Ever since she went from the inevitable to the oh, better luck next time, Hillary Clinton’s more ardent fans have been pushing for her to get back in to the White House. After failing to get her on the ticket after then-Sen. Barack Obama defeated her, there was talk of her doing a switch-a-roo with Vice President Joe Biden as early as January of this year. The silly idea was quickly nixed, leaving select Hillary well-wishers to look straight ahead to 2016.
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Though many of them would be thinking this anyway, now they’re seeing their interest fueled by staples in the Democratic Party.
Longtime Clinton family political advisor James Carville kicked off talk when he said of the prospect of Hillary for president in 2016, “I always assume that if people run, they will run again.” Then came former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who told the New York Times about a conversation he had with Secretary of State Clinton in March. “I said, Everybody’s running you for president again — count me in!” Koch said. “And there were other people there who applauded.”
Yeah, I bet.
Not long after, Clinton protégé, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who was appointed to Hillary’s vacated seat, told BuzzFeed, “I’m going to be one of the first to ask Hillary to run in 2016.” She went on, “I think she would be incredibly well-poised to be our next Democratic president. I think she’s extremely well-prepared. I think her experience as Secretary of State has not only elevated her stature and experience, but she’s proven she’s someone who can get things done, and I think she’d be an outstanding candidate.”
And former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has publicly expressed her thoughts on another potential Clinton presidential bid. She didn’t bring it up herself, though. She was asked to chime in by political correspondent during an appearance in the 92nd Street Y in New York City Sunday night.
Nevertheless Pelosi said, “I would love to see Secretary Clinton become the nominee for President in 2016.” She went to say, “I do think the Secretary should entertain the thought of running in 2016. Hasn’t she been a magnificent Secretary of State?”
That’s been a common assessment among many, but talking about a presidential election four years away seems like overkill – especially since we’re still in the midst of one now in its very early stages.
I suppose this new wave, which is the two-year presidential campaign, can quickly spur people to grow tired of what’s going on in the moment. But c’mon now, folks: focus. Those Hillary-is-so-grand talking points will remain usable when it’s the appropriate time to use them.
I understand that her supporters are still pining on a dream, but in the interest of the here and now, can we give Hillary Clinton for president talks a rest until at least 2014? Or if some people are that anxious, at least until President Obama begins his second term. I’m sure somewhere Vice President Biden – who has yet to mention a potential run – agrees.
If he doesn’t, at the very least, Hillary’s husband does. When asked about the way-too-early presidential scenario, former President Bill Clinton said: “I believe she’s being absolutely honest with you when she says she doesn’t think she’ll go back to politics. If she comes home and we do this foundation stuff for the rest of our lives, I’ll be happy. If she changes her mind and decides to run, I’ll be happy. But I think that’s light years away.”
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