As the guard changes at the State Department, speculation is rife regarding Hillary Clinton’s future. Will Hillary run for President? If she does, her star power will be a formidable asset. After all, how many politicians are instantly recognized by his or her first name? (You don’t read columns wondering whether “Paul” or “Mark” or “Chris” will run.)
To move from cabinet member to President is of course a promotion. For mere mortals known by both their first and last names, promotions usually depend on how well they handled their prior jobs. Do the same rules apply to Hillary? If they do, has her performance as Secretary of State earned her a promotion?
Hillary Clinton (the switchover to using both names signals that we’re about to get serious here) is a polarizing figure. To her admirers, especially those in the media and the entertainment industry, she is a rock star, a glittering symbol of what modern American womanhood can be. To her detractors, she is a doctrinaire ice queen, with all the ideological baggage of her husband but without her husband’s warmth and humanity.
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