Contrary to the opinion of Christopher Matthews, life is not a campaign. In democratically organized polities there are processes called elections in which candidates seek to persuade electors to vote for them. In the course of doing that, they also seek to persuade electors that they should not vote for their opponents. To accomplish that, they strike rhetorical poses on "the stump" that are often essentially meaningless. This campaign drivel should not be taken very seriously as indication of personal animus or policy intent. Perhaps the broad strokes have some meaning but certainly not the detail.
Translation: Obama’s intent to diplomatize the foreign policy of the United States should be taken seriously. His campaign debate with Secretary-designate Clinton over her vote concerning the Iraq War should not be taken as anything other than the trivia of the political process.
As Obama said today, the press is entitled to "have fun" by trying to treat seriously the things said in the campaigning. The rest of us should watch their antics with the amused boredom that they deserve. pl
PS. I think HC will be a great Secretary of State.