IT IS typical of the diplomacy displayed by Hillary Clinton over her four years as secretary of state that she contrived to be as far from Washington as possible—in Perth, Australia—as speculation about her successor reached full frenzy this week. Would Barack Obama pick Susan Rice, currently America’s ambassador to the United Nations, in spite of her embarrassing misrepresentation of the recent murder of American diplomats in Libya? Or might he opt for John Kerry, the chairman of the foreign-relations committee in the Senate, in spite of the risk that the Democrats might lose the subsequent by-election for his seat? And how might that decision affect the host of other cabinet jobs thought to be up for grabs? MORE...
Saturday, November 17, 2012
The Economist: "Barack Obama is changing his most senior officials"