Madam Secretary

Hillary Clinton, party animal

Hillary Clinton, party animal

Tuesday is all about the inaugural oath, but then it’s all about the inaugural parties. (I will say though that it’s so cold in D.C. today that only the most diehard aren’t having second thoughts about their outside inauguration plans.) And yet there is one question yet to be pondered. How many balls will Hillary hit on Tuesday night?

In 1997, Hillary and Bill Clinton hit a record 14 inaugural balls held in their honor. By comparison, Barack and Michelle Obama plan to dance at 10 balls (still a hefty number), whereas George and Laura Bush took a whirl around the dance floor at 8 in 2001 and 9 in 2005. While this night belongs to Barack and Michelle, there are more non-official balls than ever going on in D.C. next week, and Cabinet secretaries are usually dispatched to at least a couple of them. But will Hillary call it an early night? Or show off her new gown to its best advantage?