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Because if Hillary Had Presidential Ambitions, She Would Tell Us.


From today’s Morning Jolt, which begins with a look at the extremely ominous reports out of Japan . . .

Hillary Insists She Has No Ambitions. Yet Somehow, We Don’t Believe Her.

Was anyone really expecting Hillary Clinton to stick around for a second Obama term, in the event there is one? Check the list. Almost all of our recent secretaries of state have served roughly four years — Rice, Powell, Albright, Christopher. The last one to serve more than four years was George Schultz.

Nonetheless, Hillary Clinton’s answers to a series of yes-or-no questions from Wolf Blitzer generated its share of buzz:

Q- If the president is reelected, do you want to serve a second term as secretary of state?

Clinton: No.

Q- Would you like to serve as secretary of defense?

Clinton: No.

Q- Would you like to be vice president of the United States?

Clinton: No.

Q – Would you like to be president of the United States?

Clinton: No.

In related news, she has always been a Yankees fan. Easy with those rapid-fire questions, Wolf, you’ll give her flashbacks to the sniper fire from the Tuzla Dash.

At Outside the Beltway, Doug Mataconis thinks this will be Hillary’s last major role in public life: “Of course, this doesn’t meant that Clinton wouldn’t stay on if President Obama asked her to, much like Robert Gates has stayed on for two years after the President who first nominated him for Secretary of Defense left office, but that does strike me as a rather emphatic answer. Also, there will be those who will simply refuse to believe that she, and her husband, will simply leave electoral p0litics and I’m sure we’ll see a nice healthy dose of ‘Hillary in 2016′ speculation four years from now. However, as I’ve noted before, Clinton will be 69 years old in 2016 and she may not be in the mood for what would be another open race for the Democratic nomination.”

Ann Althouse thinks that Hillary’s denial of any desire to run for president may prove more elastic than it initially appears: “You know, this question of wanting or liking to be President . . . I don’t think one should ever want such an awesome responsibility. One always hopes that there is some far greater, far more experienced woman or man who will take on the overwhelming responsibilities of the presidency. It’s not about liking to be President. The Presidency is a profound duty, never to be undertaken for personal satisfaction. What I would like would be for Barack Obama to measure up to the trust the American people have put in him. That is what I want. But if, for whatever reason, the American people desire a change — and Wolf, it is what the American people want that is essential here — and if the American people turn to me, because I am the most able, best experienced person to move into the role of President, I would not turn away from them. By the grace of God, I would endeavor to serve them.”

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