He has the personality, the skills, the experience, and respect from friend and foe alike.
Hillary Clinton? I’m not sure she can work for someone else, especially Obama who beat her for the nomination; I’d trust Bill C. better in this regard. Furthermore, does Hillary have the personality? skills? She DOESN’T have the experience. America’s friends abroad like her, but you don’t make peace with your friends: Do our foes like or respect her? I don’t know that they do, whereas I do know they like or at least respect Richardson.
Besides, we need our Senate Democrats. New York’s current Governor is a Dem, but there’s no guarantee NY voters would elect a Democrat to succeed Hillary eventually. Remember Al D’Amato? With GOP/corporate hackers stealing elections, and how stung they feel after last week’s losses, let’s not give them the chance.
In this day and age, State is too important a job to treat as a mere political plum, or even an intra-Party olive branch. And the Senate is also too important to risk: Realistically, we have a year and a half to turn this country around, or get it well on the way. We can’t expose ourselves – or the nation – or the world – to Republican political games in Congress.