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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 01:40 AM

Clinton Should Run For Cotton’s Senate Seat

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By BILL SCHER
December 03, 2017

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With rumors swirling that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton will soon head for the CIA, another Senate race may be added to the 2018 list. The safe money is for an open seat in Arkansas to stay in Republican hands. But who thought Alabama would host a competitive Senate race? If Democrats can find a credible candidate, and unruly Republican voters again fail to take their nomination process seriously, anything could happen.

However, to call the Arkansas Democratic Party a shell would be an insult to turtles. There are no Democratic officials holding statewide office, nor any in the U.S. House delegation. Out of the 135 members of the Arkansas state legislature, only 33—less than 25 percent—are Democrats. Not a single Democrat has yet stepped up to run for governor next year. The only Democratic Senate prospect that Arkansas Times columnist Jay Barth could come up with isn’t even a Democrat, but former Republican state House Speaker Davy Carter, who has been critical of President Donald Trump and could run as “an Independent with Democratic backing.”

If Arkansas Democrats want to field a serious Democrat, there’s only one name to consider. I’m talking, of course, about Clinton.

Of course, Hillary Clinton would have to overcome a lot of impediments to become only the third person in history to have represented more than one state in the Senate. She lost Arkansas to Trump by 27 points, and didn’t even bother to campaign there. She’s not a native Arkansan and was always a polarizing figure during her stint as the state’s first lady. She didn’t come back there to live after serving in the White House, nor does she visit often. A sudden return to the state would likely dredge up bad memories of the Whitewater investigation, in which she was never charged with a crime but many of her Arkansas associates were convicted. As Bloomberg columnist Leonid Bershidsky summed up after visiting the state during the 2016 campaign, “Arkansas is pleased to forget Hillary Clinton.”

Moreover, a Hillary for Senate campaign would anger Berniecrats who view her as representative of a corporatist wing of the party, threatening national party unity when Democrats will be trying to boost base turnout for all of the 2018 midterm elections.

But what about Bill?

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But Bill is suffering a post-Weinstein Effect reassessment of his sexual misconduct, proven and alleged. Two of his accusers, Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick, still live in Arkansas and would likely hover over the race as they did when they crashed the 2016 town hall presidential debate. Plus, Broaddrick is publishing a book in January titled, “You'd Better Put Some Ice On That: How I Survived Being Raped by Bill Clinton.” Let’s just say, the timing isn’t right.

That leaves us with one Clinton: Chelsea.

She has the Clinton name but little of the Clinton baggage. She wouldn’t hurt for name recognition or campaign cash. She’s vice chair of the controversy magnet known as the Clinton Foundation, but emails released during the presidential campaign by WikiLeaks and the State Department show Chelsea getting caught doing good, seeking to root out corruption by foundation officials and warning of problems with Haiti earthquake relief.

She is an Arkansas native, even though she hasn’t lived there since she was 12. Sure, she lives in Manhattan now and lacks a Southern accent. But her mom bought her first house in New York two months before she launched her Senate bid, proving ZIP code ain’t nothing but a number. Carpetbagger charges are inevitable. But in the end, what matters is your knowledge and respect of the state and its voters. Chelsea shows no hint of cultural condescension toward her birthplace. For example, as an NBC reporter, she spotlighted efforts to preserve the folk music traditions of the city of Mountain View in the Ozarks.

We all know she’s gearing up to run for something someday. She’s sharpened her political presence on Twitter. She’s released two books this year, the popular children’s history book “She Persisted” and the less noticed but weightier “Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?” in which she and a global public health professor explore how effective international organizations have been at combating infectious diseases.

Although Chelsea typically bats away questions about launching a campaign, in a March interview with Variety she caveated, “If someone steps down or something changes, I’ll then ask and answer those questions at that time.” Clearly, she’s waiting for someone to step down.

Earlier reporting suggests that someone is Rep. Nita Lowey, who represents the suburban Westchester County district of New York state where Bill and Hillary live. The 80-year-old Lowey has indicated she plans to run for a 16th term next year. But the seat will eventually have to open up, and maybe Chelsea will have the inside track to succeed her. Still, one can’t assume she’d be a lock, and a defeat in her backyard could kill her political career before it had a chance to take off.

Plenty of people, on the left and the right, would like to see just that. The Observer’s Michael Sainato warned Democrats of embracing Chelsea: “Instead of moving on—and being better off for it—another Clinton in public office would broaden the party’s disconnect with working and middle class voters. ... The only good to come out of this would be for Chelsea Clinton to lose a congressional race, thereby re-teaching a lesson the Democratic establishment has continuously failed to learn.”

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 03:32 AM

Ha ha, I read this last night and thought about posting it.

Gave me some good laughs. It HAS to be bordering on satire. I mean, REALLY?! :thud:
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 05:10 AM

You really gotta wonder if those guys are self servicing as they write these masturbatory pieces. I mean come the hell on.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 12:15 PM

Clinton running for the Senate in a state the writer demeans the republican voters of Tennessee by stating this; "If Democrats can find a credible candidate, and unruly Republican voters again fail to take their nomination process seriously, anything could happen."

I would love to see her run again. It would be another big Clinton bashing time and it would be brutal. She would lose as even the Democrats are tired of the Clintons.

This post has been edited by intotheblackhole: 05 December 2017 - 12:17 PM

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 04:10 PM

If the rumors are true that Hillary didn't abort Chelsea because having a baby would be good for her career, (I don't know if it's true but I wouldn't put it past her) then it's way past time for her "sacrifice" to pay off. Let's face it, Chelsea's not getting any younger or smarter. Time for her to pull her own weight.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 05:16 PM

I've got nothing against Chelsea. Well OK, I mean nothing beyond the usual level of ignorance, stupidity and naďveté of all leftists. To the best of my knowledge, unlike her parents she's never committed any serious crimes.

So let her run. She'll lose anyway.

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