Hillary at State — not good for trade

Controversy continues over the strong possibility of President-elect Barack Obama naming Sen. Hillary Clinton as the new Secretary of State. Politico today notes that some of Sen. Obama’s close associates aren’t too happy about the idea. And, in the Huffington Post today, the lead article on potential difficulties with Hillary’s hubby’s international money-raising activities garnered 8,078 comments so far.

There’s some real concern on my part — and some CEI staffers — that Hillary’s strong anti-trade and protectionist stance in the primary battles would presage a Secretary of State who wouldn’t temper the president-elect’s own anti-trade positions. And that could be disastrous in today’s world.