Was there EVER any doubt that Hillary Clinton would NOT run for the Presidency?
Publicly, Clinton insists she’s many months away from a decision about her political future. But a shadow campaign on her behalf has nevertheless been steadily building for the better part of a year — a quiet, intensifying, improvisational effort to lay the groundwork for another White House bid.
Some of the activity has the former first lady’s tacit approval. Some involves outside groups that are operating independently, and at times in competition with one another, to prepare a final career act for the former senator and secretary of state, whose legacy as the most powerful woman in the history of American politics is already secure.
More than two dozen people in her orbit interviewed for this article described a virtual campaign in waiting — a term that itself makes some of Clinton’s supporters bristle — consisting of longtime Clinton loyalists as well as people who worked doggedly to elect her onetime rival Obama.
It has been obvious that Hillary would be the 2016 Democratic nominee for President. The Dems really have no one else that could beat any of the GOP frontrunners – a weak bench so to speak.
And, with Congress and Washington “This Town” life resuming tomorrow in D.C., Hillary is staking her claim.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is joined by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (L) and U.S. Representative Connie Mack (R-FL) (R) onboard his campaign plane Reuters Photo
Looks like the 2016 Presidential field is already set.
Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush in a rematch of the Bush Vs. Clinton clan Presidential fight.
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush met Monday with a group of his former staffers at the J. W. Marriott hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, just steps from the White House. Bush, a potential 2016 presidential contender, spent an hour in the hotel’s Cannon room, reminiscing and entertaining questions about his political future.
In an interview with NRO, Bush did not rule out a presidential run. “I am here to catch up with folks and promote education reform,” he said, smiling.
When asked again whether he will issue a Sherman-type statement about his future, Bush remained coy. “We have an alumni group that I like keeping in touch with,” he said. “I’m here to focus on educational reform, and that’s what I’m going to tell people.”
Neil Newhouse, Mitt Romney’s campaign pollster, among other GOP operatives, was at the meeting.
Here we go!
So, should we speculate as to Jeb’s Vice Presidential running mate?
Condoleezza Rice – without a doubt.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a joint news conference with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr after her meeting with Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi .. Reuters Photo
There is no doubt in my mind after reading this Clinton Cabal type puff piece in the Washington Post.
On a recent Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walked with her husband onto a stage at the New York Sheraton to cheers and whoops and a standing ovation that only got louder as she tried to quiet things down.
It was a friendly crowd — the annual meeting of her husband’s foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative — and people may have been eager to hear her speech about using U.S. aid to target investment barriers such as old land tenure laws. But really, they were there to see her.
“She’s just looked so sad and so tired,” said Ritu Sharma, a women’s rights activist, referring to Clinton’s appearances in the days after the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
They wanted to defend her, to rave about her, to say how sick they were of people talking about her hair, and then to talk about her hair, which, several men and women offered, definitely looked best in a simple chignon.
Mostly, though, people wondered what the woman walking across the stage — now smiling as a soaring, presidential-sounding score began playing — would choose to do next. Maybe now, in her final months in office, she would provide a clue.
Bill and Hillary Clinton looked at each other and laughed. He rolled his eyes.
Then she began talking about how effective development can advance global peace and prosperity — the sort of long, detail-laden speech that Clinton has given a thousand times, the kind that says exactly nothing and everything about her future.
In recent weeks, Hillary Clinton has reiterated that she will not stay on for President Obama’s second term, unleashing fresh waves of speculation about her plans.
The only unknown will be Obama fatigue and if the economy tanks after the implementation of ObamaCare.
Vice President H.W. Bush was good at riding President Reagan’s coattails for his one term before Ross Perot and Bill Clinton sent him packing. Can Hillary do the same with President Obama?
But, barring ill health Hillary will take a few months off after leaving the State Department, write a book, raise money for Democratic congressional candidates in 2014 and plan her campaign.
Now, with this knowledge will the GOP be able to prepare a strategy to retake the White House?
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
The National Journal has one of its Political Insiders polls up and this time it is the Presidential race in 2016.
- Marco Rubio 40%
- Jeb Bush 27%
- Paul Ryan 9%
- Rick Santorum 9%
- Chris Christie 8%
- Jeb Bush 47%
- Chris Christie 28%,
- Marco Rubio 13%
And, we all know that if Hillary Clinton wants the Democratic nomination that she will be the nominee.
What do I envision?
A Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush race.