Skip to comments.Pirro's Shocked By Hillary's Ambition! (Joe Conason Alert!)
Posted on 08/17/2005 11:45:30 AM PDT by Maria S
Up for re-election after a successful first term, with overwhelming popular approval, the candidate is a prohibitive favorite to win again. Sporting a Presidential name and a stunning capacity to attract campaign money, the candidate can pull in a million dollars or more simply by showing up for dinner, not only locally but anywhere in the country.
While the candidate insists that winning a second term is the only priority, the nations political elites and pundits openly speculate that plans are being laid for a White House bid. Everywhere the candidate goesand the candidate goes everywhere, both to address the party faithful and raise fundsreporters ask about the Presidency. The next Presidential election is still years away, but the candidate already leads all potential rivals in opinion polls and insider surveys.
Back home, the candidates would-be opponents seek to transform those looming national ambitions into a negative campaign issue. Those opponents accuse the candidate of paying more attention to national politics than home-state concerns and suggest that running for President will mean only part-time attention to pressing issues.
Who is this candidate? Of course, the description fits Hillary Rodham Clinton, the junior Senator from New York and presumed Democratic Presidential contender. Seven years ago, however, precisely the same profile would have perfectly described George W. Bush, then running for his second term as Governor of Texasand preparing to decide whether he would run for President of the United States.
During Mr. Bushs 1998 re-election campaign, politicians and journalists correctly calculated that he was certain to begin running for President the following year. He was raising millions of dollars in places far from Austin, and he was doing his best to deflect questions about the Presidency without sounding overly coy.
To his credit, Mr. Bush never tried to deny that he might very well seek national office. The truth is, I dont know whether or not Im going to run for the Presidency, and wont know for quite a while, he said in May 1998. Thats just something Texas voters will have to factor into their decision. He made those comments six months before his landslide victory over a Democrat who tried to make an issue of his Presidential prospects.
The issue of Presidential potential as a distraction from present responsibilities arose when Jeanine Pirro, the Westchester County District Attorney, announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination against Mrs. Clinton. Fumbling her way through an uninspired speech, Mrs. Pirro mentioned few substantive disagreements with the incumbent. Instead, she boasted of the broad blue stripes that offset her Republican redness and emphasized her disagreements with the Bush administration.
The would-be challengers sharpest complaint is that Mrs. Clinton could conceivably run for President while serving in the Senate. According to Mrs. Pirro, in fact, that complaint is the foundation of her candidacy.
I am running for the Senate because New York deserves a Senator who will give her all to the people of New York for a full termfull timeand not miss votes to campaign in the 2008 Presidential primaries, the District Attorney explained in her announcement speech last week. New York deserves a Senator who has New Yorks interests at heartnot the divided loyalties of one seeking to satisfy the needs of the people in Iowa, New Hampshire or Florida.
You will know where my opponent and I disagree and where we agree, Mrs. Pirro went on. But mostly, she concluded, Im the one candidate running for Senator from New York who really wants to be Senator from New York.
There are many flaws in this argument, but lets begin with the most obvious. Somehow it didnt occur to Mrs. Pirro that if the people of New York deserve a full-time Senator, then the good citizens of Westchester County also deserve a full-time District Attorneyand she should resign because her attention will be consumed by a statewide campaign for the next 16 months.
Yet even if Mrs. Pirro does resign, the notion that anyone contemplating a Presidential candidacy shouldnt stand for re-election to the Senate or statehouse is still stupid and harmful. Pursued to its logical conclusion, this stricture would eliminate many of the most able and talented politicians from public service.
Nobody in Kansas made an issue of Senator Robert Doles ambitions when he sought the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980 and 1988. (He did resign his Senate seat, in 1996, when he was the partys nominee.) Should John McCain, the conscience of the Republican Party, have renounced his easy re-election last year because he may run for President again in 2008? Nobody in Arizona mentioned the idea, including his plucky Democratic opponent.
If White House political guru Karl Rove encouraged Mrs. Pirro to run, as many observers believe, then perhaps he should devise a more persuasiveand less sophomoricrationale for her campaign.
"If White House political guru Karl Rove encouraged Mrs. Pirro to run, as many observers believe, then perhaps he should devise a more persuasiveand less sophomoricrationale for her campaign."
So nice to see Conason's rationale being "Bush did it, so it's OK!"
Reporter: "Will you guarantee all of us, that if re-elected, there is absolutely, positively no way that you'll run for any other political office and that you'll serve out your term in full?"
Bill Clinton: "You bet. I told you when I announced for governor I intended to run, and that's what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna serve four years. I made that decision when I decided to run. I'm being considered for as a candidate for governor. That's the job I want. That's the job I'll do for the next four years."
actually, being the non-Hillary is rational enough for me.
Isn't it time for Joe to put away his kneepads?
Clintoon Lied, His Loyal Arkansas Supporter Cried...?
New Yorkers apparently don't have any particular moral or other standards for their senators. If they can recognize the name, that appears to be the minimum threshold.
You'd think by now Joe Conason would have figured out that Karl is just one of many clones created by the PNAC neo-cons to rule the world.
(Whoops,there I go leaking classified information again)
New Yorkers apparently don't have any particular moral or other standards for their senators.
They have none -- along with care for their country. With the libs IT IS ALL ABOUT SELF AND POWER AND CONTROL.
well, if we go by how MSM apparently defines conscience, which is "that little voice that no one really listens to" then sure, mccain could be considered the conscience of the GOP
I hope someone in the NY GOP will obtain the KHBS-TV video of that Bill Clinton interview. It's like a ready-made commercial against Hillary.
WHY MISSUS CLINTON IS DANGEROUS
FOR THE CHILDREN,
FOR THE WORLD
madhillary.com (coming soon)
COPYRIGHT MIA T 2005
"What, me worry?"
THE THREAT OF TERRORISM AS CLOSE AS
A CLINTON TO OVAL OFFICE
how the clintons are handling
the hillary dud factor
The Left's Fatally Flawed "Animal Farm" Mentality
(Why America Must NEVER AGAIN Elect a Democrat President)
THE JEANINE PIRRO--HILLARY CLINTON VIRTUAL MATCHUP
Hillary vs. Jeanine?
JEANINE PIRRO: indefinite prison/psych-ward term for all rapists
(HILLARY CLINTON: 16-year oval-office term for 2 certain rapists)
HILLARY IS NIXON-PLUS part 2
BEWARE THE SYNERGY
Nixonian paranoia and fascistic mindset combine with
clintonian megalomania, ineptitude and, most important, easy betrayal of America
to make hillary clinton deadly dangerous for us all.
COPYRIGHT MIA T 2005
I certainly don't consider McCain to be the "concience of the Republicans".
LOLOL. If Conason is out there attacking Ms. Pirro, then we KNOW her thighness is indeed worried.
Michelle is a turn on.............. oh, so are the rest of the Republican LADIES!!!
Andrea Mitchell is Barbra Streisand on peyote.
Love your work, Mia. (one more time)
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