Thursday, March 15, 2012

I'm pretty sure Hillary Clinton wants to be president in 2016

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
Not that it matters, but I've been saying for a while that I thought Hillary Clinton would be taking a long hard look at running for the White House in 2016.

It's good that Game Change co-authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are coming around to my way of thinking, or they would if they knew I existed.

On Morning Joe a couple of days ago, the pair was asked to handicap the likelihood that Hillary would run for the Democratic nomination in 2016. Heilemann put it at a 99.4 percent chance and Halperin said maybe a little lower.

Whether or not she runs is a different question than whether she would want to run. I would argue that she will want to run, will do the due diligence to see if the support is there, including money, party support, and general electoral enthusiasm, and then make a decision based on bread and butter political factors.

To play the numbers game, I think there is a 100% chance she wants to be the first female president of the United States of America. And I think there is a 100% chance that she will run if she thinks there is a reasonable path to success.

People like Bill and Hillary Clinton never want to get out of politics, no matter what they say. Bill can't run for anything anymore because ex-presidents just don't. But Hillary could seek the highest office in the land and just might.

(Cross-posted at Lippmann's Ghost.)

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  • Hillary is the most extraordinary leader ever and the only one ready from day 1. i hope she runs.HILLARY 2012!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:43 PM  

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