Hey, how about appointing an impeached ex-President to the Senate?

posted at 10:48 am on November 26, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Nothing says Hope and Change like the return of the Clintons to Washington, does it?  Apparently, if you really want change, we need to go beyond appointing Hillary to run the State Department — we need to give Bill an official job as well.  Karl Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac make their argument that New York Governor David Paterson should appoint Bill as Hillary’s replacement without bothering to mention the little detail of Bill serving in same body that debated whether to convict him after his impeachment :

Amid the blizzard of résumés blanketing Washington as the Obama era dawns, there is a superbly qualified candidate for full employment whose name has been overlooked. We refer, of course, to William Jefferson Clinton, America’s 42nd chief executive and commander in chief. Yet now, by a wonderful combination of circumstances, comes an opportunity to harness his unquestioned political talents to benefit his country, the Democratic Party, New York state and his spouse. If, as is expected, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes secretary of state, New York Gov. David Paterson could send her husband to the U.S. Senate.

Doing so would spare the governor the agonizing dilemma of choosing from the 20 or so Democrats already named as contenders for the junior senator’s seat. Those mentioned include six sitting members of the House of Representatives (three of each sex), Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Caroline Kennedy and her cousin Robert Kennedy Jr., Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (an African American), and Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión Jr. (who is Hispanic). In this no-win competition, Paterson has to balance claims of gender, race, ethnicity and geography. He could wind up gaining one grateful ally while alienating not only all the losers but also millions of members of the disparate constituencies that each represents.

Hence the appeal of Bill Clinton. Who in his party could question so historic and dazzling a choice? In a stroke, the appointment would provide Sen. Clinton’s indefatigable husband with a fitting day job, serve the interests of a state beset by a meltdown in its most vital economic sector and offer a refreshing reverse twist on a tradition whereby deceased male senators, representatives or governors are succeeded by their widows.

Who could question such a “dazzling choice”?  The same people who just got done trying to shelve the Clintons for good in the primaries, that’s who.  Millions of people made it clear that they didn’t want to include the Clintons as part of the party’s future, and it’s not hard to understand why after watching Hillary blow the coronation, thanks in no small part to Bill’s tone-deaf politicking during the campaign.

In fact, Meyer and Brysac fail to come up with any compelling reason to select Bill, other than the supposed “dazzle” that Meyer and Brysac feel.  It’s the print version of a thrill up the leg, and it’s even less supportable than Chris Matthews’ crush on Barack Obama.  Instead of lining up Bill’s actual merits and comparing them to potential selections with actual futures in the party like Andrew Cuomo, Caroline and Robert Kennedy, or current members of Congress, the pair seem more enamored of gender-bending for gender-bending’s sake.

How can any analysis of a plan to send Bill Clinton to Congress fail to mention his impeachment and trial in 1998?  Whether one believes the impeachment and trial to be appropriate — and the impeachment was an impressively bipartisan affair — the fact is that Congress heavily penalized this president for transgressions that cost him his bar membership.  Should Paterson overlook relatively clean alternatives to give an impeached former President a seat in that same body?  The deliberate oversight of this rather large defect renders this little more than mindless cheerleading for the Clinton brand.

Furthermore, do the Democrats have anyone worthwhile not named Clinton?  And do actual New Yorkers exist, or will the Empire State continue to import its Senators from Arkansas?

Please, no more Clinton Restorations.  Find a real New Yorker for the Senate seat.


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I know I shouldn’t but –

“He’s too big to fail”

kybowexar on November 26, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Please, no more Clinton Restorations. Find a real New Yorker for the Senate seat.

I hear Rudolph Guiliani is looking for a job :)

BKennedy on November 26, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Well impeachment happened but conviction didn’t so I guess its possible for him to be a senator. I doubt he wants to give up his presidential pension and other perks however.

kanda on November 26, 2008 at 10:52 AM

OMG… am I the only one who believes that if a elected official leaves their seat, there should be a freaking special election so the Public can choose?

