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The nature of political ambition

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Many clamor to take Bingaman’s place in the U.S. Senate

By Hal Rhodes

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and his gang of senate GOPers are at it again.
This time they’ve told President Obama that his choice for a new Secretary of Commerce won’t be confirmed until the president submits proposed free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama for Senate confirmation.
The Obama administration is holding back those agreements pending negotiations with Colombia and Panama on related issues.
But McConnell, et. al, have their own agenda and are now embarked upon another of their tantrums by threatening to leave the Department of Commerce leaderless unless they get their way.
It’s as mindless as it is irresponsible.
Is it any wonder that some of the most level-headed incumbent senators have made it known that they will not seek reelection in 2012, New Mexico’s Jeff Bingaman among them?
Yet, such is the nature of political ambition, that there are always others clamoring to take their places.
Even as Bingaman was announcing his decision to retire, Heather Wilson, the erstwhile congresswoman from the state’s 1st District, was rushing to proclaim her candidacy for the GOP nomination to succeed him.


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