Politics

Hillary's Silence Speaks Volumes

All that noise about Hillary Clinton’s silence at the State Department is missing the true story, John Heilemann writes in next week’s New York magazine. We’re hearing little from Clinton not because she is impotent but because she is playing the same inside game she played when she joined the Senate as its most famous freshman member, according to Heilemann. The low profile is a bid to earn the president’s trust after a fractious campaign. If the president decides to split the difference on Afghanistan—escalating troops but not committing to a full-blown surge—we’ll have seen Hillary’s soft power at work, Heilemann writes.