New Yorkers wonder why the rest of America looks at them like they are crazy…. and then they wonder why?!

upinak on November 26, 2008 at 10:53 AM

So this is how the Republic ends huh?

angryed on November 26, 2008 at 10:54 AM

This country needs a permanent ruling class. It really does.

lorien1973 on November 26, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Well this if from the same people who thought sending Al Franken to the Senate was good idea. What did you expect?

terryannonline on November 26, 2008 at 10:55 AM

Were it not so close to the holidays I would find more invigorating words to describe exactly how much I detest you right now.

Jazz Shaw on November 26, 2008 at 10:55 AM

lorien1973 on November 26, 2008 at 10:54 AM

if you were closer I would slap you. But then you would like it.

upinak on November 26, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Elliot Spitzer needs work. Why not appoint him? He’s just like Clinton in his personal life and he’s from Noo Yawk not Arkansas.

Percy_Peabody on November 26, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Please, do it. I’m heavily invested in popcorn futures contracts

lodge on November 26, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Stupid hick trying to figure out why a President would want to be a Senator. Stupid hick fails to connect the dots. Gives up.

Limerick on November 26, 2008 at 10:57 AM

The picture is hilarious!

The Chinese characters in the background are “tenka” (Japanese reading) or “tianxia” (Chinese), meaning “all under heaven”, historically used in reference to an imperial realm.

DarkCurrent on November 26, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Pffft, big deal, it’s already been done before, except I believe J.Q. Adams ran for office, he wasn’t appointed. Although wasn’t he in the House of Reps?

Tony737 on November 26, 2008 at 10:58 AM

This country needs a permanent ruling class. It really does.

Isn’t that what we’re getting now?

KeepOhioRed on November 26, 2008 at 10:59 AM

So what? I recall that a fully impeached federal judge is now a Congressman.

Go ahead, make Bill a Senator, but hide the Congressional Pages if you do.

Sergeant Tim on November 26, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Hillary can undermine the One from within the State Department while Bill leads his impeachment hearings from within the Senate. This is the groundwork for a spectacular coup, not to mention unseen drama.

It would be rather awkward in the Senate though… Not because of the impeachment, but because while this isn’t against the rules, it would royally screw up all diplomatic protocol – there is no precedent for this.

ebrawer on November 26, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Doing so would spare the governor the agonizing dilemma of choosing from the 20 or so Democrats already named as contenders for the junior senator’s seat. Those mentioned include six sitting members of the House of Representatives (three of each sex), Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Caroline Kennedy and her cousin Robert Kennedy Jr., Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (an African American), and Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión Jr. (who is Hispanic). In this no-win competition, Paterson has to balance claims of gender, race, ethnicity and geography. He could wind up gaining one grateful ally while alienating not only all the losers but also millions of members of the disparate constituencies that each represents.

Since when does one have a “female constituency”? (“The Hispanics of my district have spoken!”)

Remember when Clinton’s selection of a cabinet that “look[ed] like America” brought us Madeline Albright and Janet Reno?

Tzetzes on November 26, 2008 at 11:01 AM

Billy Jeff won’t take the job even if offered. Too big of a pay cut.

HawaiiLwyr on November 26, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Iowahawk is way ahead of you Ed.

link

bongo on November 26, 2008 at 11:02 AM

OH, GOD ALMIGHTY IN HEAVEN, PLEASE NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

latinchic on November 26, 2008 at 11:03 AM

there is no precedent for this.

ebrawer on November 26, 2008 at 11:00 AM

ha ha no precedent…that’s what hope and change is all about.

kanda on November 26, 2008 at 11:04 AM

My God, that would be great…imagine Senator Bill. The first president to become a senator.
What do you call him. His official title is always President Clinton…President Senator Clinton.
Awesome, Chelsea needs to be an ambassador.

right2bright on November 26, 2008 at 11:05 AM

Ed, what do you mean by “North Arkansas strikes again”?

If you’re referring to Hope, AR, it’s not in the north.

