29 January 2012

Hillary Clinton as the 2016 Democratic nominee?

From James Fallows' column at The Atlantic:
Let's assume [Obama] wins re-election. I don't think anybody sees Joe Biden, who will by then be 74 as a future President. The Democrats have four years to find and develop a rising star. Who is on the horizon now? I would have to say that on November 7 Hillary would be the odds-on favorite to be the next nominee. She'll likely step down after this term and that will give her four years to catch up on her rest, make another fortune on the private side, burnish her reputation further with Bill's Foundation, and raise a war chest for the election.

She would seem nearly unbeatable. Even now she is one of the few Democrats who seems unassailable. Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann are able to reference her admirably and get applause. They see it as a dig at the President, but he has the last laugh. After they mixed it up, he chose her for the biggest job she's ever had. And he did her the greatest favor imaginable. Rather than spending the last four years in the morass of the Senate, she has been out getting things done in a place where Republicans can't obstruct her.


  1. I'd rather see Elizabeth Warren as the 2016 Democratic nominee.

    1. Edie beat me to it! I was going to suggest Elizabeth Warren as well.

  2. This wasn't written by James Fallows. He's quoting a reader of his.

  3. I think I'd like to see Elizabeth Warren in some other political role before I'd get on the Warren for President train. I definitely have a political crush on her.

  4. The Republicans might commit mass suicide if she wins...

  5. Four more years of Obama, and I doubt the Democrats have a chance in 2016 no matter the candidate.

  6. No more Bushes or Clintons, thank you.

  7. It's my understanding that Hillary is stepping down from Secretary of State in 2013, after the election. The Guardian quotes her as saying she's "tired of being in the system," or something like that. Rather unlikely that she'd run.


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