Skip to comments.Sen. Bill Clinton D-N.Y.
Posted on 12/03/2008 3:51:39 PM PST by Salena Zito
Sen. Bill Clinton has an interesting ring to it, doesnt it?
While no one is certain if this is a creation of the press or an actuality, certainly there are many models for post-presidential life and a return to public office is one of them.
Whether Bill Clinton is being seriously considered, or is seriously considering, a return to office via his wife Hillary's vacated New York U.S. Senate seat is certainly worth exploring.
"John Quincy Adams is the most prominent instance of a return to political office" said Joel Goldstein, an expert on the presidency. "But William Howard Taft was appointed Chief Justice of the United States, George Washington was named Commander in Chief of the army by President Adams, and despite his misgivings, Gerald R. Ford authorized close associates to discuss the possibility of (him) running for vice president on Ronald Reagan's ticket in 1980 -- and seemed close to accepting it."
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Here’s New York’s chance to get it’s 3rd Governor. Just put Paterson in the slot. The poor guy deserves it.
Not gonna happen. Too restricting.
Rather see him in the House:
Bill Clinton (D), Harlem
Whatcha bet it will be the Junior Senator from New York, Chelsea Clinton....
The NY Senate Seat will be held by the Democrats for the next 100 years anyway.
I am trying to picture Slick Willie as the most junior member of the senate, with the worst office space, and worst committee assignments.
More like “Senator Haywood Jablome”
Not gonna happen.
I doubt his ego could handle it. Then again, Obama won the election, so what the *%^& do I know?
Why would he want to be a senator, when he gets to travel the world making tons of cash giving speeches and being fawned over as some kind of elder statesman?
and now for more of the “Billhillarack” soap opera
It’s too long a drive for him.
As a resident of western New York, oh dear Lord, No! Stop the madness! Can we ever be rid of this man?!
The strippers at scores and the high priced Manhattan call-girls are very excited about now being including in a government stimulus package.
precisely<p.He could also serve as ambassador at large which is what a democrat president might use him for. Kind of like Carter without all the pomposity and anti-American rhetoric.
That’s change we can believe in! //sarc
I could see David Paterson installing a placeholder for two years, running in 2010, and letting Slick take Albany.
Think plans are being made for Patterson as another Obama lapdog.
power and a yearly fresh crop of college age female interns.
After he abdicated the throne, the Roman emperor Diocletian retired to his estates to indulge in his favorite pasttime of growing his own food. The successors he left in place soon fell out, and a delegation of leading citizens went to Diocletian’s farm to beg him to return and assume power again. Diocletian’s reply was, “What, and give up all this cabbage?”
I suspect Bubba’s response would be similar.
The most prescient thing Rush said years ago was that the Clintons were NOT GOING AWAY. I briefly thought he was wrong when Nobama was elected. Alas...
a return to office via his wife Hillary's vacated New York U.S. Senate seat
Nothing like a bit of nepotism to stagnate the political gene pool.
From President to Senator? No way Jose’. Just like Rush he wouldn’t take the pay (and status) cut.
Please, Salena? I’m thrilled to be getting rid of the other one. I’m going to have nightmares now.
I would think it would be a MAJOR conflict of interest. Him voting on issues and the little woman being Sec of State and all.
Remember the Dubai issue a few years back, But honey I no you were voting one way and I was over there “Consulting” for a nice fee against your position but but but.....
I am shocked I tell you, Shocked that they are still together. LOL
If this is an appointed position for now until the next election then I agree that Chelsea Clinton would be on the inside track.
Hey, that might not be a bad idea—Chelsea is one smart cookie, plain looking true, but smart in an Eleanor Roosevelt sort of way. Old Bill would be a fun guy in the Senate as well, but I don’t think Obama is that dumb. Bill and Hill could double team him if things go south.
Chelsea is not old enough. You have to be 30.
Why won’t the Clinton machine just go away??? I’m sick of the MR’er and her Thighness.
Not a bad article, but the columnist omitted to add that former President Andrew Johnson actually did serve in the Senate (briefly) after leaving the White House.
I wrote it and yep, I forgot old Andy. My bad.
Hey opocno Since when does the rule of law apply hell Obama aint even eligible and he is gonna Jive dance his way into the White house
Well, Governor Patterson is getting pressure from a lot of people wanting to be Senator. Appointing Bill as a caretaker would avoid offending any of them by picking another one.
The problem is that Bill could not be counted on to keep any promise to be just a caretaker.
Possibly, and that is another way of avoiding offending any of the self-promoting candidates.
Since Paterson was Lt. Governor until he succeeded Spitler, isn't that office vacant? So who would succeed pateron if he had himself appointed Senator?
I don’t think they could slide Chels all the way up to senator now, but you know it’s the way political families think that he could hold the seat before passing it along to her in six years. E.g., Biden’s got a seat holder for his son in Delaware now, Kennedys will try to follow Teddy with some one of his kin.
Is Chelsea old enough?
And John Quincy Adams served in the House after he had been President. He even died in the House cloakroom.
FWIW, johnTyler served in the Cofederate Congress.
Don’t they have that really dumb one in congress from Rhode Island? Who else do they have? The green one?
What a demotion it would be, but....
Slick: "Heck, it might be fun foolin' around with some young new interns, though. Hell, I'm down. Count me in!"
Edward E. (Ted) Friedman. Niceto know there will be a Ted in the Senate when Kennedy is gone.
Kennedys will try to follow Teddy with some one of his kin.
Probably his nephew Joe, the former Congressman.
Would William Kennedy Smith be too scummy for the Dhimmicraps to appoint?
Or would Caroline suddenly reveal that she’s been a resident of their ‘compound’ of late?
Not likely. Right now, we don’t have a Lt. Governor, and we’re not even sure who’s going to be the Senate Majority Leader, which is also the acting Lt. Governor.
Then again, going without a governor for a while probably isn’t the worst thing that can happen to us. Might even be a refreshing change.
Nah. He never pays for what he can get for free.
he will take a substantial monetary hit, though, if he is a senator.