Hillary Mania



Rep. Nancy Pelosi has caught Hillary mania, which is sweeping the media and political class during the Republican circus lull, while everyone nods off until Mitt Romney can squeeze 1144 out of wingnut primary voters.

I’d heard about this exchange, with Buzzfeed posting the video.

“I would love to see Secretary Clinton become the nominee for President in 2016,” Pelosi said during an appearance in the 92nd Street Y in New York City Sunday night.

“I do think the Secretary should entertain the thought of running in 2016,” said the former Speaker of the House, who was formally neutral in 2008 but was widely viewed as tacitly supporting Senator Barack Obama, then Clinton’s bitter rival. “Hasn’t she been a magnificent Secretary of State?”

The speculation continues where my book leaves off. The question won’t be answered until we get a lot close to the next election, after Hillary Clinton has some much deserved rest.

What you won’t see is Secy. Clinton on the campaign trail. Never thought otherwise, but Sam Stein reported confirmation from Administration officials yesterday.

Pres. Bill Clinton talked about Hillary running in 2016 with Jake Tapper, as well as others. He’d be happy with whatever she decides, foundation or another presidential run, which will be an odds-maker in Vegas soon enough.

Beyond the buzz, one thing that was very interesting is Secy. Clinton’s recent handling of Rush Limbaugh. Having written the book on Hillary’s 20-year rise in politics and her interaction with traditional and new media, the confidence and diplomacy showed through honest assessment of the wingnut radio blowhard is worth noting.

Clinton talking to the grande dame of NBC, Andrea Mitchell, via Politico:

“I thought the response [to Limbaugh] was very encouraging. The response from the public, the response, in particular, from women cutting across all kinds of categories, the response from advertisers.”

“I think we need to call people out when they go over the line. They’re entitled to their opinion but no one is entitled to engage in that kind of verbal assault. Let’s keep it to the issues,” she said.

“We, as a nation, have every right — and in fact I welcome it — to engage in the kind of debate and dialogue that is at the root of who we are as Americans,” Clinton said. “But lets not turn it into personal attacks and insults. We’re beyond that. We’re better than that and people in the public eye have a particular responsibility to avoid it.”

The maturity, calm and confidence Clinton illustrates in this comment is a long way from the ’90s trademark “right wing conspiracy.” It’s expected from someone in the national political arena now for 20 years, but also coming from a secretary of state who has seen what she’s seen across the world. A woman who has nothing more to prove.

It makes gnats like Rush Limbaugh much easier to flick away at this point.

Secy. Clinton has never been stronger, more secure or sure of her power than she is today. With some rest and reflection and some holiday time, too, considering she’s tired but healthy, there’s no reason to think she won’t reconsider her Shermanesque statements on running a second time for the presidency.

However, no one should be surprised if living her life exactly as she chooses, without the constraints of the political arena, won’t satisfy her fully. I’m just not sure people will let her. There’s a real hunger for Hillary to run in 2016 and it’s only 2012. It’s only going to get louder from here.

Everyone knows the U.S. is poised to elect a female president as soon as a competent, charismatic woman, who also can be seen as commander in chief, shows up. The thought that it could be an anti-women’s rights conservative is unthinkable to most.


Taylor Marsh is the author of The Hillary Effect, which is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, where it was 1 of only 4 books in their NOOK Featured Authors Selection launch. Marsh is a veteran political analyst and commentator. She has written for The Hill, U.S. News & World Report, among others, and has been profiled in the Washington Post, The New Republic, and seen on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic, as well as on radio across the dial and on satellite, including the BBC. Marsh lives in the Washington, D.C. area. This column is cross posted from her new media blog.

11 Comments

  1. The thought of Hillary Clinton becoming commander in chief in unthinkable –period. It appears Nancy Pelosi was being her gracious self, and Bill was being his ambitious self in comments to the media. Hillary’s self is still a very well deserved tarnished one, and her recent stint as a good servant secretary does nothing to polish it. Besides, this country should never be poised to elect a president of any given status whether Latino, gay, or female. That’s a primitive notion of the token politics of a bygone quota driven era, I would hope we are beyond that.