CP on November 26, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Better money is on an appointment of either Coumo or Bloomberg to take out a possible opponent in the run for Governor next time around.

CommentGuy on November 26, 2008 at 11:07 AM

No.

DaveC on November 26, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Oligrachy – a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.

cryptojunkie on November 26, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Ironic, eh. -> Oligrachy Oligarchy

cryptojunkie on November 26, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Cryptojunkie hit the nail on the head. I’m tired of the Clintons *and* the Kennedys.

conservative_in_texas on November 26, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Hence the appeal of Bill Clinton. Who in his party could question so historic and dazzling a choice.

Well she is right, he dazzled Monica with his “Clintonista”.

In a stroke, the appointment would provide Sen. Clinton’s indefatigable husband with a fitting day job,

Did she really say stroke?

serve the interests of a state beset by a meltdown in its most vital economic sector

Is this person decribing Bill & Monica’s “meetings” or what? I do think Clinton missed Monica’s “vital economic sector” by a dress length.

and offer a refreshing reverse twist on a tradition whereby deceased male senators, representatives or governors are succeeded by their widows

Foreshadowing the past sure can be fun cant it!

Give him the job, he will have Flipper & Carpet Kitten cornered by the end of the month.

TheHat on November 26, 2008 at 11:13 AM

conservative_in_texas on November 26, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Well you’ll get half your wish soon. The last Kenedy brother has brain cancer.

kanda on November 26, 2008 at 11:15 AM

This wouldn’t be the first time. Andrew Johnson was impeached too, and he served in both the House and the Senate.

KillerKane on November 26, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Komrade Klinton is nothing but a slimy lecher. And that’s his strong suit.

Zorro on November 26, 2008 at 11:17 AM

I don’t think that Bill would even consider taking the Senate position. He a global bureaucrat now, the Senate would be a step down. On the other hand if Hillary does take SoState then Bill might have to domesticate his politics for four years. The Clintonistas are coming to Washington but I don’t think its out of a position of power, they don’t have a choice, they are the only Dems alive with experience to reelect a Democratic President, but they still need Obama to stay relevant. Besides if all we had to worry about was Clinton II I wouldn’t be worried, Obama’s got a hell of a lot more power than the Clintons right now, especially when you consider all the people that are backing him. If FDR, Wilson, and Bush I had a son, its name would be Obama. This is a marriage of the globalist socialists and the Bush I Rockefellers, Clintons have to work just to stay relevant.

LevStrauss on November 26, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Ed, what do you mean by “North Arkansas strikes again”?

If you’re referring to Hope, AR, it’s not in the north.

CP on November 26, 2008 at 11:07 AM

North Arkansas=New York, after Hillary’s election to the Senate.

Ed Morrissey on November 26, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Bill Cllinton in the Senate! So many interns, so little time! Obama might pull the offer of Sec. of State from Hillary if Bubba were going to the Senate. Talk about a security/scandal risk???

doufree on November 26, 2008 at 11:22 AM

right2bright on November 26, 2008 at 11:05 AM

At least Bill might have a political title as convoluted as his Arkansas family tree…. ;-P

LimeyGeek on November 26, 2008 at 11:22 AM

This country needs a permanent ruling class. It really does.

lorien1973 on November 26, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Lol. You’ve been on a hit streak since the election ended.

BadgerHawk on November 26, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Isn’t this all a tacit admission that Barack Obama has no real governing experience and therefore needs to leech off of an Administration that, for its many, many flaws, at least had SOME executive experience?

Yes, I think it is.

LULZ

Good Lt on November 26, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Wonder if Hillary was jealous that she couldn’t be there with Monica? No way should that idiot Bill be a Senator. He needs to fade away.

sheebe on November 26, 2008 at 11:27 AM

This country needs has a permanent ruling class. It really does.

lorien1973 on November 26, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Slight disagreement.

