The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

6 December 2004

The Big She's plans

Scenario: Senator Clinton runs for re-election in 2006, knowing full well she's going to run for President in 2008. What's wrong with this picture?

Nothing, says David Limbaugh:

This may surprise you, but I don't think it's terrible if Hillary does run for re-election to her Senate seat in 2006 with every intention of not serving out her term, especially if she discloses her intent. She has every right to run and the New Yorkers have every right to elect her knowing that it may be temporary. In fact, I'll even go so far as to say that it will help Hillary to stay in the Senate mix, if she does intend to go for the big one.

None of this is to say that I won't fervently oppose this uber-lib feminist for either or both positions, because I will. But let's be done with this idle speculation about whether her re-election to the Senate in 2006 will deter her from a presidential run in 2008. It won't in a million years, even if she promises under oath that she'll complete her Senate term no matter what. It's ridiculous to think otherwise. It's also ridiculous to think it will matter if she reneges on a promise to serve out for full term. Ridiculous. It will not sway .00000000000001% of the voters of NY, much less those of any other state.

I think Mr Limbaugh is exaggerating a bit. New York has about eleven million voters; .00000000000001 percent of that number would get you down to the level of mitochondria, unless he's counting Michael Moore. But I agree with his larger point: it doesn't make any meaningful difference to voters whether Mrs Clinton is still in the Senate or not when (as distinguished from if) she mounts her Presidential bid.

Posted at 2:49 PM to Political Science Fiction


It astonishes me anyone would think there was something wrong with it, if -- as David says -- she discloses her intent, or at least fails to deny her intent (it was his 1990 denial that some people disliked about Bill's 1992 presidential run).

I criticized Kerry for not stepping down from the Senate, but only because I discovered he'd been AWOL even before he started his campaign.

Some of this may be residue from Dole's decision in '96 to step down from the Senate while he ran for president -- but he was 73 at the time, and had already had quite a run. Maybe if he'd kept his seat and merely given up the leadership post, he might have taken the presidential chase more seriously.

Posted by: McGehee at 11:12 AM on 7 December 2004

ah yes, a quote by David Limbaugh ... a Giant among .... er, uh .... well ... I can't think of anything. How bout somebody credible ... like say Stern ...

Posted by: Ron at 10:56 PM on 7 December 2004