Friday, October 28, 2016

The Biden Unleashed Again?

Although this definitely seems like measuring the drapes in the Oval Office at this point, the Clinton team is floating VP Joe Biden's name for Secretary of State should Hillary pull off the win.

Joe Biden is at the top of the internal short list Hillary Clinton’s transition team is preparing for her pick to be secretary of state, a source familiar with the planning tells POLITICO.

This would be the first major Cabinet candidate to go public for a campaign that’s insisted its focus remains on winning the election, and perhaps the most central choice for a potential president who was a secretary of state herself.

Neither Clinton, nor her aides have yet told Biden. According to the source, they’re strategizing about how to make the approach to the vice president, who almost ran against her in the Democratic primaries but has since been campaigning for her at a breakneck pace all over the country in these final months.

"He'd be great, and they are spending a lot of time figuring out the best way to try to persuade him to do it if she wins,” said the source familiar with the transition planning.

The vice president, who chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before joining the administration, is one of the most experienced and respected Democrats on the world stage. He’s also coming to what would be the close of a 44-year career in Washington, first with six terms in the Senate and then two terms as President Barack Obama’s closest adviser — and the keeper of the portfolio on some of the most difficult international issues, including Iraq and Ukraine.

He wouldn't be a bad choice at all.  He definitely has the foreign policy chops, that's why then candidate Barack Obama picked him as VP.  I figured the Clinton administration would at least give Biden the chance to serve again out of courtesy, I feel like restless Joe Biden puttering around the house and not having an excuse to board commuter trains would be miserable.

As Secretary of State, Joe could experience commuter trains all over the world.  He'd be as happy as a clam, and the guy is a charmer.  We'll see what comes of the rumor, and hey, maybe he'll just hang up his spurs and go play with his '67 Corvette.

The guy has kind of earned a break.

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