LevStrauss on November 26, 2008 at 11:28 AM

do you think with all the heart meds that bill is taking, that he is still chasing the interns? just asking.

kelley in virginia on November 26, 2008 at 11:29 AM

How can any analysis of a plan to send Bill Clinton to Congress fail to mention his impeachment and trial in 1998? Whether one believes the impeachment and trial to be appropriate — and the impeachment was an impressively bipartisan affair

Ed, I’m deeply disappointed that you make such a blatantly untrue statement. Such dishonesty will not help the fight against the Obama administration’s policy. Nor will win the Republican Party a single vote.

thuja on November 26, 2008 at 11:30 AM

I live in NY (Buffalo) and I can tell you its not Bill Clinton. Paterson has a problem upstate, and with the possibility of a tough run with Rudy and a tough primary he needs to get support both upstate and downstate.

I have heard from someone in Buffalo city hall that it is Byron Brown or a State Senator from NYC (my source is a high ranked elected official in Buffalo).

Read up on Byron Brown he is an absolutely awful mayor who believes in a welfare state wholeheartedly. Bill Clinton would honestly probably be better than anyone Paterson would pick, but it won’t be Bill Clinton.

I have followed NY politics for years now (I am a proud member of the Erie County Republican Committee) so I am not just some hack.

Canerican on November 26, 2008 at 11:30 AM

I find it sad that, for all the hyperventilating about being the ‘first black’ president, the historically representative candidate they field (and get elected) is such a pathetic excuse for an American. This is something ‘black people’ should be proud of?

I would have felt the same way regarding Hillary with respect to ‘women’ too…

LimeyGeek on November 26, 2008 at 11:31 AM

you there from buffalo: look on the bright side. if paterson’s choice isbyron brown, you’ll promote the jerk out of your community. but then..;

kelley in virginia on November 26, 2008 at 11:32 AM

North Arkansas=New York, after Hillary’s election to the Senate.

Ed Morrissey on November 26, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Ok, thought that might have been it. Just askin’. We were glad to get rid of her down here.

CP on November 26, 2008 at 11:33 AM

THE HEAD RETREAD, It’ll be just like old times, Happy Days Are Here Again.

http://www.conservativewomenunited.blogspot.com/2008/11/retreads.html

Done That on November 26, 2008 at 11:33 AM

In this no-win competition, Paterson has to balance claims of gender, race, ethnicity and geography.

Notice that “qualifications” are never mentioned? Typical liberal Democrats: the group you belong to is more important than you as an individual.

irishspy on November 26, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Snort. Just imagining Billy Jeff in the role of ‘junior senator’ to Chucky Schumer. Reid/Pelosi finally figured out a way to get rid of Hillary’s “star power” and now this.

Dee2008 on November 26, 2008 at 11:35 AM

The political RULING CLASS (Kennedy / Clinton) has a hereditary right to occupy any vacated government position–kind of like the DIVINE RIGHT OF KINGS gave the princes / barons / Junkers / lords absolute rights.
***
Why bother with elections by the peasants (us) or plebes? I thought “B.J.” Clinton would be much better in the Secretary of State position–he would bring a whole new meaning to the term INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS! He is also a skilled unprincipled liar who has no sense of shame when he gets caught–a perfect choice for foggy “bottom” work.
***
Then we can get the ultimate “two for the price of one” deal. Appoint both “B.J.” and Hillary to the Supreme Court–the final nails in our country’s coffin as we become the new U.S.S.A.

John Bibb

rocketman on November 26, 2008 at 11:37 AM

I’m curious to see what Chris Matthews will have to say…which is a rarity for me.

Jim-Rose on November 26, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Lol. You’ve been on a hit streak since the election ended.

BadgerHawk on November 26, 2008 at 11:25 AM

I rule at gallows humor!

lorien1973 on November 26, 2008 at 11:45 AM

In this no-win competition, Paterson has to balance claims of gender, race, ethnicity and geography.

There will be no peace until the Dems work out once and for all the rules of class warfare poker. Does race beat gender or not?

TexasDan on November 26, 2008 at 11:45 AM

So this is how the Republic ends huh?

angryed on November 26, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Welcome to the new Galactic Empire!!

