If Obama weakens more and more, and his unpopularity rises even with Democrats, quitting at that point could make [Hillary Clinton] a heroine and position her for a primary challenge against him in 2012, as well as allowing her to claim experience in foreign affairs from her stint as Secretary. But if that’s her intent, before that moment comes she will have to swallow more and more pride and do more and more of Obama’s distasteful bidding, which will further weaken her.
I beg to differ with those who wax enthusiastic about a Clinton candidacy, however. She might be a marginally better president than Obama (particular in the foreign realm, where I think she’d show more toughness and do less bowing), but only marginally. Otherwise, same old same old, although she might also have the smarts to go more slowly in moving to the left, so that the frog in the pot (the American public, that is) wouldn’t feel it so much as the water surrounding it inexorably rises to the boiling point.
One point the Anchoress makes in her piece is that Hillary has been waiting all her life to become president, having been told since her college years that she’s got the chops to become the first female POTUS. It strikes me that the same could be said of Barack Obama, with the substitution of the words “first black” for “first female.” And it also strikes me that this is a personal history of which to beware as a qualification for a president. In fact, it is a contraindication, and a very bad sign in a candidate.