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This was in Peggy Noonan’s Opinion column in today’s Wall Street Journal. When I read the first few paragraphs, I thought I was going to have to point out once again – and perhaps I do – the the super-envoys were Hillary’s idea, Peggy!

But when I read the last two paragraphs, I saw my own words – sort of. She is saying what I have been saying since about March. Anyone who is observant can come to this conclusion. Hillary is an excellent student and scholar. She is, I will say it once more because I doubt that I have said it HERE, devouring briefs, treaties, charters, agreements and the histories of every one of them. Hillary herself confirmed the truth of this in an interview after her 100th day at State.

There will be an incident. It will not arrive soon. Hillary has plans for a major overhaul of the State Department following the QDDR that she announced to State last Friday and at USAID on Monday. The refitting of the bureaus will take a few years (during this time, she will be training her replacement). But there will come a day when the White House National Security team hardlines a violation of some agreement she knows about. She will oppose them, and when they push, she will finally resign- and noisily – very close to 2012. Then she will mount a challenge, and she will win handily.

This is not some pipe dream. I say this based on what everyone really knows or should know about how Hillary operates. Peggy Noonan has been watching. She knows. I cannot believe she agrees with me! (She really oought to check in with me once in awhile. It took her until the morning AFTER Obama’s speech in Denver to figure our the Greek revival backdrop. Worse, she thought she was the first in America to “get it.”)

Sotomayor Hearing Escapes Gravity
They put a man on the moon, and a comedian in the Senate.

Mrs. Clinton is in a different position now. By this spring it must have become apparent to her that when the nice new president came and offered her the secretary of state job, and she said yes, she got rolled. What he got was clear: He took her off the chessboard. She wouldn’t be in the Senate being a counterforce, wouldn’t be planning her next move or become the rallying point of anti-Obama Democrats. She’d be on board, part of the team and invested in the administration’s success, for now its success would ensure her future. If their relationship didn’t work, nobody would think it was his fault.

What she would not have known was that she would be a public face of American diplomacy—not the face but a face—and not a decisive inside power. The portfolio for key areas—Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Mideast—was day by day given to others. She was sent off to do interviews on “Good Morning Manila.” In a foreign-affairs apparatus of clashing egos, she’d be just another ego. A Henry Kissinger or George Shultz would never have allowed this. She didn’t even go to the G-8 or the Russia meeting. President Obama, that canny fellow, only wants Obama in the room. It is true she broke her elbow, but they make it sound like a farming accident where her elbow was torn from her arm as she fed the thresher. Tina Brown wrote a witty column saying Mr. Obama should let Hillary out of her burqa.

But you know, one thing Mrs. Clinton’s learned is how to wait. Things turn on a dime, you wake up in the morning and there’s a new headline that changes everything. Sooner or later Mr. Obama is going to get in trouble, sooner or later the trouble will take hold and settle in, and sooner or later she will be the unsullied one who quietly did her duty in spite of the slights to which she’s been subjected. And when that happens, she will emerge—reluctantly, painfully—as the Democratic alternative. The one who almost won, who knew—who learned the hard way—that you can’t do everything all at once, that it’s the economy, stupid.

They will look like kids playing with history. Hillary isn’t a kid. She’s experienced, and has been roughed up by history. Watch. She’ll roll right back.

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