The Once And Future Hillary Clinton

She is one of the most influential First Ladies, but none ever did what she's doing now

If Bill Clinton's predicament has but one historical precedent, Andrew Johnson's, Hillary Rodham Clinton's current position has none. After surviving the most painful year one could imagine, Hillary has begun to do something no other First Lady--not the second Mrs. Wilson, not Nancy Reagan, not even Eleanor Roosevelt--ever did: create a political base independent of her spouse's. In the new TIME/CNN poll, 70% view her favorably. And her popularity has caused talk, encouraged by New Jersey Senator Robert Torricelli, a close White House ally, that she may run for the Senate from New York in 2000. Though her friends call such...

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