Archive for Friday, May 23, 2008

Lioness, perhaps?

Would Hillary Clinton serve herself, her party and her constituency better by building her status as a Senate leader?

May 23, 2008


Recently, a group of political observers suggested that the best path for Sen. Hillary Clinton would be to drop out of the Democratic presidential race and return to the Senate where she would have a bright future.

There was reference to Sen. Edward Kennedy as the liberal lion of the Senate, and several analysts opined that Hillary Clinton had the background and the clout to become a comparable lioness. Working with the likes of Kennedy and fellow Democrats, it was pointed out, would allow Clinton another four years to prepare for a second presidential bid.

That all changed drastically the past weekend when Kennedy was hospitalized after seizures brought on by an inoperable and cancerous brain tumor. While he will get the best of treatment and has the will to defeat this cruel enemy, his prospects for a substantially longer life and more years in the Senate are not considered good even by friends and optimists.

With Kennedy likely to have less prominence in Washington because of his medical condition, what are the prospects that a potential new "lioness," who once was rated a fine counterpart to Kennedy, can generate even more power and leadership for the Democrats?

There is every evidence that despite her dogged campaign pursuit, Hillary Clinton soon will be knocked out of the presidential contest by Sen. Barack Obama. Clinton already has loaned her campaign millions of dollars, and momentum seems clearly in Obama's favor with only a few primary elections left.

Continued battling by Sen. Clinton could create even greater - potentially damaging - splits in the Democratic Party. Should she keep on waging what shapes up as a losing battle or reassess her situation and see what she can accomplish as a senator, especially now that Sen. Kennedy is likely to be a far less prominent leader?

This is not to declare that Kennedy is doomed. There is always a chance for a physical comeback, but after 45 years of dedicated service to the Senate, even a temporary absence by Kennedy would leave a significant void.

With Clinton's prospects for helping to fill that void, now might be the ideal time for her to bow out gracefully from the presidential campaign and take up the liberal lioness role. Even critics admit that Hillary Clinton has been an excellent U.S. senator and that she has a great chance to do even more as a representative of New York state.

Sen. Kennedy's illness, Sen. Obama's apparent victory and Sen. Clinton's ability to serve even more and better as a Democratic leader is an interesting equation for the Clinton camp to ponder.


acoupstick 9 years, 9 months ago

She should be McCain's vp choice. That would make this one the most interesting and entertaining elections ever. Plus that it would serve as a well-deserved thumb in the eye to both GOP and DNC establishments.

monkeyhawk 9 years, 9 months ago

I wonder if the situation was reversed ... would the media types be encouraging their obviously favored candidate to bow out? I doubt it. They would never want that "racist" label assigned to them. However, is it ok to defame females, while pussy footing around someone of color?Besides, maybe Hillary may be holding out for a promised appointment to the supreme court. I have to say I have a new found respect for her tenacity, but I doubt she is looking for small potatoes.

cato_the_elder 9 years, 9 months ago

Senator Clinton is by far the more electable candidate for the Dems, who again appear to be in the process of shooting themselves in the feet.

chet_larock 9 years, 9 months ago

/However, is it ok to defame females, while pussy footing around someone of color?/Hillary's done (or not done) plenty to lose this campaign. That's not to say I think the media coverage of either candidate has been fair, but seriously. If Hillary's campaign hadn't thought she'd be coasting to the nomination, they would have had some sort of plan post super Tuesday. Obama had some very difficult issues put on him and his campaign adjusted and kept momentum going. Hillary's campaign? Not so much. If the situation were reversed and Obama was continuing on, there would be plenty of pundits calling for him to drop out for the good of the party, and that would/should not be considered racist, as it shouldn't be considered sexist either.

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