posted at 11:01 am on November 15, 2012 by Allahpundit
Nor was Broadwell without a larger plan. After running with Lance Armstrong in July, she volunteered her secret purpose to at least six new acquaintances at the Aspen conference. That evening, over drinks, she told a small group that she had been arguing with her mentor about the direction of her career. Republican moneymen, she said, had approached her about a Senate run in North Carolina. She was tempted. Petraeus, she said in an irritated tone, rejected the idea out of hand. What was her position, he asked, on abortion? Climate change? Gun control? Gay marriage? Tax cuts? Social Security vouchers? Her answers, he told her, would not fit either party, and she should not sell herself out.
That seems a lot crazier now than it really is. Superficially she would have made an appealing candidate: Military vet, West Point grad, postgraduate degree from Harvard, published author, mom. She hadn’t held political office before, which would have made the Senate a longer shot than a run for the House, but then neither had John Edwards when he was elected to the Senate from North Carolina. I’d be curious to know who those Republican moneymen were and how she ended up on their radar. Evidently it wasn’t Petraeus who put her there, although maybe the simple fact of her association with him did.
Speaking of published author, if you’ve been wondering why Petraeus’s biographer needed a co-author to tell his story, this brutal Boston Globe piece might help explain.