Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State:

Hillary Clinton plans to accept the job of secretary of state offered by Barack Obama, who is reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration, the Guardian has learned.

Obama’s advisers have begun looking into Bill Clinton’s foundation, which distributes millions of dollars to Africa to help with development, to ensure that there is no conflict of interest. But Democrats do not believe that the vetting is likely to be a problem.

Clinton would be well placed to become the country’s dominant voice in foreign affairs, replacing Condoleezza Rice. Since being elected senator for New York, she has specialised in foreign affairs and defence. Although she supported the war in Iraq, she and Obama basically agree on a withdrawal of American troops.

This appointment coupled with Rahm Emmanuel as chief of staff shows a consistent move toward the center. (Some view Emmanuel as a partisan, but he was a leading force behind Clinton’s centrist policies including welfare reform.) These are all welcome moves.

Also, Clinton as the next Secretary of State will mean women have been the top diplomat for three of the last four appointments. No glass ceiling at the State Department.