President-elect Barack Obama met with Sen. Hillary Clinton yesterday, apparently to gauge her interest in becoming secretary of state, and he meets with Sen. John McCain on Monday.
Which of these two meetings is more important to Obama's agenda? Which of the two politicians would he rather work with in the Senate?
Does Obama want to bring Clinton into his administration to clear the way for his domestic agenda, avoiding a showdown over health care reform? Would her nomination make it easier for Obama to nominate Larry Summers as Treasury secretary? With Clinton out of the way, would Obama be free to ask McCain to carry the first major bill - maybe immigration or earmark reform or climate change - right out of the gate?