William Rusher

I say "the Clintons," because we mustn't forget that Bill and Hillary constitute a tightly woven package. Moreover, Bill Clinton has by now had a good deal of experience in foreign affairs and is almost certainly better known and liked than Obama in capitals all over the globe. He might well know better, and in any case think he knows better, than Obama on almost any subject in the field of foreign affairs. And Hillary would be likely to agree.

So, to repeat, I don't think Obama is likely to stick his head into that particular noose.

There are plenty of attractive alternatives. Bill Richardson, the Spanish-speaking former governor of New Mexico, is one, and there are half a dozen others. If Obama is looking for a little bipartisan flavor, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., comes to mind.

But Hillary? No.

William Rusher

William Rusher is a Distinguished Fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and author of How to Win Arguments .

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