acknowledged.
Let’s say for a moment that Clinton turns him down. She’s done more irrational stuff in the past, so although as my bar conversation last night concluded, it’s in her best interest to accept, she may not at the last moment (just like she did not concede after she lost the primary).
I think Obama’s six is pretty well covered. If Clinton turns him down, it kind of makes her look like an asshole. Clinton supporters could no longer argue Obama somehow wronged her, was unfair to her, or didn’t treat her with respect.
The fact that he extended the olive branch in such a huge way puts the future onus on her to return the gesture.
It’s hard to imagine somebody offered one of the most coveted jobs in the administration, turning it down, and then undercutting and maligning the person who offered it.
By offering it to Clinton, he also receives cover from attacks by Hillary supporters to select Richardson, now considered a traitor by the Clinton camp. They can’t really object to Richardson if Clinton was his “first choice.”
It may very well be, as is often true, that you offer things to people, but hope they don’t accept.
However, I think it’s probably more likely she’s just waiting to accept in order not to look desperate.
Personally, I hope she declines because I’m tired of hearing about and dealing with her and her weird issues.
I’m sure Obama is as well.