Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Analysis: Do you think Senator Clinton is starting to explore a presidential run now because of the increasing celebrity of Senator Obama?

Discuss the timing. Is this part of her overall plan, or is she reacting to the other current political realities so they don't pass her by?

4 comments:

Megan B said...

I personally think that Senator Clinton is currently starting to explore a presidential run, in part because that was part of her plan and in part because she wants to keep her name and face in the media, to not be overtaken in “celebrity” status. I think that Senator Clinton is trying to keep the excitement and buzz about having “great newcomer” who could also receive the democratic nomination to a minimum. From my summer reading of David Gergen’s account of William Clinton’s presidency, in the “Eyewitness to Power” book, I found it evident that she is a person that likes to have some control of most situations, and has probably been plotting a presidential run for quite some time. She has planned to try to stimulate debate about the ’08 elections, and the party nomination, since she was elected Senator. Her plan to make her ’08 intentions known, probably depended upon the last midterm congressional elections. After her tremendously successful showing in the midterms, along with the democratic take over of both the house and the Senate, Senator Clinton has seen a glimmer of hope for a democratic president subsequent to the ’08 elections. Senator Clinton beat her nearest opponent by a landslide, 67% to a meager 31%. Senator Clinton may have thought that this large margin of victory, would guarantee her the political spotlight for a while and help her become the democratic front runner for ’08. But with the emergence of Senator Obama, as a possible candidate, and his popularity as an up and coming democratic politician, Clinton’s original plan may have been scrapped. Senator Clinton caught a glimpse of an opportunity to seize media attention, by more or less announcing her entry into the ’08 race, by making it known that she was taking all the right legal steps and putting a lot of consideration into her decision.

KimK said...

I agree with Megan--Senator Clinton has been thinking about a presidential run for quite some time, but is now showing it more intensely because of the increasing popularity of Senator Obama. Now is a good time for her to start trying to get as much media attention as possible to attract attention to herself. With the midterm elections over and the nation seemingly favoring the Democrats, Clinton is undoubtedly pleased with the outcome. However, it will be interesting to see who actually gets the party nomination in the end.

tonileep said...

I agree with both Megan and Kim that Senator Clinton is starting to explore a presidential run. I believe it is partly due to the increase of the celebrity of Senator Obama but I think she has always considered running. Now, she just wants to maintain her image in the media and with the Democrats sweeping the midterm elections she must be very pleased with the way things for her party are going.

MikeM said...

I don’t think the increasing celebrity of Senator Obama played a role in Hilary’s decision to explore a presidential run in 2008. I think that this was her plan all along, let all the hype die off from the previous election and then step forward and get ready to make a run for the White House in 08.