Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had been unambiguous about leaving at the end of President Obama’s first term, now has opened the door to staying on if he is reelected.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Clinton suggested unnamed people are asking her to stick around.
From the Journal piece:
“A lot of people have talked to me about staying,” Mrs. Clinton said, declining to be more specific. When asked if current events will force her departure date to slip, she said it was “unlikely,” but for the first time left open that possibility for the short term.
The Journal suggests she may be reconsidering both to help Obama among women and to refurbish her tarnished reputation – which she’ll need looking shiny and nice if she runs 2016 – in the wake of the attack on the embassy in Benghazi:
With presidential voting just days away, the suggestion she might stay could offer a sense of stability for Barack Obama as he makes his closing arguments. Mrs. Clinton has strong appeal among women voters as well, a possible swing constituency on Election Day.
At the same time, she has faced rising violence in the Islamic world, a complex U.S. relationship with China and testy exchanges with Israel’s prime minister over Iran’s nuclear threat. These issues and others have gained prominence in the closing days of the U.S. presidential race. They also stand to shape Mrs. Clinton’s legacy as secretary of state and her future political prospects.
If Romney wins, of course, Hillary becomes the leader of the loyal opposition and the instant frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic nomination.