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Could Bill replace Hill in the Senate?

Hillary hasn't even won the Democratic nomination but already some are discussing who should take her place in the Senate. That's just a smidgen premature, don't you think? But that's only half of the story. If Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in 2008, a few Democrats and pundits speculate that her on again/off again husband could be appointed to fulfill the rest of her term as Senator from New York. From The Examiner:

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."

Some Democrats and political analysts say Bill Clinton would thrive in the world's greatest deliberative body, much like Lyndon Johnson did before he became president.

"President Clinton would excel in the Senate," said Paul Begala, who helped Bill Clinton get elected and served in the White House as a top aide.

"Why not?" Begala added. "He excelled as attorney general and governor of Arkansas, he excelled as president and he's been a model of the modern Senate spouse."

Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, agreed.

"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?"

Such a scenario is not beyond the realm of possibility now that the governor's mansion in New York is occupied by a Democrat, Eliot Spitzer, who succeeded Republican Gov. George Pataki last month. If Hillary Clinton wins the White House, Spitzer would likely appoint a fellow Democrat to take over her Senate seat.

You'd think from the way Begala, Ickes, and Sabato are talking, Hillary's ascension to the throne of the Democratic nomination is a certainty; the primary process just a formality now. The only uncertainty is who will take her place once she does win. We know how the Clinton political machine works. To ensure Hillary wins, eventually all other Democratic hopefuls are going to be told to take one for the party (i.e. the Clintons) and bow out so as to give Her Royal Highness the nomination.


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They should keep pushing th... (Below threshold)

They should keep pushing this idea hard. The combination of Hillary in the White House and Bill in the Senate will do more to motivate the right than anything any GOP candidate could do or say.

I am sorry but I will have ... (Below threshold)
Jumpinjoe:

I am sorry but I will have to reiterate this over and over. Hillary did not serve in the military let alone combat; therefore she is not qualified to serve as CiC.

Or did this talking point change already?

No trolls yet? Perhaps the ... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

No trolls yet? Perhaps the headline made them too moist to type.

Bever happen. The last thi... (Below threshold)

Bever happen. The last thing the ego maniac Eliot /Spizter wants is B.J. sucking ou all his poltical oxygen. Then does Bubba even want a day job?

Not a shock that Sabato has... (Below threshold)
eddie bear:

Not a shock that Sabato has joined the chorus. He's such a media whore that he'll say whatever anybody wants to hear just to get on TV or in print.

while we're at it, let's te... (Below threshold)
Ironman:

while we're at it, let's tell freshman Dem Rep. John Hall the music is over and he must step aside so Chelsea can be the new Congresswomen from Chappaqua

Do the Clintons think everyone is their poodle?

At this point I dont care w... (Below threshold)
DJ:

At this point I dont care who wins the white house, just so long as it's not a Clinton or a Bush. We're talking 20 straight years of Clinton or a Bush in the oval office. I think its way past time for a change at the helm.

a few Democrats and pund... (Below threshold)
tas:

a few Democrats and pundits speculate that her on again/off again husband...

The personal nature of the attacks against Clinton never ceases to amaze me.

This only reenforces the fa... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

This only reenforces the fact that something is wrong with all New Yorkers. They have to import two hillbillies from Arkansas to run the state. You see a car with NY license plates, stay away from it, they have proven themselves mentally ill.

That was the fun part, now what is really wrong with the people of NY that they would even consider, must less do such a thing? I thought only those from LA were brain dead from breathing poison auto emissions.

There's a lot of 'mythology... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

There's a lot of 'mythology' surrounding the Clintons and things they've done. Their politics and standards are good enough reason to reject them. The rest is unnecessary.

However, at timese like this, there's one piece of mythology that seems to be possibly real. The story of the 700 FBI files. Only by having the dirt on hundreds of high profile figures in Washington can the Clintons have any chance of being relavent politically.

If the Republicans pick a sure loser, I'll be convinced it real and they have the dirt on both sides of the isle.

The personal natur... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:
The personal nature of the attacks against Clinton never ceases to amaze me.

The personal attacks by the Clintons (Google: "bimbo eruptions" to start your education) never ceases to amaze me.

Will not happen. Former Pre... (Below threshold)
Brian The Adequate:

Will not happen. Former President Clinton would not take the pay and prestige cut to be a Senator. Heck, the only reason Hillary Clinton wanted to be Senator was to set up her run for the White House.

Bill in the Senate. I woul... (Below threshold)
semanticleo:

Bill in the Senate. I would buy a ticket to see that. Shares of K-Y would skyrocket. I'm buyin that too!

Ok, Trolls, now we have car... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Ok, Trolls, now we have cart blanche to talk about the Clintons. God, who wants a "twofer" when a "onefer" sucks so much?!!

If Hillary (or Condi or any... (Below threshold)
Bob:

If Hillary (or Condi or any other female) becomes President, we'll need a term for her husband. First Man won't do. If Hillary wins, perhaps we can use the term "First Lady's Man" or even "First Ladiesman." In any case, it seems unlikely to me that Governor Spitzer will have any interest in appointing Bill as Senator. He's more likely to appoint someone who helped him win his present office or someone whose appointment might help him win reelection.

SHREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEIIIIII... (Below threshold)

SHREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIK!

The DLC still thinks this i... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

The DLC still thinks this is 1996...
Hillery would not be taken seriously as a Candidate without her last name. Would our current President ever have been elected without his last name?
Others
Kennedy
Gore
Romney


Although a last name does not make them special..never underestimate it's power..
It is Bill and not Hillery who is bringing in the big bucks..speaking of bucks however..quietly, under the radar ...Dodd will be the Dem guy with bucks when the first report comes in March...

My choices so far
Edwards Dem..
and a switch in Repubs..I had supported Rudi but
damn I admire Chuck H.
...I have until January 2008 here in CO to declare a Party and vote in the Primary...a lot of time till then...

nogo may be right about Dod... (Below threshold)

nogo may be right about Dodd. His Chairmanship of the Senate Banking Committee gives him a door-opener to many of the deepest-pocketed companies and political fundraisers around. The early measure of viability for candidates in both parties is thought to be the ability to raise $10 million by this June, and Dodd could do it.

I doubt Bill Clinton would want to serve in the Senate. It would be quite a slide down the power pole from CinC to one of a hundred Senators. The schedule would confine him and the rules would inhibit his easy source of income through speeches. It isn't as if he needs any office to stay in the public eye. As First Gentleman, he would have that without the downside.

Floating the rumor, though, can only boost Hillary's campaign. Bill is still the most popular Democrat in the party. Anything which leads primary voters to think about him helps Hillary's chances, if only slightly.

If Hillary wins, perhaps... (Below threshold)
mantis:

If Hillary wins, perhaps we can use the term "First Lady's Man" or even "First Ladiesman."

Don't you mean First Ladies Man?

Christ... Everyone misses t... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Christ... Everyone misses the obvious.

No one has mentioned the 22nd amendment yet, why?
Its not called the line of succession for nothing and that alone will prevent the boy president from holding political office ever again.

Everyone misses the obvi... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Everyone misses the obvious.

Such as, I don't know, the text of the amendment?

No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.

I'm pretty sure that Senator and President are different offices.

Btw, yes I understand the l... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Btw, yes I understand the line of succession argument, but its absurd to think it applies here. I've never heard anyone argue that the 22nd Amendment would preclude anyone from holding an office other than Vice President, and even that is iffy, let alone an office not even in the line of succession. Let's have a look at that line:

Vice President and President of the Senate
Speaker of the House of Representatives
President pro tempore of the Senate
Secretary of State
Secretary of the Treasury
Secretary of Defense
Attorney General
Secretary of the Interior
Secretary of Agriculture
Secretary of Commerce
Secretary of Labor
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary of Transportation
Secretary of Energy
Secretary of Education
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Secretary of Homeland Security

Where on that list do you see "Junior Senator from the State of New York?"

Hillary update..now Hillary... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Hillary update..now Hillary is demanding that a flag representing traitors to the United States of America be removed

"Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) said during a campaign stop in South Carolina today that the Confederate flag should be removed from certain state grounds, reports the Associated Press.

Clinton made the case that while at war, the nation "should have one flag that we all pay honor to"

Doesn't she know..we defeated the terrorists who sought to destroy our Union..ah back in 1865...
We won...the Confederate terrorists lost..she is getting desperate if she goes back to 1865 as the last time terrorists attacked our nation...

mantis, any member of the H... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

mantis, any member of the House or Senate is in the line of succession. Just because they're further down the list doesn't negate the possibility or avoid the clear intent of the amendment.

For a spouse to be appointe... (Below threshold)
Imhotep:

For a spouse to be appointed congress-person, doesn't somebody have to die in a plane crash?

Or is that illegal move only for dead Missourians?

mantis, any member of th... (Below threshold)
mantis:

mantis, any member of the House or Senate is in the line of succession.

Wrong. The statutory list is 17 positions long. Only the Speaker and Pres. pro temp are in the line.

Even if you were correct about the line of succession, your assertion is still absurd. Guess what happens when someone in the line above is not a natural-born citizen (like Carlos Gutierrez or Elaine Chao)? They're ineligible and you just move to the next seat on the list. Any reason why you couldn't do that if you were correct about Clinton possibly being in the line of succession, which in any case you are not?

spitzer's move would be a c... (Below threshold)
moseby:

spitzer's move would be a classic...replace one useless twat with another....

Gmac, I think old mantis ha... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Gmac, I think old mantis has you there.

You read the constitution like Mike Nifong reads the rape law in North Carolina.

Hillary and Bill Clinton ar... (Below threshold)

Hillary and Bill Clinton are an inseperable, power-hungry couple. Read my book, "Hillary Clinton Nude: Naked Ambition, Hillary Clinton And America's Demise" to better comprehend how damaging this would-be dynasty is to America.

Sheldon




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