Viper1 on November 26, 2008 at 11:52 AM

…the impeachment was an impressively bipartisan affair

Que? The vote in the House was 228-206 for the counts of perjury to a grand jury and obstructing justice in a civil suit. (House Resolution 611 of 1998). I’d hardly call that “bipartisan.”

irishspy on November 26, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Ed,

There is a historical precedent for this. Andrew Johnson was impeached by Congress and then elected to the Senate from Tennessee in 1874. Not that I think Clinton should be appointed; it’s just that it wouldn’t be the first time in American history an impeached President served in the Senate.

WV736 on November 26, 2008 at 11:53 AM

If Slick Willy gets appointed Senator, I’ll have a drink to that.

And several more drinks, until I can no longer think clearly enough to give a damn for the next few years. Na zdorovya!

Anna on November 26, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Appointing Slick Willy to fill his wife’s empty Senate seat would go far in building up the Democratic house of cards. The only thing better than having one Clinton attached to the Obama administration is having two Clintons! Twice the Clintons, twice the drama, twice the news stories focusing on them.

It’s hardly worth taking potshots at the Obama/Democrat complex when they are so intent at shooting themselves with Clintons.

Tantor on November 26, 2008 at 12:03 PM

What’s one more jackass in the pool gonna hurt? Don’t make me laugh so early on a vacation day!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

—iChef

ichef on November 26, 2008 at 12:10 PM

I am a proud member of the Erie County Republican Committee) so I am not just some hack.

Canerican on November 26, 2008 at 11:30 AM

That’s what a party hack is. ha ha Hey I was raised on Lovejoy near Bailey. You know where that is?

kanda on November 26, 2008 at 12:11 PM

So this is how the Republic ends huh?

angryed on November 26, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Why not just appoint Billy Jeff to the Supreme Court and get it over with……………..?

Seven Percent Solution on November 26, 2008 at 12:20 PM

I feel like an idiot. I was thinking that, if a vacancy opened up New yrok’s Senate seat, that there might be an election to see who filled it. Maybe it’s quaint but, given that the US is a republic, you’d think that the people might be allowed to pick their own representation for the Upper House of their Congress. Instead, it sounds more like the Canadian (my) Senate, to which members are appointed.

In any event, I doubt Pres. Clinton would go for the appointment…it would mean too much of a pay cut.

Blaise on November 26, 2008 at 12:25 PM

serve the interests of a state beset by a meltdown in its most vital economic sector

An OT aside: Given the importance of the finance sector in NY, isn’t the silence of Hillary Clinton on the credit meltdown rather peculiar? Though she serves on no related committees, doesn’t she usually have acidic sound bites to add to the mix?

onlineanalyst on November 26, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Are replacements of vacant seats determined by state electoral law, or is there a federal precedent in place that all states must follow?

onlineanalyst on November 26, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Who could question such a “dazzling choice”? The same people who just got done trying to shelve the Clintons for good in the primaries, that’s who. Millions of people made it clear that they didn’t want to include the Clintons as part of the party’s future

That is the best reason of all to appoint Bill. A real plus would be that Bill’s slimy money dealings with hinky folks from hostile countries will come under serious scrutiny.

Laura in Maryland on November 26, 2008 at 12:43 PM

For the right appointment for Mr. Clinton, please check out what Iowahawk has to say on the matter: http://iowahawk.typepad.com/

Buford Gooch on November 26, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Why not just appoint Billy Jeff to the Supreme Court and get it over with……………..?

