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Hrc in 2008

Ramesh: I’ve always thought that Hillary Clinton was devilishly clever to take a spot on the Senate Armed Services Committee. She grabbed it last year, even though it required giving up a spot on the powerful Budget Committee–a clear sign that she was thinking about national politics rather than a career in the Senate. When it comes time, she may surprise people with her knowledge about military issues. That certainly won’t make her an acceptable candidate, but conservatives are advised not to underestimate her on military matters. It’s even possible that on foreign policy, she could slip to the right of a figure like Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel, who obviously wants the GOP nomination four years from now.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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