Senator Clinton clearly has plans to run for President, as do most Senators, but NY governor first

Paul GoldmanBy Paul Goldman

Goldman, the Rebel With A Cause, was chief political strategist for the past two winning Democratic governors in Virginia and was credited with leading a "revolution in American politics" by The New York Times for his role in breaking America's 300-year-old color barrier in national politics. He alone will be responsible for his column, ideas, and opinions.

           So: The Senate has never proved the best place to run for President, only two
Senators having been elected President in the last century, JFK and Warren Harding,
both who died in office during their first term.

           In 2006, Senator Clinton's term is up and so is the term of Governor George Pataki, the Republican who just won his third-term.

           The bet here: Pataki will not run for a fourth term. This means the seat will be open. I bet Mrs. Clinton will cut a deal with Democratic Attorney General Spitzer and let him run for the Senate [his first choice] and let her run for Governor. This aces out the other NY Senator, Chuck Schumer, who also wants to run for President.

           Of all the major states in the Union, none now has a female Governor: California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, PENN, Ohio. Michigan has a female Governor but she was born in Canada and thus cannot run for national office.

           By running for Governor in 2006 - and assuming she wins - Hillary Clinton will then become the most experienced and qualified female politician ever, the first to serve both in the Senate and the Governorship.

           She would be a very logical VP candidate in 2008 if she doesn't run for the
top spot.

           Governor Clinton is what she is aiming at in my estimation.

           Don't be surprised if she runs for Governor in 2006...and then national office in 2008.

(c) Copyright. All rights reserved. Paul Goldman. 2002