Jan. 20, 2006 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬? Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has announced that she is forming an exploratory committee for president, thereby launching a bid to become the first female chief executive of the United States.
“I’m in,” she said on a Web site, hillaryclinton.com. “And I’m in to win.
“As a senator, I will spend two years doing everything in my power to limit the damage George W. Bush can do,” Clinton’s statement added. “But only a new president will be able to undo Bush’s mistakes and restore our hope and optimism.”
And as the National Journal points out…
Announcing today virtually guarantees that Clinton will be the Democratic Party’s de-facto foil on Tuesday night, when Pres. Bush gives his State of the Union address.
Oh, she’s a deft political strategist. There’s no doubt about that. But can she live up to Bill’s legacy? The line on Hill is that she’s whip smart, but has precious little charisma. And are people backing her because they think they’ll get Bill as defacto 2nd President? I didn’t think so until recently when I heard just that very thing for a co-worker a couple days ago. Well, at least he said he’d vote for her in hopes that Bill would be backing her up. I wonder how many other people think that?
So…if we’re playing the “who will win” game, here’s a quick scenario for 2008 and the future. McCain and Hillary lock up their parties nominations, and both absorb their top superstar rivals as VP candidates. I know, that usually doesn’t happen, but Guiliani and Obama are hard folks to pass up (Romney will raise a ton of money, but won’t be able to get over the Mormon hump). Still, given all the animosity towards Hillary and Bill’s legacy and political dynasties in general, McCain wins in a close one, but ultimately only serves four years and loses in 2012 to Obama, who runs again and now has enough “experience” this time around.
Far fetched? What are your scenarios?
In other news, Hillary returns to Antarctica…