Power is being consolidated in Russia, with the presidential term being extended from four years to six. And perhaps, all of this is just in time for Vladimir Putin to make his return as president of Russia–with the presidency regaining the powers it had under Putin, of course (much of those powers now reside with the prime minister who–guess what!–is Putin).

You know, now would be a great time to have a Secretary of State who commands respect because of a command of substance, instead of a Secretary of State who is cooed over merely because of a command of starpower.

Just sayin’.