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CHELSEA CLINTON WON’T RULE OUT PUBLIC OFFICE BUT VOTERS MIGHT
August 16 2012
Washington, D.C. – In many ways the people of the United States feel a kind of connection to Chelsea Clinton. She was, after all, a kid when she went to live in the White House and many people felt a kind of parentage, peerage, or even crush on the young girl. She was the nation’s first daughter.
Despite that, Clinton has stayed very much out of the public eye since becoming an adult. While some things, such as her marriage, inevitably leak into the public, she has not sought high profile positions like her parents have done. Clinton has not, certainly, traded on her name in order to become famous but all that might change in the future.
The younger Clinton is apparently considering a run at public office, perhaps not immediately, but sometime in the future. Clinton, who recently started appearing as a correspondent with NBC and works with her father in his foundation, is starting to finally become interested in politics which is just fine and nice for her though she will need voters to be interested in her running for office because you don’t just get those jobs based on your last name, generally.
“As she’s been exposed to the foundation and to what her father’s doing with his post-presidential life,” said her mother’s deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin. “I think a light switched on: This is the legacy I’m going to inherit. To say it is an incredible one is an understatement. She now knows that in 20, 30 years, everything about her
father’s legacy is in her hands. It’s going to be Chelsea’s responsibility to carry that torch. This is the core of what her grandmother encouraged her to do: embrace her inheritance.”
Clinton herself has not said such things publicly even though saying things publicly will be part of the job if she wants to run for office.
It’s not clear if Clinton has any ideas for changing the nation or if she just wants to win office.
“Political legacy is certainly a powerful thing, so powerful that it can in certain cases allow people to win high office, but it is not a guarantee. Clinton has a strong legacy to live up to with her father and mother who weren’t jus elected but who have done mostly good jobs in their positions and one has to wonder if she has that in her,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “I mean she would certainly have more ideas in her head than, say, Jenna Bush but that’s kind of legacy as well I suppose. It’s nice that she is interested in this but the real issue is whether or not she can get voters as interested as she is.”
Clinton has also worked as a consultant which isn’t really a real job at all.
“It’s good that she is there working for her father and getting real life experience but she does need to get some political experience and generally people who do well in politics have started way before her in terms of age. Some don’t, like say Mitt Romney, but they are usually doing other things and not working for their parents,” continued Kinsey. “It’s a matter of whether or not she can sell herself to the public and considering that she doesn’t really ever speak to anyone that is going to be tough I would imagine. She will need to talk to all kinds of people if she wants public office, even strangers, and that will be hard for Clinton.”
It’s not clear if Clinton will seek her parent’s help in running for office but she would be stupid not to take it.
It’s not clear if she’s stupid.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent