This business concerning Hillary Clinton’s potential appointment as Secretary of State and the finances of Bill Clinton’s foundation seems like a real issue to me. There’s nothing to be done about the fact that the Clinton Foundation has, in the past, gotten large sums of money from foreign governments. But I don’t really see how you could have a Secretary of State whose husband was engaged in that kind of fundraising. Or, more generally, who’s involved in the kind of freelance foreign policy work that Bill does as head of the Foundation. I wrote some about this during the primaries, and my sense of it was that the Clinton camp understood this would be an issue were Hillary to become President, and that something would need to change. To me, it’s just the same if she’s Secretary of State — something would need to be worked out. Anything else would all-but-guarantee a lot of awkward questions, hearings, etc.
I’d consider it one more reason why this may not really be something the Clinton family wants to do. As far as I’m concerned, the John Kerry idea seemed perfectly fine — Kerry clearly supports Obama’s foreign policy agenda, he has more experience in diplomatic matters than anyone in the Senate other than Joe Biden and Dick Lugar, and the idea that it would somehow be unacceptable for Russ Feingold to chair the Foreign Relations committee is ludicrous.