While most political observers fully expect Sen. Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2008, some insiders believe she might pull out of the race and seek to lead the Democrats in the Senate instead.
“I would not be surprised if she were to decide that the best contribution she can make to her country is to forget about being president and become a consensus-maker in the Senate,” a leading Democratic Party insider said in remarks reported by the Sunday Times of London.
When it's clear your party hates and mistrusts you, it's time to decide you can lead them all into a consensus in the Senate.
These people are wondering why the Republicans wanted three Catholic priests to conduct and invocation and protection of the Holy Spirit??
“She believes there is no trust between the two political sides and that we can’t function as a democracy without it.”
But sources in Washington told NewsMax that Clinton could decide that Democrats stand the best chance of regaining the White House if she seeks the vice presidential slot in 2008.
A recent poll for Time magazine showed that while 53 percent of respondents said they viewed Clinton favorably, 53 percent of independent voters said they would not vote for her.
“The prospect of a Hillary for president campaign has put much of the Democratic establishment in a bind,” Time concluded. “The early line is that Hillary would be unstoppable in a Democratic primary but unelectable in a general election.”
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid from Nevada privately told Clinton that his job was hers if she gave up her expected run for the White House, according to the respected blog The Washington Note.
Just what the majority of Democratic Senators who can't stand her need.
Reid’s office denied that. But the claim made its way into the Los Angeles Times, which suggested Clinton would make a “superlative Senate leader” while keeping her options open for the 2012 presidential race.
The Golden Parachute?
One close friend of the Clintons said: “There is no way she won’t run for president.”
But others are not so sure, according to the Times.
Clinton has raised $33 million for her Senate re-election campaign in New York, and leftover funds can be used in a presidential bid.
If she balks at the presidency, another close source said, “she can win a huge amount of goodwill by donating her money to colleagues in the Senate.”
If you can't earn friends & respect with you shtick, when all else fails - buy them.