It could be just a coincidence, but a firm associated with top leaders of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential advance team bought the Web site domain name HRC2012.Com on June 8, according to Marc Ambinder of TheAtlantic.com.
Now, just a little more than a month later, Clinton is imploring her 2008 general election campaign supporters to approve transfer of their unused donations for this year's presidential race over to her 2012 Senate campaign. Or perhaps into a new presidential campaign fund, just as she did with $10 million of her surplus 2006 Senate campaign funds. If they nix her request she has to give the money back no later than next month.
Those funds cannot be used for purposes other than to fund Clinton's idle 2008 general election campaign unless the donors agree to allow her to transfer the funds to her 2012 senate re-election effort. And according to The Los Angeles Times, the funds just might also be used to help finance another run for the presidency in 2012 should Sen. Barack Obama lose in November.
The Times suggested that perhaps the domain name purchase by a company that's worked closely with Clinton -- The Markham Group -- "is just what it seems: yet another step by Hillary Rodham Clinton to prepare for another run for the Senate from New York in four years. Or another run for the White House."
Notes the Times: "We won't know of course for some time."
Even more of a coincidence is the fact that June 8, when the domain name was acquired, was the day after Clinton's "I-give-up-and-heartily-support-Obama" speech. Clinton sources told Ambinder the New York senator was committed to helping elect Obama on Nov. 4 but she wanted to keep her options open for later.
In 2012, Clinton would have the option of choosing which race -- Senate re-election or presidential -- to enter.
According to the Times, in her first Senate re-election bid two years ago her main Web sites were HillaryClinton.com, which she still has, HillPac.com for her political action committee, and another one for her 2008 campaign debt donations.
The Times wondered why she'd need another Web site for 2012 "unless ... her disappointed presidential campaign supporters choose to sit it out and let 2012 fall to her?"
After all, it's just six weeks since her surrender to Obama. And, notes the Times, "surely everyone knows exactly what that means: only 223 weeks left until the 2012 election."
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