Carol Platt Liebau
Remarkably, Hillary Clinton has an election-ready political apparatus.  Forgive me for not believing that she's interested in returning to the US Senate, however.

Conceivably, she could be simply getting ready for a 2016 presidential bid, but that's an awfully long way off to be maintaining a political staff of eight.  She's already gotten her debt cleared up.

Could it be that Hillary harbors a hope (or, at least a suspicion) that the politics of "hope and change" (and inexperience) could be wearing a bit thin three years from now?  Of course, she'll have to walk a very narrow tightrope to make it work, but might she not use her State Department post to clear up any residual concerns about her ability to manage a large operation, and then resign "on principle" after some particularly softheaded Obama foreign policy gives her an opportunity to stake out a position just slightly to his right, proving her toughness and attempting to marginalize him on the far left?

Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.