Magazine article The New American

Clintonites Bid for White House?

Magazine article The New American

Clintonites Bid for White House?

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In his August 27th op-ed, syndicated columnist Richard Reeves reported that Hillary Clinton "and her advisers, including her husband the ex-president, her money-men and pollsters, will meet shortly after Labor Day--September 6, I hear--to discuss whether or not she should go for it."

"The race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 has changed totally in the past few weeks," wrote Reeves. "At the beginning of the summer, Hillary could comfortably deny having national presidential ambitions, because the comfortable conventional wisdom was that it didn't really matter who the Democratic candidate would be, because President Bush had a lock on reelection. (I'm sure that the thought has never crossed her mind that it would be better for her if Bush won in 2004, leaving her a clear field in 2008.)"

"But now ... with Bush looking more vulnerable because there are not enough jobs at home and not enough peace abroad, Senator Clinton has to check some numbers," Reeves continued. "If a Democrat, say Kerry, defeats Bush next November and then runs for re-election in 2008, then her next chance to run would probably be in 2012, when she will be 65 years old. And who knows what the world will look like then?"

Hillary is not the only "Friend of Bill" contemplating a White House bid (assuming that the word "friend" applies to her relationship with the former Philanderer-in-Chief). Retired General Wesley Clark, a fellow Arkansan, Rhodes Scholar, and former NATO supreme commander, is also mulling a run. …

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