"The consciousness of good intentions disdains ambiguity. I shall not, however, multiply professions on this head. My motives must remain in the depository of my own breast. My arguments will be open to all, and may be judged of by all. They shall at least be offered in a spirit which will not disgrace the cause of truth."
-'Publius' The Federalist No. 1
It is somewhat nauseating to speculate on the '08 election since we just elected President Bush to his second term, but sometimes it is irresistible. This story has repercussions that will be felt in 2008 no matter how 2006 turns out....
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has not announced she will be running for the presidency in 2008; however, most everyone that follows politics and knows the slightest about her personally knows she will be running for president. It is with such that the announcement of popular Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, that she will be vying for the Republican senatorial ticket comes as welcome news for most (Republican) New Yorkers. Undoubtedly, this will be an interesting race to watch unfold if the two women are paired against one another, for as we all know Senator Hillary Clinton has become very well-known as a master of politics in her own right. What will make this worthy of interest is that she will not be able to persuade voters with her invocation of sympathy as she is quite fond of doing. She will not be able to pull some of the same 'feminist' shenanigans on Pirro as she did with Republican candidate Rick Lazio in 2000.
Worthy of notation as this story unfolds is the recent polling data streaming out of New York. Most of her constituency, and many Democrats are seeking her commitment to fulfill her full duties through 6 years before they wish to commit to vote for her in 2006. Should this not be construed as a mere facade since everyone is quite familiar with the 'commitment' from a Clinton?
Though, all in all, whether Pirro wins or loses, it is of no substantial consequence. It would be extremely beneficial for the Republicans to pick-up an additional Senate chair, but the stylistic nature of Pirro indicates that she will give Mrs. Clinton all that she can handle in this campaign. It has been rumored that Republican Party Chairman Ken Melhman himself has expressed a desire for Pirro to run for this senate seat just so it might cripple Senator Clinton's 2008 presidential bid.