Friday, May 09, 2008

The Future Of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton

From ABC News comes this piece.

Is Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., staying in the race to get the vice presidential slot?

George thinks so.


I happen to disagree with him.

I think Hillary is positioning herself to become Senate Majority Leader. Harry Reid is ineffective and some key powerful Dems want him out. Add to this to the fact that Hillary will not want to play second fiddle to a greenhorn upstart and you can see why I think it's so unlikely.

In her mind, she knows that Obama will have a hard time winning without her. As she has said, she will openly work for his election, but only if she gets the support for Majority Leader.

If Obama wins, great. She will have a powerful position unanswerable to him. If he loses, then she will have a powerful position for specific purpose of being a thorn in McCain's side. She could then spend her time serving in this capacity, building a campaign for 2012.

Either way, she wins. That's why I would be highly surprised, if she were to take the VP slot. She wouldn't want to risk losing. I think it would be a gamble for one reason or another, but it's only because one first is enough. Americans may not be ready to elect the first black and the first woman, on the same ticket.

7 comments:

Greg said...

She could then spend her time serving in this capacity, building a campaign for 2012.

This is exactly what's going on. After Obama blows it (this idiot actually bragged yesterday that he would appoint 'liberal judges' to the Supreme Court!!), Hillary will sit there in her pantsuit, smirking, projecting "Told ya so!"

A.C. McCloud said...

You look familiar, Greg. ;-)

LA, sounds correct. I can't see her playing second fiddle to Obama. Besides, if he wins she can't run again until 2016, by which time she'll be way too old. The Majority Leader sounds perfect, although with the Clintons one can never be too sure.

LASunsett said...

//Hillary will sit there in her pantsuit, smirking, projecting "Told ya so!"//

Seems like she's telling them right now. But they aren't listening.

LASunsett said...

//Besides, if he wins she can't run again until 2016, by which time she'll be way too old.//

Depends on how bad Obama screws things up. If he pulls a Jimmy Carter like we think he would, she may have a case in 2012. If Obama's numbers were so low that his re-election seemed quite uncertain, she'd have a chance.

But overall, I think your point is a good one. Her best odds are against a sitting John McCain. And I do believe she knows this.

LASunsett said...

Greg,

AC thinks you look familiar. I think you look like you have been hitting the bottle again. Is it gin or bourbon, this time?

LASunsett said...

In fact, Greg, if you keep this up, your next mugshot will look more like Nick Nolte after a real bender.

;)

Greg said...

Okay, so that picture doesn't show my "best side." What can I say? I'm not a "morning person."

Just be thankful I cropped the photo. That ratty t-shirt was the only thing I had on.