Seven Percent Solution on November 26, 2008 at 12:20 PM

STOP IT! Just STOP IT! I don’t want to hear a bunch of dimwitted jokes about what is going on under that robe. It’ll just ruin my Thanksgiving dinner;)

Laura in Maryland on November 26, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Blaise on November 26, 2008 at 12:25 PM

No its different in the US. The Constitution sets a senate term at 6 years and 1/3 the senate is elected every 2 years. When a senate vacancy occurs, the elected represetative of the people of that state, namely the Governor, appoints an interim senator to complete that particular state senate term until the next federal senate election for that seat unless the state holds a special election sooner.

kanda on November 26, 2008 at 12:49 PM

For the right appointment for Mr. Clinton, please check out what Iowahawk has to say on the matter: http://iowahawk.typepad.com/

Buford Gooch on November 26, 2008 at 12:46 PM

That’s hilarious! Treacher linked to that yesterday.

nyrofan on November 26, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Governor Paterson’s biggest threat to election in his own right in 2010 is Andrew Cuomo running a primary against him. Appointing Cuomo to the Senate in exchange for publicly disavowing a run for Governor could get him out of the way. Can you trust Andy to keep to the agreement, I don’t know but if you can work it out, it would be a great move for Paterson.

Personally, I hope Rudy runs for Governor. If Cuomo is the Democratic candidate, Rudy can hang the Redlining lawsuits Cuomo brought in the Clinton administration around his neck as being responsible for forcing banks to make subprime mortgages that trashed the economy.

KW64 on November 26, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Ooooooo boy.

They’re never going away, are they?

I mean, NEVER.

drjohn on November 26, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Re: Canerican on November 26, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Its worth mentioning that Byron Brown served in the State Senate with Dave Paterson and they are apparently mutual supporters. That gives him another leg up in the appointment process. One fly in the ointment might be the difficulty of an upstate Democrat winning a Democratic primary dominated by New York City for reelection in 2010. Brown will have no trouble getting reelected Mayor, he could have trouble getting re-elected Senator.

KW64 on November 26, 2008 at 1:11 PM

I think this is a great idea. It would provide all sorts of interesting news over the next several years. Also, to the good, it would make the makeup of the senate a bit less liberal. Before anyone jumps on me too much for this post it is mostly a poor attempt at satire. It is also totally academic because it will never happen.

duff65 on November 26, 2008 at 1:22 PM

In a Congress that has everything the Slick and Deceitful would have their representation, too….? Hmmmm, I forgot, they already are very well represented…. Might be time to think of someone else….?

DL13 on November 26, 2008 at 1:26 PM

“North Arkansas Strikes again?”

Ummmm……..Hope, Arkansas is in southwest Arkansas.

Mandrake on November 26, 2008 at 1:35 PM

The first president to become a senator.
What do you call him. His official title is always President Clinton…President Senator Clinton.
Awesome, Chelsea needs to be an ambassador.

right2bright on November 26, 2008 at 11:05 AM

I’m thinking that John Quincy Adams went back to the legislature.
What branch anyone?

Badger40 on November 26, 2008 at 1:36 PM

RE: Badger40 on November 26, 2008 at 1:36 PM

He served in the house.

KW64 on November 26, 2008 at 1:57 PM

My oh my! LOLOLOLOLY O’Lolery. plus 1.

ronsfi on November 26, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Apparently, if you really want change, we need to go beyond appointing Hillary to run the State Department — we need to give Bill an official job as well.

I think Monica already gave him a “job.”

whitetop on November 26, 2008 at 2:03 PM

I think Monica already gave him a “job.”

whitetop on November 26, 2008 at 2:03 PM

DOH! As Homer would say.

Badger40 on November 26, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Well, if he doesn’t go with Billy, then you might want to get used to the sound of Senator Eliot Spitzer.

His wife lets him come home for some reason…

I R A Darth Aggie on November 26, 2008 at 2:30 PM

The media have apparently deluded themselves into thinking that we great unwashed are just dying for a return of that grubby thing known as the Clinton Administration. In 2000, I kinda felt a national sigh of relief that Bill was finally going. I guess we sighed too soon.

ddrintn on November 26, 2008 at 2:43 PM

J.Q. Adams served in the House after his presidency.

Johnson served as President, was impeached but not convicted, then served as senator. He died early in his senate term. I think he was also in the house of representatives before his presidency, but I’m not positive about that part.

So, Clinton wouldn’t be the first President to later serve as Senator, nor even the first impeached one to do so.

