Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?!!

Just sayin'....If Hillary becomes Secretary of State, her Senate Seat opens up.....

Wouldn't it be great if Chelsea took her seat in the Senate?

Since Joe Biden's son, Beau, might take his Senate seat and since so many of the Kennedy's have joined congress - it makes perfect sense that Chelsea could be the next Senator from New York!!

Of course, Bill Clinton could also become a Senator!!!

Tags: chelse clinton, Hillary Clinton, secretary of state, Senate (all tags)

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64 Comments

Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

Gotcha to look at these headlines, right?

Okay have fun.....

by nikkid 2008-11-20 06:40PM | 0 recs
re:

Um ... maybe I'm missing something, but I could've sworn Chelsea was only a couple years older than me, putting her around 28 or 29.  

Anyhow, I think it goes to Nydia Velazquez.

by toonsterwu 2008-11-20 06:42PM | 0 recs
Re: re:

Well it is the "Year of the Youth"!!!

by nikkid 2008-11-20 06:50PM | 0 recs
Re: re:

I think the constitution says that a senator has to be of a certain age...

by micha1976 2008-11-21 08:26AM | 0 recs
Re: re:

I think Nita Lowey gets it before Nydia does.

by Jess81 2008-11-21 01:13AM | 0 recs
Re: re:

I doubt it. Velazquez is a latina and condiered an up an coming politician. Lowey's old news. Plus, this might soften the blow to the latino community if they feel slighted by Richardson not getting Sec of state.

by Mayor McCheese 2008-11-21 04:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton

Too young. She needs to be 30. Either way, I won't approve. Maybe she could take over the Clinton Foundation from her father.

by RJEvans 2008-11-20 06:49PM | 0 recs
that is actually

not a bad thought. But she is young and inexperienced. She should get some kind of leadership position, so she can burnish her leadership/managing skills. I want her to run for office, and to have kids who will be Presidents some day. She is great.

by Lakrosse 2008-11-20 06:55PM | 0 recs
Re: that is actually

Yes, lets fill the world with little Clintons

You sound insane Lakrosse! Really: "I want her to have kids who will be Presidents some day."

How about you have kids who will be president?

Oh wait.. on second thought....

by obama4presidente 2008-11-20 07:28PM | 0 recs
Re: that is actually

if little Clintons can hold of little Republicans and Bushes, so be it.

by Lakrosse 2008-11-20 08:57PM | 0 recs
Re: that is actually

Of course what you don't get is that supporting one dynasty is the best way to ensure the continuation of all dynasties. And the best way to prevent dynasties is to discourage them everywhere.

What if those little Clintons end up christianist Republicans, btw? What if those little Clintons ended up being assholes or morons?

Would you still want them to become presidents? I want to know how far your dynastic loyalties extend.

And the sad, bitterly amusing thing is that the Clintonistas were accusing Obama supporters of worshipping him. Anyone with half a brain could see that it was the other way around.

by Aris Katsaris2 2008-11-20 09:18PM | 0 recs
why would they ever

become "christianist Republicans?" The Kennedy family went on in politics, and are all out and out liberals. Why would the Clinton's betray their philosophy?

by Lakrosse 2008-11-20 09:45PM | 0 recs
Re: why would they ever

"The Kennedy family went on in politics, and are all out and out liberals."

The Kennedy family was a single generation of brothers.

If we check out the children of politicians, you see things like the children and/or grandchildren of Reagan, Goldwater, Eisenhower endorsing Obama.

"Why would the Clintons betray their philosophy?"

The "Clintons" wouldn't betray it, I'm talking about their descendants. And since Chelsea may marry a Republican for all we know, why would their grandchildren feel obliged to follow the Clinton legacy?

by Aris Katsaris2 2008-11-20 10:57PM | 0 recs
Re: why would they ever

This is patently false. The children of the Teddy, Bobby, Jack generation are politicians. Ted's son is a congressman. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was Lt. Gov. of MD. Many are suggesting Caroline for important gov't positions, and JFK Jr. was often mentioned in political circles as a future politician. RFK jr. has been mentioned as a replacement for Hillary.

And given that, you're whole "future Clintons might be Republicans" idea is kinda BS too, since you're justifying that by relying on your inaccurate history of the Kennedy family's political positions.

by theshornwonder 2008-11-21 12:00AM | 0 recs
Re: why would they ever

Damn.

Alright!  Clintons get to rule everything.  They can found a monarchy!

