Barring any unforseen circumstances, Hillary Clinton will be nominated by President-elect Barack Obama to be his Secretary of State, according to transition aides.
The transition aide told The Associated Press that the two camps have worked out financial disclosure issues involving Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, and the complicated international funding of his foundation that operates in 27 countries. The aide said Obama and Hillary Clinton have had substantive conversations about the secretary of state job.
In other cabinet news, the same aides said that Janet Napolitano, Eric Holder and Tom Daschle are far from “locks” for Homeland Security, AG and HHS Secretary, respectively.
As it relates to Treasury and Commerce Secretary, it appears to be between Timothy Geithner and Paul Volker for Treasury and now that Penny Pritzker has taken her name out of the running for Commerce Secretary, Laura D’Andrea Tyson appears to be the new front-runner.
Aides also said that Robert Gates appears almost certain to remain as Defense Secretary at least for an interim period, then most likely be replaced by former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig.
I must say that I am stunned at how relieved I am that Hillary Clinton appears likely to be the next SoS. When you think about it, looking at it from a conservatives point of view, she really is the lesser of the evils when considering Richardson, Kerry, or Chuck “I hate my Party” Hagel.