[First, let me say I share in the grief, sorrow and other emotions of the Clinton supporters. All I can say to my fellow Clinton supporters is that I find it useful to take a step back from my immediate reactions and allow the emotional pain to subside. It does eventually subside, believe it or not.]
Now to the future and a proposal: First, I assume that Hillary Clinton is smart enough to keep together her network of supporters and supporting blogs. She’s got the best blogger in the business, Peter Daou, running the show. With Peter has the head of her online organization she’s got a powerful structure already built and ready for use.
She’s absolutely correct that 18 million citizens couldn’t be wrong. She has a powerful force to support the issues that are most important to her. Imagine the power of 18 million voters, with some very powerful activists giving them a voice, on any given issue.
For one possible future course of action I heard a fascinating comment from a CBS radio political commentator yesterday that got my attention. I’ve thought of little else since hearing him. (Sorry I didn’t catch his name.) He suggested that one of her available courses of action would be to return to the Senate, with her worldwide profile intact, with her 18 million voters behind her and be elected Senate Majority Leader at the beginning of the next cycle.
I thought that was a brilliant concept. The Senate Majority Leader carries an enormous amount of power and influence properly used. It would be a great role for someone with her breadth and width of experience. Backed by the knowledge she can activate her network with the push of a button, she could become the strongest Democrat on The Hill. Like the Speaker of The House, the Leader determines, largely, the legislation that will be heard and that which will not be heard. Now that’s power!
I do not want her to be Vice President. This is a personal and political judgment based on how her intelligence and power can best be used to repair the worldwide damage caused by the Bush Administration. As a leader in the Senator or The Majority Senate Leader, she would have a voice that would not be dictated by The Obama Administration policy and/or talking points. That’s gives her more freedom of action.
[If there’s ever been a woman that doesn’t need to be given daily talking points it’s Hillary Clinton. ]
We need her brilliance and ability to create effective action on so many possible issues that can’t even be counted. Choosing which issues to work on first will be one of her major challenges. As Pamela said in another post, “I will have her back.” Me too.