Happy?

by Jess81 2008-11-21 01:15AM | 0 recs
Re: why would they ever

I call dibs on being the court food taster.

by ProgressiveDL 2008-11-21 03:05AM | 0 recs
Re: why would they ever

"The Kennedy family was a single genreation of brothers"?

Not quite. Their grandfather, Honey Fitz, was a legendary Mayor of Boston. Joe Kennedy III was a member of Congress. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was LT governor of Maryland. Patrick Kennedy is an incumbent Congressman today.

by Mayor McCheese 2008-11-21 04:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton

why wouldn't you "approve"? Do you approve of Beau Biden taking Joe's seat? Ted Kennedy taking JFK's?

by theshornwonder 2008-11-20 11:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton

I wouldn't approve of ignoring the law for the benefit of one particular family, no matter who they are.

Chelsea Clinton is Constitutionally barred from being a U.S. Senator until at least February 27, 2010.

by Obamaphile 2008-11-21 06:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton

I don't approve of family members, regardless of name, star power or political identity, taking over for vacant seats. It is simply something I don't support.

by RJEvans 2008-11-21 12:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's

No, there are too many inter-generational ruling families as it is.  Also, I believe I read elsewhere that Beau Biden won't succeed his father.

by rfahey22 2008-11-20 06:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

Chelsea is not eligible to serve in the Senate until Feb 27, 2010.  It takes about two seconds--the amount of time necessary to google "Chelsea Clinton" and read her birthdate off of the top response--to figure that out.

by Jay R 2008-11-20 07:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

Not to take over now, but she will be old enough in 2012 when the seat comes up for election.  But she isn't going to run for it and she wouldn't win anyway.

by ProgressiveDL 2008-11-21 03:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

I don't understand why anyone would be into this... I mean is this a democracy (albeit republican) or a monarchy?

by obama4presidente 2008-11-20 07:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

Oh C'mon in 20 years, you'll want Malia Obama to run for President!!!

by nikkid 2008-11-20 07:42PM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

No way Jose..I am not into the idea that children of politicians deserve to "inherit" their parents position....

There may be rare exceptions (John Adams and John Quincy) but come on....

I mean do you want George Patrick Bush running against Chelsea for the presidency? Thats some sick shit bro.

by obama4presidente 2008-11-20 07:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

When she'll be 30 and  still to young to be President?

by Mikey 2008-11-21 04:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

Yes its a democracy, but that doesn't necessarily mean having the child of a politician follow in their footsteps and take their place is bad.

I for one, wish RFK and Teddy had actually done so and become presidents after JFK.

I'm not saying Chelsea SHOULD and she clearly is ineligible at this point, but your hostility to the idea belies a hostility to Clintons only, unless you agree that RFK and Teddy should have refrained from trying to follow JFK. Or that that Jack Carter should've been defeated in the 2006 NV senate election. Or that Mary Landrieu should've been defeated for senator from LA since her brother and father were LA politicians.

Seriously, don't get all high and mighty about democracy and monarchy when it comes to Clintons unless you're willing to attack every politician whose previous family members were politicians.

by theshornwonder 2008-11-21 12:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

But nobody's attacking anyone.

I think the issue is that we don't see why it would be so great absent any idea of what we'd be getting, other than a last name.

It's more of a collective shoulder shrug.

by Jess81 2008-11-21 01:17AM | 0 recs
If Chelsea wants to be in politics...

...she needs to do something to demonstrate a commitment to public service beyond promoting her family's franchise and attending society fundraisers.  Working for hedge funds and campaigning for her mother is not an acceptable path to high office.  I don't fault her for choosing another life.  I fault anyone who indulges in these fantasies.  I want my government to be peopled by capable individuals with relevant expertise and training, as well as a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a life of service.  Chelsea Clinton has chosen otherwise.  Her prerogative.  There are countless other NYers of both sexes who would be far superior choices.  Perhaps Chelsea could host a fundraiser for one of them.

by Strummerson 2008-11-20 07:47PM | 0 recs
Re: If Chelsea wants to be in politics...

Did Al Franken display a commitment to public service before running for senate in MN? How about Bill Bradley in NJ?

There are countless examples of people running for office before serving in other public service positions.

Chelsea is clearly ineligible for Hillary's seat due to age. But pretending she shouldn't get it because she's not displayed a sufficient "committment to public service" first seems silly unless you agree all those other similarly newbie pols are undeserving as well.

by theshornwonder 2008-11-21 12:09AM | 0 recs
Re: If Chelsea wants to be in politics...

