Like Steve Gilbert of Sweetness and Light, I'm beginning to think Obama discussed the Secretary of State slot with Hillary because he felt he had to -- but he really doesn't want her to take it.
His camp has certainly been the source about the need for her to repay her campaign debts first and emphasized the onerous restrictions such an appointment would place on Bill. In fact, they seem to be blaming Hillary for the leak about her possible appointment. Today there's more: Senator Reid's already hinting of a top slot on health policy in the Senate for her if she doesn't get Secretary of State or doesn't take it.
Did Reid think of this himself or did the president-elect beg him to do this?