re: "HRC for Foggy Bottom: Barack Obama could certainly do worse"
My gut feeling is that they're floating this rumor as one runs up a flag: to see who salutes it.
"Recognizing that elections matter and whatnot, we could do a lot worse than Hillary Rodham Clinton in charge at Foggy Bottom. Whatever one thinks of Hillary, she is no dove by the standards of modern Democrats, and neither is she easy to intimidate or charm. There is no evidence that she is (among Democrats) particularly inclined to wish that America be popular, as opposed to successful."
There are far worse choices available, although there are probably a few better as well, even among those choices which are realistic.