I've never been a huge Bradley fan and know little about what he did between being a Knickerbocker workhorse on the court and becoming senator.  As for Franken, I do not discount that there may be valid non-traditional paths to office.  The man has been pivoting from politically oriented entertainer to entertaining political activist over a period of not less than a decade.  That means he's been regularly and publicly engaged in questions of policy and process for a while.  Not a textbook path, but he has demonstrated commitment, engagement, and knowledge.  

In many senses, I wish Chelsea had inherited her parents' orientation to public engagement and service.  She may yet do so.  If not, that's her prerogative.  In the mean time, she seems more interested in the opportunities for wealth and social privilege their achievements have afforded her.

by Strummerson 2008-11-21 03:40AM | 0 recs
Re: If Chelsea wants to be in politics...

Right. Chelsea's clearyl wrong at this time on the age issue and she may never be right. There are better qualified people in NY. It's not like we have a shortgage of good people who can step in there. That said, I don't get this "Committment to public service" argument. We've got plenty of people in Congress from both parties who didn't have that.

by Mayor McCheese 2008-11-21 08:36AM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

I mean this kind of family inheritance of power is the kind of thing you see in Latin American banana countries.. they basically pass power down through  families for generations and pretend its a democracy. We do not need this in the US!!!!!!!!

by obama4presidente 2008-11-20 07:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

Wow, this is seriously fucked up.  I'm not really excited about Beau Biden for the DE senate seat, but at least he's got some experience at the AG of DE.  Chelsea's resume is pretty thin beyond her campaigning and the cushy job she got at a hedge fund.

It's one thing to appreciate a politician.  It's another thing entirely to worship their name.  If someone suggested that Barbara or Jenna Bush would be ready for Senate seat in 4 or 5 years, they should be similarly ridiculed.

by the mystical vortexes of sedona 2008-11-20 07:52PM | 0 recs
Worship like this???

I want her to run for office, and to have kids who will be Presidents some day. She is great.

by obama4presidente 2008-11-20 08:00PM | 0 recs
Maybe she can marry a Bush

and have super-hybrid presidential dynasty babies.  Cross them with a Kennedy or two in the F2 generation, the last surviving Tudor in the F3, maybe a Bayh or Rockefeller or in the F4.  We could call it Super-Democracy.

by Dumbo 2008-11-20 08:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Maybe she can marry a Bush

Jeb is the scion of House Bush now, right?  I think a dynastic marriage between Chelsea and Jeb would end the War of the American Succession.

Seriously, folks, what the hell is wrong with you?!  Do you like dynasties?

by username 2008-11-21 03:53AM | 0 recs
The Constitution says no..

Um...she's not 30.  You have to be 30 years old.

Are you for an American Royalty?  Didn't we leave England over this?

by IowaMike 2008-11-20 08:06PM | 0 recs
Re: The Constitution says no..

Clinton Dynasty Syndrome?

by Shaun Appleby 2008-11-20 08:19PM | 0 recs
Re: The Constitution says no..

I hope she runs for the House. there, the minimum age is 25. She'd be a good representative. There are many parts of Manhattan which would vote for her. In the 14th Congressional District of NY, where I live, Carolyn Maloney is 60. She could retire or not run again in 2010, and we could have Representative Chelsea Clinton. A good ally to have in Congress with President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

There is nothing wrong with political families. Its not like the Presidency is innately hereditary. If a plurality of the people or majority vote for it, it is democratic.

by Lakrosse 2008-11-20 08:56PM | 0 recs
There is everything wrong with them

It's not a positive aspect of our politics that name recognition is half the battle.

by JJE 2008-11-20 09:18PM | 0 recs
Re: The Constitution says no..

You make me sick, and sad for our plutocracy.

According to you, the majority of the people choosing between Crest and Colgate would be Toothpaste Democracy, the Free Expression of their Dental Cleaning Product Will.

by username 2008-11-21 03:58AM | 0 recs
Re: The Constitution says no..

I don't deny that we have had some good and effective politicians come from the same families throughout our history.

The issue I take is that it is very oligarchical in nature, and that the standard is often (always) different for public servants who can rely on their family name than for public servants who have to rise through the ranks solely on their own merits.

If Chelsea were t run for and become a Congresswoman in 2010, she would have attained that office solely because of her last name.  Someone named Chelsea Wilson with an identical resume as Chelsea Clintons would have no prayer of winning a Congressional race in Manhattan at that age and that thin of a resume, despite the fact that they could be evry bit as qualified for the job.

