Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Could it actually happen?

Whenever Hillary Rodham Clinton is asked whether she'll run in the next presidential race, she usually will giggle like a schoolgirl and deny having ever entertained such a silly old thought. But according to many analysts, the senator already has a sharp eye on 2008:

(CNSNews.com) - Even though Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) has more than a year left in her re-election campaign, she is "already focused" on 2008 and a campaign to become the first female president of the United States, political analysts say.

Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, told Cybercast News Service that "there's no way in the world she couldn't be thinking about" running for the White House "because everybody else is thinking about her doing it."

Referring to a survey conducted by the Institute in early October, Carroll said Clinton can look beyond 2006 since she currently holds a 2-to-1 advantage over her likely GOP opponent, Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, in next year's election.

According to that poll, 64 percent of New York State voters said Clinton deserves to be re-elected, including 32 percent of Republicans.

Carroll also noted that "a lot of people in New York and nationwide think she ought to run and probably will run for president."

And what about Bill's role?

Meanwhile, Carroll said that the senator has an even more important resource to help her win the White House.

"I think that she's married to probably the smartest politician in America, and I expect she'll get a lot of very good advice from former President Bill Clinton," he said.

Slick is the word, not smart. There's little that Bubba could tell his wife that would actually help her because she doesn't possess that same "Eddie Haskel" kind of charm. Still, her chances look frightentingly good if early reports are to be believed (and that's a big if).