Rumors About Hillary Clinton

I have always avoided stories based upon rumor or limited information, regardless of the degree they have reverberated through the echo chamber of the blogosphere. I stayed away from echoing the claims that Rove would be indicted, and numerous stories about Ohio post 2004. There’s a story which appears unsubstantiated, based upon unspecified friends, which I cannot resist noting despite questioning its validity. After all, there is always the possibility that a newspaper has good reason to believe in the accuracy of a story even if they cannot provide the evidence. The Times of London reports that friends of Hillary Clinton “hint she may pull out of presidential race.” You can’t get much vague than unnamed friends hinting something, but if true this would have a major impact on Democratic politics for the next two years.

According to the Times, “Friends of Hillary Clinton have been whispering the unthinkable. Despite her status as the runaway frontrunner for the 2008 Democratic nomination for president, some of her closest advisers say she might opt out of the White House race and seek to lead her party in the Senate.” The story then goes from attributing its information to friends to party insiders:

Some Democratic party elders –the American equivalent of the Tories’ “men in grey suits” –say Clinton may back out of the race of her own volition.

“I would not be surprised if she were to decide that the best contribution she can make to her country is to forget about being president and become a consensus-maker in the Senate,” said a leading Democratic party insider. “She believes there is no trust between the two political sides and that we can’t function as a democracy without it.”

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