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Sen. Bill Clinton D-N.Y.
The PIttsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | December 3, 2008 | Salena Zito

Posted on 12/03/2008 3:51:39 PM PST by Salena Zito

Sen. Bill Clinton has an interesting ring to it, doesn’t 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."

(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburghlive.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 111th; 2010; bho2008; billclinton; clinton; constitution; democrats; hillary; newyork; ny2008; obama; obamatransitionfile; senate; slickwillie; transition; x42; zito
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1 posted on 12/03/2008 3:51:39 PM PST by Salena Zito
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To: Salena Zito

Here’s New York’s chance to get it’s 3rd Governor. Just put Paterson in the slot. The poor guy deserves it.


2 posted on 12/03/2008 3:53:41 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Salena Zito

Not gonna happen. Too restricting.


3 posted on 12/03/2008 3:54:19 PM PST by nufsed
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Rather see him in the House:

Bill Clinton (D), Harlem


4 posted on 12/03/2008 3:54:30 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Salena Zito

Whatcha bet it will be the Junior Senator from New York, Chelsea Clinton....


5 posted on 12/03/2008 3:55:03 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: Salena Zito

Why not?

The NY Senate Seat will be held by the Democrats for the next 100 years anyway.


6 posted on 12/03/2008 3:55:22 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at I00 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: nufsed

I am trying to picture Slick Willie as the most junior member of the senate, with the worst office space, and worst committee assignments.


7 posted on 12/03/2008 3:56:05 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: Salena Zito

More like “Senator Haywood Jablome”


8 posted on 12/03/2008 3:56:21 PM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: Salena Zito
His ego is so massive it would not allow him to be the junior Senator from New York with no seniority.
9 posted on 12/03/2008 3:57:05 PM PST by skimask (Never argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience)
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To: Chet 99

Not gonna happen.


10 posted on 12/03/2008 3:58:07 PM PST by nufsed
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To: Salena Zito

I doubt his ego could handle it. Then again, Obama won the election, so what the *%^& do I know?


11 posted on 12/03/2008 3:58:12 PM PST by TheWasteLand
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To: nufsed

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?


12 posted on 12/03/2008 4:00:14 PM PST by Cecily
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To: Salena Zito

and now for more of the “Billhillarack” soap opera


13 posted on 12/03/2008 4:01:39 PM PST by Citizen Soldier (Made in USA and proud of it.)
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To: muawiyah

It’s too long a drive for him.


14 posted on 12/03/2008 4:01:47 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Salena Zito

As a resident of western New York, oh dear Lord, No! Stop the madness! Can we ever be rid of this man?!


15 posted on 12/03/2008 4:02:13 PM PST by fhayek
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To: Salena Zito

The strippers at scores and the high priced Manhattan call-girls are very excited about now being including in a government stimulus package.


16 posted on 12/03/2008 4:03:04 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Cecily

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.


17 posted on 12/03/2008 4:03:22 PM PST by nufsed
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To: Salena Zito

That’s change we can believe in! //sarc


18 posted on 12/03/2008 4:04:14 PM PST by BAW (Dear Santa, I can explain . . .)
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To: nufsed

I could see David Paterson installing a placeholder for two years, running in 2010, and letting Slick take Albany.


19 posted on 12/03/2008 4:05:19 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: fhayek
Bubba stays in NY in Governor's Mansion, Hillary in DC...Works for him.

Think plans are being made for Patterson as another Obama lapdog.

20 posted on 12/03/2008 4:05:44 PM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: Cecily

power and a yearly fresh crop of college age female interns.


21 posted on 12/03/2008 4:07:45 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Salena Zito

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.


22 posted on 12/03/2008 4:11:08 PM PST by Argus (Stuff Compassionate and Maverick - just try plain old CONSERVATISM again)
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To: fhayek

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...


23 posted on 12/03/2008 4:12:17 PM PST by madameguinot (The USA is still the greatest nation on Earth.)
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To: Salena Zito

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.

24 posted on 12/03/2008 4:15:22 PM PST by Sarajevo (I hear moon crickets...........chirping.)
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To: Salena Zito

From President to Senator? No way Jose’. Just like Rush he wouldn’t take the pay (and status) cut.


25 posted on 12/03/2008 4:23:28 PM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: Salena Zito

Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

Please, Salena? I’m thrilled to be getting rid of the other one. I’m going to have nightmares now.


