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RiverStone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 01:39 PM
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If Hillary becomes Pres, what should Bill's role be?
Not only would he be the first "First Gentleman" but a former Pres to boot. Since he already knows his way around the White House, I can't imagine Bill simply being content with a "First" role.

Think of anything exciting Hillary could appoint him to? I'm not a big fan of Hillary, but I'm a huge fan of Bill. I imagine his role as a spouse to our President would be unprecedented in scope --- what ever he ended up doing.

Or in reality, would Bill be a co-President behind the scenes? It may be that quietly spoken assumption is what leads many folks to find Hillary an attractive option for President.



p.s. If Al Gore jumps in...Obama for Vice-President!
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MadBadger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 01:42 PM
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1. Exactly what Hillary says he should be
Roaming ambassador.
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T Wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 01:44 PM
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2. Given that I am not thrilled with their policies, the former-President could
be an important strategist for HOW to get things done.

Dealing with Congress, the bureaucracy of the executive branch, the media, and the myriad of forces attempting to influence policy would be more than a full-time job.

I think limiting him to one particular role (UN ambassador, etc.) would be wasting his talents.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 01:44 PM
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3. Fashion consultant? Thongs and blue dresses?
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CK_John Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 01:47 PM
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4. Gov Spitzer of NY should appoint him Senator from NY to fill out her term.
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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 01:49 PM
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6. BRILLIANT!!
What could possibly piss of the neanderthal republicans in the Senate then that? Bill roaming about and orating.
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 01:51 PM
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10. and pronouncing things correctly
They don't seem to like that very much.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 02:14 PM
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21. I have to agree with this.
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 01:48 PM
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5. Staying out of trouble first and foremost
And good luck with that.
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William769 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 01:54 PM
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14. Thats whay I love about him!
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 02:09 PM
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16. Well, William, looks like we agree on something
Edited on Wed Jun-13-07 02:09 PM by BeyondGeography
I retain an affection for the Horndog in Chief, as self-destructive as he is/was.
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William769 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 02:11 PM
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18. And it drives the right nuts, a plus!
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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 01:49 PM
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7. Director of Intern Development
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 01:50 PM
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8. LOL!!
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CTD Donating Member (732 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 01:51 PM
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9. Don't worry, she won't.
Polls be damned. She has absolutely no chance of becoming president.
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 01:53 PM
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12. SSSSSSSSShhhhhhh!!!
There is no Zuul...Only Hillary...
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RiverStone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 02:09 PM
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17. I do worry...a little.
Edited on Wed Jun-13-07 02:10 PM by RiverStone
Tho I hope your right on CTD!

The MSM is the corporate tail which wags the dog, and they have bought into Hillary all the way.

Having Bill back at least close to the driver's seat is the main consolation I'd take with an HRC victory (oh, and NOT having a rethug again of course!)

I think many people are voting for a Hillary/Bill combo. Therein lies my question.

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CTD Donating Member (732 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 02:18 PM
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22. Oh, I'm VERY worried that we'll be stupid enough to nominate her
I can see enough idealistic Dems voting for her in the primaries without bothering to notice her stands on key issues. And if she gets the nomination, she'll merely guarantee four more years of Republicans in the White House (although one could argue that even if she wins, we'd have four more years of Republicans in the White House). Hillary as the Dem nominee all but guarantees a Fred Thompson presidency.

And that's some scary shit.

She simply will not win in the general election. It's not that she's a woman, she is just too polarizing. We all have to collectively wake up and make sure she ends up nowhere near the ticket. This is where Gore entering the race can make a huge impact. When he enters (and I believe he will), all of the wind will exit Hillary's sails.
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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 01:53 PM
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11. You're Assuming Bill Would Want To Be Used
If Hillary is elected, there's another dynamic at work here. She'll be the first WOMAN President and surely will want to make her own mark her own way. Just as we saw junior avoid being George H. W. Bush II, I'm sure Hillary would not want to be considered an extension of her husband's term. Also, she will have different people in play that will also define how she governs. Lastly, the circumstances of her election and the status of Iraq and the rest of the country is far different than the scenario Bill faced. Thus some dreams of the return to the "salad days" of Clinton I should be avoided.

Also, why would Bill want to be saddled down? There's lots of perks to being an ex-President. He's got a pretty comfy gig right now as an elder statesman who, like Carter, can mend this country's international image...but not in an official capacity, but in his ex-president role. He'd be giving up a unique position if he were to become an official of Hillary's administration...as well as creating confusion as to whose really in charge. If Hillary wins, this is purely Hillary's shop...and Bill knows it.
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RiverStone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 02:03 PM
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15. Bill would be and already is being used...
Edited on Wed Jun-13-07 02:13 PM by RiverStone
He would be part of Hillary's admin de facto --- spouses of President's always have on some level (at least modern day President's).

I'm not sure Bill would have a choice either to totally exclude himself and remain just an ex-President, or totally include himself in HRC's show.

I do believe Hillary's biggest capital is Bill in the first place, though I know that view is not shared by everyone. He already is being "used" by her campaign. So my assumption is those that vote for Hillary see it as two Clinton's for the price of one. Many WOULD EXPECT Bill to have a big role in the game.

Again, that's just my assumption :)
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freesqueeze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 01:54 PM
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13. I think an economics related position would be best
The economy was such a across the board success during the Clinton term, he should be given a chance to restore fairness to policies of Mr. Bush.



Best President of my lifetime
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FuzzyDicePHL Donating Member (698 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 02:11 PM
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19. Supreme Court Justice
eom
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 02:14 PM
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20. tootsie. no..Onion... ummm Drum?
Parker House maybe. . ?

Aw, let him do what he wants. He's earned it.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 02:25 PM
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23. First Gentleman works for me. Oh, and if he wants, maybe UN Secretary General
when that post opens up, lol.

He is nothing if not a diplomat and strategist.
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RB TexLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 02:30 PM
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24. How about the role the constitution gives presidential spouses?
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lse7581011 Donating Member (948 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 02:31 PM
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25. I'm Hoping We Get 2 for 1! n/t
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-13-07 02:39 PM
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26. I just want both of them to
go. a. way. I want the Bushes and the Clintons to leave and to let the oxygen flow again so we can all cleanse our lungs. Enough already.
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