Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: Secretary Clinton says (as she has before) that she does not want to be President. I’m writing my daily letter to the White House (as I have before) saying, really?
Dear Mr. President,
For the record, I don’t buy it. At least I’m doubtful. Okay, I guess I really just don’t know. But when I hear Secretary of State Hillary Clinton say, as she did again this weekend, that she has no interest in running for President again, I can’t help but feel a little twitchy.
If there is any consolation for voters tired of being deceived by politicians it may be that at least you all do it to each other, too. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard some politician, when asked about seeking a new or higher office, give a rendition of General Sherman’s famous “If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.”
The biggest difference is that Sherman meant it, and what many modern pols really mean is “I am not running. At this moment. Probably not before nightfall. I’m testing the waters. Looking for interest. Studying the polls. And if I decide to run later, like say, by 8 a.m. tomorrow, you can’t hold me accountable for saying otherwise.”
Not to make you uneasy, but I could easily see the kind of perfect political storm that would drive a Draft Hillary movement. First, the economy remains weak. Second, as a result, your approval numbers remain low; maybe low enough that you appear headed for a re-election loss. And third, member of your party who haven’t exactly fallen in love with your policies…liberals, many of the Congressional powers, and moderates… decide to join forces to prevent what they fear will an embarrassing defeat, and Bob’s-Your-Uncle, Hillary becomes the candidate.
For the moment, of course, there is nothing you can or should do. You have to take it on face value that she means what she says. But Washington is a city driven by real ambition and false modesty. And it’s worth remembering that sometimes the surest sign that a politician is going to run for office, are the repeated assurances that he or she won’t.
Had a great weekend. Went up to New Jersey for my brother-in-law’s 50th birthday. They had a cake the size of an oil barrel. It was ridiculous and a lot of fun. Did you get out to enjoy the weather at all? I fear the cold is coming, but for now DC is so very nice.
If you have some minutes, give me a call and I’ll come over for a walk.
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