26 posted on 12/03/2008 4:25:30 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade, There are only two sides. Pick one.)
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To: Salena Zito

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


27 posted on 12/03/2008 4:32:25 PM PST by blueyon (Every one will have their 15 mins under the bus)
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To: celtic gal

If this is an appointed position for now until the next election then I agree that Chelsea Clinton would be on the inside track.


28 posted on 12/03/2008 4:32:56 PM PST by seawolf101
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To: celtic gal

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.


29 posted on 12/03/2008 4:34:27 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: celtic gal

Chelsea is not old enough. You have to be 30.

Thank God.


30 posted on 12/03/2008 4:51:07 PM PST by opocno
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To: Salena Zito

Oh Pulllllllllllleaaaaaaaaaaaasseeeeeeeee!!

Why won’t the Clinton machine just go away??? I’m sick of the MR’er and her Thighness.


31 posted on 12/03/2008 5:01:25 PM PST by AlanGreenSpam (Obama: The First 'American IDOL' President - sponsored by Chicago NeoCom Thugs)
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To: Salena Zito

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.


32 posted on 12/03/2008 5:10:34 PM PST by PBRCat
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To: PBRCat

I wrote it and yep, I forgot old Andy. My bad.


33 posted on 12/03/2008 5:11:12 PM PST by Salena Zito (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/blogs/fortyfourthestate/)
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To: opocno

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


34 posted on 12/03/2008 5:13:17 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom IF DA BIRTH PLACE IS A LIE, BEING DA PRESIDENT AIN'T GONNA FLY!)
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To: Chet 99
shmucky would meet with an “accident” pronto... or resign quickly for health reasons.

LLS

35 posted on 12/03/2008 5:57:32 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! so sue me!)
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To: opocno
Well that may be true but the Clinton's and the democrats don't have to follow those regulations..they can have a dispensation just because they are democRATS. Not so for a Republican or conservative.
36 posted on 12/03/2008 8:52:59 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: Salena Zito

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.


37 posted on 12/03/2008 9:18:50 PM PST by TBP
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To: Sacajaweau
Think plans are being made for Patterson as another Obama lapdog.

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?

38 posted on 12/03/2008 9:21:35 PM PST by TBP
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To: celtic gal

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.


39 posted on 12/03/2008 9:23:09 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: seawolf101
If this is an appointed position for now until the next election then I agree that Chelsea Clinton would be on the inside track.

Is Chelsea old enough?

40 posted on 12/03/2008 9:24:10 PM PST by TBP
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To: PBRCat

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.


41 posted on 12/03/2008 9:25:24 PM PST by TBP
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To: 9YearLurker

Don’t they have that really dumb one in congress from Rhode Island? Who else do they have? The green one?


42 posted on 12/03/2008 9:25:26 PM PST by nufsed
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To: Chet 99
I am trying to picture Slick Willie as the most junior member of the senate, with the worst office space, and worst committee assignments.

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!"

43 posted on 12/03/2008 9:25:27 PM PST by SlightOfTongue
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To: 9YearLurker
E.g., Biden’s got a seat holder for his son in Delaware now,

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?

44 posted on 12/03/2008 9:27:55 PM PST by TBP
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To: TBP

Or would Caroline suddenly reveal that she’s been a resident of their ‘compound’ of late?


45 posted on 12/03/2008 9:29:50 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker
Yes this is true and it will be said that the Bush clan was no different but they were. Pres Bush the elder had govt positions but Pres Bush JR was a gov and then went to the national level. Jeb is now considering a run for Senate in the next round.
I think this keeping the seat warm idea is just wrong and sets the country up for a faux monarchy of sorts..with all the big players from the past constantly holding office and in this respect nothing ever will change for the benefit of the nation..just imagine, now we will have two little Marxist girls being groomed for the spots in public positions thanks to their father's election ( fraud that he may be...by the way did you see in the paper today that a Christmas holiday in his “ native Hawaii” is being planned)..God save us.
46 posted on 12/04/2008 8:06:36 AM PST by celtic gal
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To: celtic gal

bttt


47 posted on 12/04/2008 8:08:32 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: muawiyah

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.


48 posted on 12/04/2008 11:46:04 AM PST by NYC GOP Chick ("Lights up on Washington Heights, Up at the break of day...")
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

Nah. He never pays for what he can get for free.


49 posted on 12/04/2008 11:47:20 AM PST by NYC GOP Chick ("Lights up on Washington Heights, Up at the break of day...")
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To: TheWasteLand
oh come on. everything this guy does for the rest of his life is gravy. he has nothing left to prove.

he will take a substantial monetary hit, though, if he is a senator.

50 posted on 12/04/2008 11:49:17 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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