Chelsea Clinton -- a campaign liability to her mom?

  • Article by: Keli Goff , The Root
  • Updated: May 27, 2013 - 6:16 PM

Hillary Clinton's potential campaign themes could be compromised by her family's activities.

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pumiceMay. 27, 13 6:45 PM

From the article: "But despite the Kennedys’ youthful foibles and missteps, one constant that has defined the family throughout generations ... is a rigorous, lifetime commitment to progressive causes focused on lifting others not born into families like theirs." Chelsea Clinton's work with the Clinton Global Initiative certainly qualifies as "lifting others not born into families like [hers]", Keli Goff. This work includes her mother's enduring lifetime progressive cause, that of lifting women into leadership roles and into the possibility of economic justice, no matter the family into which the women were born. (Hillary Clinton's speech "Women's Rights Are Human Rights" and the caption for the photo accompanying your commentary provide supporting evidence.)

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imichelleMay. 27, 13 8:06 PM

I don't get it. If in the Bush's position or the Clinton's position, what parent wouldn't do what either families had done for their children? I thought all along, since the Clinton's were in the white house, that their goal was raising the first female president.

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guacamoleoleMay. 27, 13 8:46 PM

Down with dynasties! Do you think the Romans saw it coming?

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owatonnabillMay. 28, 13 5:17 AM

First, owatonnabill doesn't recall that Mrs. Clinton is running for anything. So the question is: should Chelsea stop succeeding so that Mumsy has a better chance with the voters in case she does decide to run? An odd--and clumsy--premise to say the least.

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pitythefoolsMay. 28, 13 7:29 AM

I voted not for Obama, but against Hillary. One President per family is enough. GWB proved that.

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pumiceMay. 28, 13 7:32 AM

Re: "[S]hould Chelsea stop succeeding so that [Hillary Clinton] has a better chance with the voters in case she does decide to run? An odd--and clumsy--premise to say the least." Exactly, owatonnabill. The idea that a child's success should be a negative on his/her parent's ledger is as un-American as it is unprecedented.

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jcinmnMay. 28, 13 8:09 AM

If Chelsea is as bright as her parents I would rather see Hillary take a pass in favor of Chelsea once she turns 40. Let her work her way up the political chain to where she can run on her own merit rather than ride her parents coat tails. Dem or Rep, Pro or Con, we need another bright mind in the White House.

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pumiceMay. 28, 13 8:59 AM

Re: "One President per family is enough." To what degree of kinship does your maxim apply, pitythefools? Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt were related. Would you have voted against FDR on the same principle? Adding "related by marriage" to the prohibition would not only require seeing into the future (could Hillary have known that her fiancé would become President of the United States?) but would also eliminate the children (and grandchildren?) of any politician from the list of prospective spouses for anyone with political skills.

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stevenelMay. 28, 13 9:54 AM

By comparing the Clintons to the Bushes and the Romneys the column seems to miss the main concern most folks have with nepotism. Bill and Hillary should have the right to give their daughter every legal advantage they can give her. That said, the apt comparison isn't between George W., Mitt Jr. and Hillary; it's between the two Republicans and Chelsea. Like the two Republicans, Chelsea was born to wealth and power and never had to worry about finding enough money to pay the rent. Whether one agrees with her politics or not, by all accounts, Hillary worked her butt off to get where she is and played a huge role in Bill's success as well. Save the silver spoon analogies for when Chelsea runs for office.

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offtherecordMay. 28, 1310:19 AM

Ahhh, the liberal elites. I am surprised she even bothers leaving her 11 million dollar apartment to mingle with the little people.

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