Does that sound fair to you?  Does that sound like the best way to get to the most representative democracy possible?

Fewer, not more, political dynasties - regardless of the political affiliation of the families involved - are generally better for the Republic.

by Obamaphile 2008-11-21 06:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to

President William C. Clinton 2049-2047

by Lakrosse 2008-11-20 08:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to

make that 2057

by Lakrosse 2008-11-20 08:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

Ridiculous.

But it is worth discussing who would be a good appointment.  I think Carolyn Maloney would be a great senator.

How old is Mario Cuomo?

by Thaddeus 2008-11-20 09:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

Why would it be "great", because you worship the awesome name of Clinton? Any reason a non name-worshipper would be finding Chelsea taking the position "great"?

And Biden's son will NOT be taking his father's place either, mind you.

by Aris Katsaris2 2008-11-20 09:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

Why YES I do.....

Worship, Love, Adore, Honor, Obey.....

I could marry the Clintons!!!

But since I'm in California and marriage is between only one man and one woman - not one woman and 2 women, 1 man.....guess I can't!!

by nikkid 2008-11-21 05:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

That's a really unhealthy fixation that you have. Seriously.

by dtaylor3 2008-11-21 08:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton

Well, y'know, maybe if you're into ignoring Constitutional requirements and all that...

by Nathan Empsall 2008-11-20 09:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take

is it me or are people taking this whole "Chelsea as Hillary's replacement" thing way too seriously? joke, people.

You forgot to add Andrew Cuomo to the list of choices. He's apparently New Yorkers' top choice for the job.

by Todd Beeton 2008-11-20 10:42PM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take

You're kidding.

That guy is so sleazy.

by Jess81 2008-11-21 01:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take

Ummm . . . there are people who are taking this stuff seriously.  There was a poster here called "Chelsea in 2020" and folks have been expressing their desire for Chelsea in public office for some time now.

This is just a natural extension of the type of support of Hillary that assumes that she is the female version of Bill.  These people assume than anyone with the Clinton name is not only suitable, but deserves and is owed high office.  

by the mystical vortexes of sedona 2008-11-21 04:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take

I'm glad YOU got it, Todd!!!

It is a JOKE...sometimes at night after a depressing day at work (of many of my friends and colleagues being laid off) - ya have to have a little fun!!!

by nikkid 2008-11-21 05:12AM | 0 recs
No please

by ann0nymous 2008-11-21 03:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

Doubt Chelsea would take it as she's currently in graduate school and is only 28 years old.

by Iceblinkjm 2008-11-21 03:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

Dude, I hear all this bitchin' about "age" and "constitutions," but she's got lady parts and her last name is Clinton.  End of story, compadres!

by username 2008-11-21 04:00AM | 0 recs
Andrew Cuomo

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has been dreaming about being governor for years, he is a good public servant and he is a Kennedy (his wife is former NY Senator RFK's daughter)

I'd say Gov. Patersen would have loved to remove one potential foe for the governor's mension.

by rolnitzky 2008-11-21 04:43AM | 0 recs
What's wrong with Cuomo?

He's done an excellent job as AG to date. he's been the leader on the Auction Rate securities investigation. Is he a publicity hound? Sure. Most politicians are. I would prefer others (Valezquez is my fav., Lowey, Hinchey, maybe even Bryon Brown, Buffalo Mayor) But I'd have no problems with Cuomo. Chelsea's a fine, intelligent woman, but even if she were old enough, he appointment at this time would be silly.

by Mayor McCheese 2008-11-21 04:46AM | 0 recs
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by Travis Stark 2008-11-21 04:57AM | 0 recs
You're joking, right?

This is the most ridiculous thing ever.

ONE:

Chelsea Clitnon cannot legally be sworn in as a U.S. Senator until February 27, 2010, when she turns 30 years of age.  Constitutionally, you cannot hold the office of U.S. Senator until after your 30th Birthday.

TWO:

She's a hedge fund manager with ZERO real political experience.  But hey, she's got the right last name, so let's just ignore the fact.

Maybe we can do away with our current form of government and become a monarchy.  That would be grand.

by Obamaphile 2008-11-21 06:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

I actually feel stupider for having read this diary.

by yitbos96bb 2008-11-21 05:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Chelsea Clinton to take Hillary's Senate Seat?

My God... who are the 7 freakin morons who don't know the constitution well enough to know CHELSEA ISN"T ELIGIBLE...

by yitbos96bb 2008-11-21 05:48PM | 0 recs

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