I’ll be really, really surprised if he does this. It might cut into his lucrative speaking/writing career. Though he may have to back off on that anyway if Hillary is S.O.S. Hmmm….

cs89 on November 26, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Find a real New Yorker for the Senate seat.

Fine….I`ll do it! :(

ThePrez on November 26, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Plugging the Iowahawk piece here.

chunderroad on November 26, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Well we are recycling urine. Why the hell not?

johnnyU on November 26, 2008 at 3:53 PM

I thought the idea was for Bill to be caretaker for 2 years so Patterson wouldn’t need to choose among the various egos who aspired to the Senate, but have the voters choose.

How many people that would be in the senate next year voted to convict (on at least one charge):

Abraham, Allard, Ashcroft, Bennett, Bond, Brownback, Bunning, Burns, Campbell, Cochran, Coverdell, Craig, Crapo, DeWine, Domenici, Enzi, Fitzgerald, Frist, Gorton, Gramm, Grams, Grassley, Gregg, Hagel, Hatch, Helms, Hutchinson, Hutchison, Inhofe, Kyl, Lott, Lugar, Mack, McCain, McConnell, Murkowski, Nickles, Roberts, Roth, Santorum, Sessions, Shelby, Smith (NH), Smith (OR), Stevens, Thomas, Thompson, Thurmond, Voinovich, Warner

I think that’s 20

DaveO on November 26, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Ed, what do you mean by “North Arkansas strikes again”?

If you’re referring to Hope, AR, it’s not in the north.

CP on November 26, 2008 at 11:07 AM

…and neither is Hot Springs, where Little Billy Bubba went to high school…

uncivilized on November 26, 2008 at 4:39 PM

I’ll be really, really surprised if he does this. It might cut into his lucrative speaking/writing career. Though he may have to back off on that anyway if Hillary is S.O.S. Hmmm….

cs89 on November 26, 2008 at 2:53 PM

And, anyway, with Hillary off on State Dept. trips to who knows where, it’s gonna be PARTY TIME in Chappaqua!!!

uncivilized on November 26, 2008 at 4:43 PM

That’s what a party hack is. ha ha Hey I was raised on Lovejoy near Bailey. You know where that is?

kanda on November 26, 2008 at 12:11 PM

You betcha alot of Dems in that area. I am actually in Getzville, home of country-club Republicans and limousine Liberals… I enjoy the company of neither. Here I am a Canadian, in NY,that votes like Southern Republican (Conservative through and through) how’s that for out of place?

Canerican on November 26, 2008 at 5:16 PM

Hence the appeal of Bill Clinton. Who in his party could question so historic and dazzling a choice? In a stroke, the appointment would provide Sen. Clinton’s indefatigable husband with a fitting day job, serve the interests of a state beset by a meltdown in its most vital economic sector…

Welcome to the surreal “logic” of the liberal mind. “Dazzling” Clinton will serve the interests of a state beset by a meltdown…authored in large part by Clinton. Bizarro world.

ddrintn on November 26, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Senator Slick Willie from the Great(?) State of New York…

(slaps forehead)

bryan2369 on November 26, 2008 at 7:23 PM

The Clintons are coming
The Clintons are coming

johnnyU on November 26, 2008 at 7:27 PM

To Quote John Mac . .er . . the “tennis dude” . . . YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!!!

rebuzz on November 26, 2008 at 7:49 PM

Why would Billie “cigar stuffer” Clinton take the pay cut??

Supposedly he’s making millions from his speeches and international consulting….

I don’t think that the senate is enough of a bully pulpit for him.

Maybe Scotus but I’m not sure about that either. Maybe he’ll take a job with the secret service strip searching the female visitors to the whitehouse.

bullseye on November 26, 2008 at 8:22 PM

Since when have Senate seats become hereditary? Besides the Kennedy’s?

GarandFan on November 26, 2008 at 9:49 PM

Well, there is precedent for the Democrats here… refer to “Alcee Hastings”

Texas Rainmaker on November 27, 2008 at 1:01 AM

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