Hillary Clinton's hopes of becoming Madam President have died - at least for 2008. But could she rise again as Madam Secretary?
Clinton made her surprise visit to Obama's transition office yesterday afternoon. The meeting was not on Clinton's official schedule, and her Senate staff had previously said she was in Chicago for personal reasons.
Today, the woman occupying the centre of the political stage, gave away nothing about her future.
"I'm not going to speculate or address anything about the president-elect's incoming administration. And I am going to respect his process and any inquiries should be directed to his transition team," Clinton told a conference in Albany, New York.
Others in the Clinton camp were adamant that the meeting was not a job interview or in any way decisive. But the mere fact that it occurred has fuelled speculation that Clinton is now a contender for a major cabinet post.
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