February 16, 2012 | 10:18 am
It is really very early in the 2012 game: We don’t yet know who’s going to be the Republican nominee, we don’t know who’s more likely to win between President Obama and the GOP nominee, so talking about the next administration is premature - but still hard to resist. That is, because we do know that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she’s leaving and will not be there for a second term, and because we know that Obama’s choice for State can be important from an Israeli standpoint.
Who would Israel like to see in this position? We don’t know the answer to this, but we do have a panel to answer exactly such questions. This month, our Israel Factor panel was asked to rank 10 possible nominees for this job (in a second Obama administration). Not all of them are probable candidates, some are long shots, some are barely even that – but the names were all found in news and gossip reports of previous months. Our question stated simply:
“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be leaving office next year – please grade the following candidates to replace her in an Obama administration (all were mentioned in journalistic reports as possible candidates) with a 1-5 mark, 1 being not so good for Israel, and 5 being excellent for Israel”.
What you see in the table below is the average score of each of the 10 names we pulled out of our hat. Some comments follow the table:
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