Ascendant Hillary Clinton
In the cease-fire struck between
Her visits to
As Mrs. Clinton nears her promised resignation from State at the end of the first Obama term, and absent any Sherman-like statement that she will not run for president again, she'll be leaving the administration at a peak of her popularity and general respect at home.
She has handled her arc of departure with skill and grace, sticking to her heavy diplomatic workload and global travel schedule without domestic political distraction through the 2012 presidential campaign. During that campaign, she correctly brushed off the uninformed chatter that Obama might somehow get Vice President
For both personal and political reasons, Mrs. Clinton will be well served as she contemplates her return to private life to step out of the political arena for the immediate future. Whatever role she decides to play between now and 2016, it is likely to reinforce a commitment to public service in some manner, keeping her visible without the intensity accorded an open pursuer of the presidency.
At the same time, no other Democrat has emerged as a serious challenger to the former first lady if she should choose to run in the next presidential cycle. One prospective hopeful, Sen.
Others mentioned include Govs.
Concerns that the American electorate might oppose the creation of a Clinton dynasty, with her husband former President
The former president himself has undergone somewhat of a public resurrection after an at times somewhat abrasive role in backing his wife's 2008 presidential bid. His enthusiastic and effective campaigning for Obama's reelection, in which the president described him as his chief "explainer of stuff," confirmed that
In any event, for all of
The arguments that the country is not "ready" for a female president or that no woman has the qualifications for the job seem quaint today; other women leaders around the globe play distinctive roles in leading their countries at home and in international diplomacy.
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