I picked a good time to become new best friends with Alan Colmes.
He scored an interview with President Clinton that airs this evening on his syndicated radio show, which broadcasts live from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Eastern.
I've borrowed Matt Drudge's siren, because I have some advance details about the interview.
From excerpts that I wheedled out of a Fox News publicist, they discuss Hillary Clinton's political ambitions, his lingering sentiments about impeachment, and whether he would accept the vice presidential nomination on a Clinton/Clinton ticket.
President Clinton tells Colmes that he hopes his wife focuses entirely on her senatorial re-election campaign in 2006. "One of my rules of politics is if you look past the next election, you may not get past the next election," he says. "I hope the voters in New York will ratify her service. I think they will. She's become justifiably very popular here because of the job she's done."
One confession he makes in the interview might be upsetting to Knopf, the publisher of his 2004 autobiography My Life -- he pulled some punches:
I rewrote a lot of the parts of the presidency, because I didn't want to be mean-spirited about it. I didn't want to, you know, say what I really thought about some of the way some of these issues were handled and covered and the obsession with things that were called scandals that turned out to be totally phony.
The publisher might be in a forgiving mood -- the former president's book broke the first-day sales record for non-fiction, selling 400,000 copies.
As for whether he'd be his wife's running mate, that will be revealed in the broadcast.
Live discussion of the Colmes radio show began Wednesday on the Drudge Retort, which the host was kind enough to plug on the air last night.
Site traffic is normally light during the time his show airs, but the on-air mention appeared to bring an extra 10,000 hits to the site that hour, tripling the usual traffic.
In response to a guest's claim that that homosexuality is a choice, Retort users responded by describing the moment they decided to be heterosexual:
At the dance after the rodeo in Pecos -- July 6, 1991.
We'll call them "Shandi" and "Tracie".
For me, it was during recess one afternoon in second grade. If Mary Beth Farkas is reading this, I would again like to apologize.
-- Rogers Cadenhead
It isn't legal for Clinton to be Vice-President- the constitution lists the requirements of Vice-President as including the ability to be President. Since he can't be President, he can't be Vice-President.
There's some interesting information about this at www.pudgemusic.com
I think a movement to repeal the 22nd amendment would be enormously successful. Bill Clinton is a smart guy, foreigners love him, and he's learned a lot about avoiding self-sabotage since he left the white house. I can't think of a better person to follow W. Rogers, lead us to the promised land with an electronic petition.
Gosh, it doesn't look to me like the 22nd Amendment is a problem for Bill at all. http://www.termlimits.org/Current_Info/22nd-Amendment-text.htm. It states that no person can be "elected to be president" but of course Bill would be elected to Vice President. So he could legitimately succeed Hillary.
That would be great!
Can't we just skip Hillary altogether?
Uncle Howie for Pres-eee-dent of the Hew Hess Hay!
Yes, reading the text of the Amendment (which can be found here -- it needs to be .html, not .htm) Bill could succeed, but wouldn't be able to run for re-election.
There's a different problem, though, and it's the usual one for prospective husband-and-wife teams: The 12th Amendment, which reads (in part), "The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves..."
What that means is the Electors of New York state could cast a ballot for Hillary as President, or Bill as Vice President, but not both. Given the tightness of Electoral College margins in recent years, that's probably not a good strategy.
(Cheney's switch of "residence" from Texas where he was head of Halliburton back to Wyoming, in 2000, was precisely because of this provision. Opinion is still divided as to whether he fulfilled the letter of the law, for a number of reasons.)
I discovered Colmes many years ago when here in Baton Rouge his syndicated radio show was on a local station. I too was impressed with Colmes. However, when I saw him on the show I like to refer to as Hannity and Very Little of Alan Colmes, I was disturbed. Not just because it gave me definite proof of Colmes being a pod person, alien or at least a third cousin of James Carville, which by definition means all three are true, but Colmes had apparently decided to be something on television that he wasn't on radio. Pick a persona and stick with it. I don't find most pod people, aliens or relatives of James Carville to be quite so indecisive. And am I the only liberal/independent who finds Clinton extremely boring?
It's not the 22nd Amendment, but the 12th that prohibits Bill from being VP - last line reading "But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States."
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