The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Friday, November 26, 2004  

Readers Wary of Possible Clinton Candidacy

A week ago readers were asked to participate in a poll asking, “Should Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) run for president of the U.S. in 2008?”

Although participation was limited to a somewhat disappointing 360 readers, those who cast votes left no doubt where they stand. A substantial majority of readers, 84 percent, said Sen. Clinton should not seek the presidency four years hence, while 11 percent said she should, and five percent were undecided or had no opinion.

The full results are published below:

No: 301 votes, or 84%
Yes: 41 votes, or 11%
Don't Know/Not Sure/No Opinion: 18 votes, 5%

I voted yes, in keeping with my longstanding view that having more candidates from which to choose, particularly if the candidates involved can effectively promote a wide range of positions, leads to a better informed electorate. I recognize that in practice this robust debate routinely fails to emerge, that due in large part to eagerness among the party leadership, echoed by the media, to narrow the field quickly. (The party wants to prevent “divisiveness,” while the media, well, to them it’s all just so confusing.) I still have hope.

Thanks to all who participated in the poll.

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