Senate Homecoming Won't Be Glorious

Power will not fall in losing candidate's lap
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2008 8:42 AM CDT
Hillary Clinton questions Gen. David Petraeus on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2008, during the committee's hearing on the status of the war in Iraq.    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – If Hillary Clinton does indeed lose the Democratic nomination, her Senate homecoming won’t be a glorious one, the New York Times reports. Clinton is still a junior senator, ranking 36th out of 49 Democrats, and would need to leapfrog a lot of people to become a committee chair—much less majority leader, which is considered fanciful in staid Senate circles.

Clinton will also have to coexist with many colleagues who supported Barack Obama, although at least one said any tension would be short-lived. “There are a lot of people around here who are very serious political grownups,” he said. Clinton could also follow the Ted Kennedy mold, and use her increased national stature to become a superior legislator.