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Judging Hillary Clinton’s Record As Secretary of State

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Monday, December 6, 2010, 10: 08 AM

Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post thinks Hillary Clinton had a “pristine record as Secretary of State” until the Wikileaks debacle, for which he awarded her the worst week in Washington.

Jennifer Rubin at her Right Turn Blog in the Washington Post disagrees. She enumerates the many blemishes in Clinton’s record at State, and concludes with this:

I would argue that it is one of the worst records for any secretary of state since (and maybe including) the Carter administration. Not all of these policies are Clinton’s doing. In fact, she’s been criticized as well for lacking a bigger, policy-making role. But if these major flubs are not her responsibility, then she is certainly one of the least influential secretaries of state we’ve ever had.

Clinton says this will be her last role in government. If so, she’d better pick up the pace, or it will be a sorry conclusion to her career.

A conclusion to her career might be sorry for her but wonderfully good for America. Does anyone believe she means it when she says this will be the last gig? I think her scowling mug will still be around somewhere no matter what.

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