Come January, the Obama administration will begin again, and a number of people whose names and faces have grown familiar the past four years will leave the public realm for other livelihoods.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and press secretary Jay Carney are preparing for departure. Many also expect Attorney General Eric Holder to be considering an exit.
Clinton's position is perhaps most visible. Her management of the department and leadership of America's global diplomacy have won praise from Republicans and Democrats, and the former New York senator and first lady is thought by many to be the most popular member of Obama's Cabinet.
Foreign policy experts see her departure as leaving a gap, because significant problems remain: Iran's suspected ambitions to develop nuclear weapons; violent civil war in Syria; continued fallout from the "Arab spring"; and continuing conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan among them. New challenges include China's slowing economy, coupled with its increasing aggressive response to territorial disputes.
Everybody cross your fingers that John Kerry is NOT her replacement.......
Heck let's hope that Hillary has cut a non-reversible deal with Obama that once she departs he cannot then toss her under the bus if the Benghazi issue raises its head again. I wonder what sort of deal she and Bill did cut with Obama in that respect. I'll bet it was a doozy!
She's got to start gearing up for 2016. We would have been better off if we'd have elected her in 2008. At least we would have been done with her. If the Republicans don't get their heads out of their keesters soon, we'll get to live under 16 year.s of liberal bliss
Don't worry about Hillary in 2016. Remember that the Democratic Party is the party of the shallow and of the image conscious. By their own shallow standards of what is cool, Hillary Clinton will simply be too old and too plain looking for them to vote for.