Senator Bill Clinton

  1. http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/index.html#3603 Any opinions?
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  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    Some mull idea of Sen. Bill Clinton

    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.”...

    http://www.examiner.com/a-573127~Som...l_Clinton.html

    I think an appointed member of congress is not the best idea.
    Correct me if I am wrong but I think it differs state to state.
    Isn't there a state that has an election if a Senator or Congressperson dies or otherwise leaves office?
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Obviously . . I think it is a bad idea.


    steph (resident right-wing born again wacko).

    p.s. That mj blog link was hilarious . . . . thanks.
  5. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Won't happen.

    First Spitzer, the new Gov, has political debts to pay and putting Bill in the job doesn't pay off a debt. It's a dead end from the Gov's perspective. And HE would be the one to nominate Hillary's replacement.

    2nd, Bill would be crazy to take that job. You don't go back and play in the minor leagues after you have a world series ring. It's beneath you.

    3rd, the Clintons are extraordinary politicians. Neither would slight the role of Hillary as President by allowing the media to compare and contrast her politicies with HIS voting record. Think about that, ANYTIME he disagreed with her on a vote, it would be a fait accompli tanking of her policy: if she can't keep her husband on board, how can she hope to keep anybody else?

    4th, I would suspect that Bill will represent a moderate face to Hillary's progessive agenda. He would be a useful spokesperson to moderate Hillary's positions.

    5th, as both a former President AND first spouse, Bill would exercise more power directly then he could by being constrained in the role of Senator.

    6th - If Bill takes on any political role in the wake of Hillary's election to the Presidency, I would suspect that role would be Sec State. Think about that, to me, that's a no-brainer, would receive wide ranging support, and it is much more powerful then being 1 in a club of 100.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Feb 20, '07
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    Now that you mention it I don’t like the idea of the spouse of the President serving in Congress.
    I do not think Bill is more moderate than she is. Both are more pragmatic than I like. I think elected officials should be honest.
    And if they change their position they owe us an explanation ASAP, now when time to campaign again.
  7. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from spacenurse
    Now that you mention it I don't like the idea of the spouse of the President serving in Congress.
    I do not think Bill is more moderate than she is. Both are more pragmatic than I like. I think elected officials should be honest.
    And if they change their position they owe us an explanation ASAP, now when time to campaign again.
    I don't think that Bill is more moderate then Hillary either. However, I think that he would and could be cast in that role as a foil against opposition to her policies.

    The media loves Bill. If he comes out and guffaws the concerns of those opposed to this policy or that, it will make any Sunday news program he wants, week after week.

    He could go on Fox News Sunday, smile coyly and repeatedly say, "There you go again, trying to misrepresent what X plan is about. You're sponsors must love you for this."

    He could go on CNN and say, "Exactly what we've been trying to say, X plan is not nearly as controversial as the Republicans are saying it is."

    ~faith,
    Timothy.

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