It’s taken an enormous amount of effort to finally squelch the rumors that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would somehow challenge President Barack Obama for the 2012 nomination, or be switched into the Vice Presidential slot in lieu of current V.P. Joe Biden in order to up reelection prospects. But despite all of the speculation from political pundits, Clinton has said repeatedly that as of 2012 she is retiring from politics.
Yet, once again, presidential rumors are flying — this time about 2016.
The authors of the movie “Game Change” believe that Clinton is on the verge of taking the plunge once the next four years are up — especially if Biden doesn’t run. One even gave odds at 99.4 percent that she would mount a campaign.
But they didn’t start the 2016 speculation. That was columnist Maureen Dowd, who stated that Clinton would be the perfect candidate for women to rally around after Republicans have been treading on their rights for years. “Women who assumed that electing Obama would lift all minority boats are beginning to think: Maybe he’s not enough. If the desire of these conservative male leaders to yoke women is this close to the surface, if they are perversely driven to debase women even though it could lead to their own political demise, then women may require more than Obama. If women are so vulnerable, they may need one of their own. Is she inevitable?”
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