Emmett Tyrrell

With her early morning speech just after Super Tuesday, she may be approaching that "something big" that her old supporters have been promised. In addressing trade and manufacturing at the Mayflower on Wednesday, she confronts two staples of Ralph Nader's song and dance -- a song and dance that will be heard many times as his third party candidacy gets underway. Nader's candidacy could become a political "giant sucking sound" of votes away from Kerry. At the Mayflower, Hillary demonstrates her political value to Kerry as a neutralizer of Nader.

It makes perfect sense for Hillary to get into the Democratic presidential action now. She has enormous power, and as with all political power, if you do not use it you run the risk that you might lose it.

Running as veep on a Kerry ticket might not doom her to second fiddle for eight years. The trial might last only eight months, and if the valiant ticket goes down to the hellish Bush, she would be seen as the loyalest of loyal Democrats, a Joan of Arc to her party. Her rights on the presidential nomination in 2008 would be secure. Then, too, some shocking revelations might surface about Sen. John Pierre Kerry before convention time. Things like that have happened before in this Democratic race. Ask Dr. Howard Dean.

Come to think of it, ask Kerry. In that event, Hillary, the loyalest of the loyal, would be there to lift the party from chaos and against the Forces of Darkness. Whatever transpires, the Clintons are active again.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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