Could Bill replace Hill in the Senate?

Hillary hasn’t even won the Democratic nomination but already some are discussing who should take her place in the Senate. That’s just a smidgen premature, don’t you think? But that’s only half of the story. If Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in 2008, a few Democrats and pundits speculate that her on again/off again husband could be appointed to fulfill the rest of her term as Senator from New York. From The Examiner:

WASHINGTON – If Hillary Rodham Clinton wins the presidency, some top Democrats would like to see her husband, former President Bill Clinton, appointed to serve out Hillary’s unexpired Senate term.

“As a senator, he’d be a knockout,” said Harold Ickes, who was once a top White House aide to Bill Clinton and now gives behind-the-scenes advice to Hillary. “He knows issues, he loves public policy and he’s a good politician.”

Some Democrats and political analysts say Bill Clinton would thrive in the world’s greatest deliberative body, much like Lyndon Johnson did before he became president.

“President Clinton would excel in the Senate,” said Paul Begala, who helped Bill Clinton get elected and served in the White House as a top aide.

“Why not?” Begala added. “He excelled as attorney general and governor of Arkansas, he excelled as president and he’s been a model of the modern Senate spouse.”

Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, agreed.

“Clinton is a natural for the Senate,” Sabato said. “He loves to talk and schmooze. He could be a great vote-organizer. Majority Leader Clinton?”

Such a scenario is not beyond the realm of possibility now that the governor’s mansion in New York is occupied by a Democrat, Eliot Spitzer, who succeeded Republican Gov. George Pataki last month. If Hillary Clinton wins the White House, Spitzer would likely appoint a fellow Democrat to take over her Senate seat.

You’d think from the way Begala, Ickes, and Sabato are talking, Hillary’s ascension to the throne of the Democratic nomination is a certainty; the primary process just a formality now. The only uncertainty is who will take her place once she does win. We know how the Clinton political machine works. To ensure Hillary wins, eventually all other Democratic hopefuls are going to be told to take one for the party (i.e. the Clintons) and bow out so as to give Her Royal Highness the nomination.

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