for eight years, but it is Senator Hillary Clinton who is running for POTUS. She is running as herself and running on her record of service, which includes eight years as a Senator from New York and eight years as First Lady of the United States. She is not running as half of a two-headed husband-and-wife President. Why is it that so many of those who oppose her seem bent on pretending she is? So many articles decrying her candidacy refer to the prospect of a presidency called "the Clintons" as opposed to what a win for HRC would be: Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 44th President of the United States (and the first woman). A couple of examples:
Maureen Dowd yesterday exhorted Obama to stiffen up the sinews, summon up the blood and start acting tough. She finished the piece by saying, "If he thinks Hillary has cut him down to size lately, he’d better imagine what his life would be like as the Clintons’ vice president."
For another recent example, Andrew Sullivan writes a column for the Times of London comparing "the Clintons" to the monsters in a horror movie who just. won't die. He talks about how he likes much of what Bill Clinton accomplished as POTUS (all the things I fault him for, unsurprisingly. Sullivan, as a neo-Con is very happy that Clinton moved the Democratic party to the right. As an unreconstructed liberal, I see that as his great failing) but still anticipates horror if "the Clintons" become President in this year's election. He says, "The further away you are from them, the easier it is to think they’re fine. Up close they are an intolerable, endless, soul-sapping soap opera." Which, actually, is my opinion of Andrew Sullivan. But, you know, that his writing juxtaposed with his personal life show huge hypocrisy really doesn't reflect on his ability to write. And the soap opera of "the Clintons" doesn't really indicate anything about Hillary Rodham Clinton's capability to be President of the United States. I assume that she will listen to her husband's advice and do what she thinks is best. And I believe that's what happened, mutatis mutandum, when Bill Clinton was President, too.