WASHINGTON - If Hillary Rodham Clinton wins the presidency, some top Democrats would like to see her husband, former President Bill Clinton, appointed to serve out Hillary’s unexpired Senate term.
“As a senator, he’d be a knockout,” said Harold Ickes, who was once a top White House aide to Bill Clinton and now gives behind-the-scenes advice to Hillary. “He knows issues, he loves public policy and he’s a good politician.”
This scenario would create a host of firsts and certainly set some precedents along the way. But would this be a conflict of interest? What if they disagreed on an issue? Deeper in the article we find Larry Sabato's take:
“Clinton is a natural for the Senate,” Sabato said. “He loves to talk and schmooze. He could be a great vote-organizer. Majority Leader Clinton?”
Now, that's some lofty goal, wouldn't you say? President Hillary and Majority Leader Bill, would be one of the ultimate power grabs in the history of our nation.
But again, this is all based on a series of what ifs and assumes that Hillary will be elected, first and foremost. To do that, she must get the nomination, then win the general election. Here, the first primary is just a year away and these dreams are being articulated in the Democratic circles, as if it's just around the corner. Then, it assumes that the Dems will retain control of the Senate. It assumes these things long before it assumes that Bill would even want to be a Senator, after he has been President.
As I have said before, it's still a long way off. A lot could happen between now and then. Maybe these prognosticators are counting their chickens before they hatch, maybe they are onto something. But, it's something to talk about on slow news days, I guess. So read the article and file it under maybe, maybe not.
Then, if this has you starry-eyed and dreamy, just pinch yourself and re-focus back to the here and now. If it horrifies you, take a deep breath and get to work. Right now, it's just talk. But.......