Sunday :: Sep 3, 2006

Has Hillary Seen the Light?

by pessimist

Speaking of having balls...

One can only hope that wisdom prevails over ambition - at least once in a while.

Friends of Hillary hint she may pull out of presidential race
by Sarah Baxter
September 03, 2006

“I would not be surprised if she were to decide that the best contribution she can make to her country is to forget about being president and become a consensus-maker in the Senate,” said a leading Democratic party insider. “She believes there is no trust between the two political sides and that we can’t function as a democracy without it.”

The proof of this particular pudding is in the eating, Hillary! [See! I remembered!]

The source of the wisdom had to have come from Democrats who can read - and interpret - the polling numbers.

A recent poll for Time magazine showed that 53% of the electorate said they had a favourable impression of Clinton and only 44% viewed her negatively, figures that President George W Bush can only dream of at the moment.

Even so, 53% of independent voters
said they would not vote for her.

“The prospect of a Hillary for President campaign has put much of the Democratic establishment in a bind,” Time concluded. “The early line is that Hillary would be unstoppable in a Democratic primary but unelectable in a general election.”

So what is an ambitious - but wiser - party politician to do instead?

How about demonstrating the leadership ability the Democrats sorely need
whether or not they win the majority in the Senate?
The solution, insiders say, is for Clinton to take over as Senate minority leader in 2009 from the lacklustre Harry Reid, senator for Nevada. One well-respected blog, The Washington Note, recently claimed that Reid privately told Clinton the job was hers if she gave up her presidential ambitions.

Reid’s office denied it, but the claim made its way into the Los Angeles Times where it was suggested she would make a “superlative Senate leader” while keeping her options open for the 2012 presidential race.

I agree in principle with this assessment. However, powerful ambitions other than Hillary's still seek to return to the White House:

Terry McAuliffe, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a close friend of the Clintons, believes she will be able to see off all challenges in primary elections should she stand.

According to a member of “Hillaryland”, her close-knit inner-circle, she would be letting herself and her supporters down if she declined to take a shot at the White House. Clinton’s friends are united.

They all believe that Bill, her closest adviser, wants her to go for it.
McAuliffe believes [that] former President Bill Clinton “... is a gigantic asset. He is probably the most popular politician in the world.”

Get a grip, McAuliffe! Someone hose down 'Hillaryland'! The voters won't - nay, CAN'T - vote again for Bill - not unless Orrin Hatch succeeds in repealing a couple of Constitutional Amendments. If he has the power and influence to accomplish that feat, AHNOLDT will be the president.

But I digress.

The presidential post will go to Hillary if she can win the election ON HER OWN MERITS.

For that, based on too many past votes, events, personal and political actions, and other reasons, the Senate Leadership role is a great place for her to show that she's got what America needs - or not.

Any other position or race, at any other time [barring re-election to the Senate], and she might as well settle for being the first First Lady in history elected to national office after leaving the White House.

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