I couldn't help wondering this week, what impact it would have on the forthcoming election if Hillary were to announce at some point that she intended to appoint William Jefferson Clinton as - say - Secretary of State.
The first question, of course, would be - could this happen? The answer is definitely yes, and it wouldn't be the first time that a close relative was appointed to a cabinet level position.
Secondly, is it likely to happen? And thirdly, if it happens, would it help her candidacy?
Those are the key questions.
Some may feel that Bill Clinton's cerebral approach to international problems, centering on negotiation and diplomacy, may be just what the country needs. If time goes by without measurable improvement in the situation in Iraq, that feeling could get stronger. He could be viewed as the savior who could finally extricate us from that quagmire. Under those circumstances, it would be ironic if history were to remember him more as a cabinet member than as a president.
In trying to balance the equation, it was more difficult to think of a good reason that it wouldn't help Hillary's candidacy, but I'm sure that one or two must be out there......