To Excel at State, Clinton Must Forget Presidency

'This is about the good of the country this time, not the Clinton brand,' pundit writes.
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2008 4:30 PM CST
In this Jan. 8, 2007 file photo, Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. listens to undecided voters at a cafe in Portsmouth, N.H. where she later became emotional when answering...   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton has the potential to be a great secretary of state, but only if she once and for all shelves her presidential ambitions, writes Mike Lupica for the New York Daily News. We saw the best of Clinton when she was losing the primary marathon: “She not only found her voice, she looked about 10 times tougher and better than her husband.”

“If she brings all that to being secretary of state, she has the chance to do something lasting and memorable,” Lupica writes, but only if she does it “without the usual drama. She has to understand that she is now an agent of Obama’s agenda and not of the Clinton brand, and reach for the higher purpose for this country that both she and Obama talked about for months.”