Chelsea Clinton Is Starting to Realize that She Must Fulfill Her Political Destiny

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Chelsea Clinton may finally be ready to fulfill her political destiny and restore balance to the force, or, you know, at least run for office. In the September issue of Vogue, Clinton tantalizingly suggests that, if the planets aligned just and she had finally achieved the inner peace required to wade through the muck of a political campaign, she would maybe consider running for office.


When asked about her future in politics, Clinton said, "Before my mom's campaign I would have said no. Not because it was something I had thought a lot about but because people have been asking me that my whole life." She says that now, however, she's not so quick to dismiss political ambitions:

I have voted in every election that I have been qualified to vote in since I turned eighteen. I believe that engaging in the political process is part of being a good person. And I certainly believe that part of helping to build a better world is ensuring that we have political leaders who are committed to that premise. So if there were to be a point where it was something I felt called to do and I didn't think there was someone who was sufficiently committed to building a healthier, more just, more equitable, more productive world? Then that would be a question I'd have to ask and answer.

The big takeaway here is that Chelsea Clinton is a way better participating member of our civic process than even some of the most politically opinionated Americans. Clinton said that she's been asked by reporters pretty much all her life whether she'd ever consider a future in politics, like in 1984 when, during her dad's gubernatorial campaign, a reporter asked if she wanted to run for governor when she grew up and she politely answered, "No, I'm four." That's got to be quite a burdensome political legacy to live up to, so maybe she should stay away from national politics and instead run for comptroller in a town where she'd be such an overwhelming political juggernaut that she could run it like a mini-empire, the way the villain in Roadhouse runs his town.

Chelsea Clinton open to future career in politics [The Hill]


Graby Sauce

I don't like the idea of her entering politics any more than I like Romney entering politics (well, slightly more since her viewpoint is more likely to square with mine). There is something really off-putting about someone who has had *everything* in her life handed to her being in a position of political power. Sure, she worked hard and is really smart, but she has even less idea of how "real" people live than even Mitt Romney. She's lived a life in which it is actually harder for her to fail than to succeed. The best schools, the nicest vacations, the biggest wedding, and walking right into high paying jobs on Wall Street and in the media don't exactly make for an interesting "how I built character" story. I don't dislike her, but the idea of someone like her being an elected official makes my skin crawl.

Of course, this makes her exactly like the majority of people in Congress, so what the hell am I complaining about.