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re: Congratulations on your Victory, Condolences for your Loss

Dear Senator Clinton. Heartiest congratultions on your re-election victory in the Senate and your party's sweeping victory in the House, and perhaps the Senate. Word on the street is that you are a likely candidate for Senate Majority Leader should the point tip.

But I also want to offer my sincerest condolences on your presidential loss in 2008. While it is the worst kept secret in Washington that you plan to run for your party's nomination for President, it's also the worst kept secret in the country that to run as a sitting Senator and be elected as this nation's president is statistically, and historically extremely unlikely. Since you were born, the following Senators have tried for the White House and failed: Thomas E. Dewey, J. Strom Thurmond, Adlai E. Stevenson, Barry M. Goldwater, Hubert H. Humphrey, George McGovern, Eugene J. McCarthy, Walter F. Mondale, Robert J. Dole, John F. Kerry. Notice how the lion's share of those are Democrats? In fact, a Senator hasn't won the White House since 1960.

See, as history has shown us, Americans prefer Governors as our presidents and not Senators. Politicians outside the Beltway, rather than political insiders.

So, you may have been better served to inherit the Governor's mansion in Albany from George Pataki and fill out change of address forms instead of running from the Beltway and the Senator Leadership. Being Governor of New York would've afforded you the Rooseveltian street cred you need to establish yourself as a political outsider while preserving your national presence.

But instead, you went chose the Beltway. It is said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Well, I don't consider you insane, Madame Senator, but certainly choosing a wiser course would've benefited your Presidential hopes much better.

Romney anyone?


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