Saturday, 29 November 2008

Senator Bill Clinton?

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.

[Source:The Washington Post via Ed Brayton at ScienceBlogs]

I find this idea intriguing. I was only 15 when Clinton left office so I don't really know how his term was viewed here in Britain but he seems like he was an excellent President and like he would be a great Senator. The main drawback that immediately springs to mind would be the danger that a return to politics could hinder Hilary's career by pulling the spotlight from her. It also would make it easier for misogynists (As in the majority men. Sorry if you don't like it, but to one degree or another it's true and a lot of those that aren't direct misogynists help extend gender inequality by refusing to recognise its extent.) to rationalise away her success as being a result of her husband.

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