Ann Althouse has some smart things to say on her blog today re: Hillary and Obama.
likely the Hillary end game is not to be VP, but to weaken the Obama presidency enough so she can knock him off in 2012.
I am thinking there might be a parallel between the Chinese warlord era and what is soon to be in America. Where the center, being the governor of NY or the president of the country is weak, and real power is held by those who control the factions. A key component of this analogy is the factions deliberately ignore the outside world to focus their energies on intramural fights and maneuvering.