Last summer Anne-Marie Slaughter, Clinton’s former director of policy planning, caused a stir among the State Department ranks when she wrote a controversial cover story in The Atlantic, entitled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” about why she felt an obligation to quit Clinton’s staff because she found “juggling high-level governmental work with the needs of two teenage boys was not possible.” Once the dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, she is now back at Princeton as a professor. When asked by Marie Claire about the piece, Clinton didn’t hold back. “I can’t stand whining,” she told the magazine. “I can’t stand the kind of paralysis that some people fall into because they’re not happy with the choices they made. You live in a time when there are endless choices.
When President Obama named Hillary Rodham Clinton secretary of state after the 2008 election, he turned a rival into a loyalist. But he also lost Mrs. Clinton as one of the most popular Democratic fund-raisers for his re-election effort, since the nation’s chief diplomat is not allowed to engage in campaigning. The same restriction applies to the State Department’s ambassadors around the world, nearly two dozen of whom were fervent supporters of Mr. Obama in 2008, raising tens of millions of dollars for his first presidential campaign. He rewarded these backers with coveted diplomatic appointments to London, Paris, Tokyo and other capitals. Now, as federal employees, they are legally barred from reopening their gilt-edged contact lists. It is one of the few handicaps of incumbency, and in a year when the Obama campaign says Mitt Romney and Republican-affiliated “super PACs” could raise more money than the president, it could be a significant disadvantage, if one difficult to quantify.