  2. I have to disagree with drbob. HC was also a distinguished Senator– smart and hard-working. Plus her large base of support hasn’t gone anywhere. She will not have an enthusiasm problem like the current GOP hopefuls

    Hillary would be as good a president as her husband– probably better since she does not have his distractions.
    She is the only Democrat with the stature to pull it off at this point. Hope she takes some time off to be with her family and comes back swinging—

  3. drbob10001 says:
    APRIL 4, 2012 AT 6:06 AM

    I’m accustomed to reading any number of outlandish comments on Secy. Hillary Clinton.

    The notion that “becoming commander in chief in [sic] unthinkable –period” is one of the more uninformed views, with her history with the military something that is well known.

    Beyond former Secy. Robert Gates, Gen. David Petraeus, in fact, is another one of her biggest fans and friends. Additionally, even Republicans consider her an established military friend, which is just one reason so many progressives don’t trust her. In the 20th century, she’s what used to be considered “a hawk” on foreign policy, but her secretary of state mantle also proves that soft power is a tool she’d use in conjunction with it.

    Not only has Secy. Clinton earned the position she holds today, but her unwavering dedication to Pres. Obama, her boss, has garnered more respect for Clinton, because doubters now see her for the stalwart Democrat that I wrote she was all along.

    bluebelle says:
    APRIL 4, 2012 AT 7:31 AM

    Seconded!

  4. She’d do well as President. And lets face it, who are the GOP going to get to face her? They’d have to really get their act together, really stop forcing the moderates and decent republicans out of the fold, PLUS Obama would really have to screw up his second term, for the GOP to beat her in 2016. But considering the amount of crap she has had to put up with from the right since 1992, I wouldn’t blame her for wanting to get out of public office.

  5. As a moderate, I would much prefer Hillary Clinton to the one we have today and to any of the republican running today. And with the ones in office that are far right or far left, there are few moderates left that could provide the leadership that this country so desperately needs.

    Unlike B.O. who has done little to bring the two fighting parties together to work out differences, Hillary Clinton is a leader who could bring both sides to the table and hammer out solutions to problem we face. Where B.O. put together a commission that seems nothing more than a ploy to get both sides together and not be able to come to a solution tot he debt a deficit, that commission came up solutions and he backed off. Clinton most likely would have taken those recommendations and brought leadership from both side together and worked out the problems we face with the deficit. That is what a Sec of State does in foreign matters between two countries and that is what she would do here.

    Bu the question to ask is if she would want to do this. Evan Byah and Olympia Snowe, both moderates from opposite parties declined to run due in part to divided politics. Would Clinton choose the same?

  6. Drbob’s comment may reflect his personal bias and the bias of those who have have always had antipathy toward HRC, but it doesn’t reflect reality.

    “it’s far too early to predict if she would be the “instant front-runner” for the Democrats”

    Well yes, 2016 is a way off… then again it’s only 4 years. As for “instant front-runner” status? Who else on the horizon would have the clout of a Hillary Clinton? I don’t see anyone… and that includes Joe Biden. If she is healthy, committed and enthused I don’t really see who could stop her.

  7. Hillary Clinton is not a good leader, she is a follower, and a very good one at that. Her campaign of ’08 was the ultimate test of her leadership when it was critical, and she blew it. On the other hand she has followed instructions very well, and her role as a high profile secretary in President Obama’s cabinet is perfect for her. However this is the top of her game. She gets a great deal of credit for insider advantage, along with her long list of insider “fans and friends” even in the military. But her chummy relationships with the well-positioned do not qualify her to command anything, especially the respect of many voters.

  8. She will need four years to recuperate from her hectic life, which really shows on her face.

  9. dr bob– no the ultimate test of her leadership has been the last 4 years where she has excelled at representing our interests around the world..
    I’ve seen a lot of criticism about Clinton but never have I seen her described anywhere as weak or as a follower.. She is probably the strongest female in politics today.
    I think I would have to agree with Taylor that you are speaking from a preconceived bias because no fair assessment of HC would sound like your comments.
    Have a great day!

  10. My own Spidey-Sense is telling me Hilary’s going to move out of politics. I think she’s enjoyed being SecState but realizes elected office is not worth the aggravation in our ludicrous political climate.

    I hope she says through O’s 2nd term, but it doesn’t seem likely. I think she’s done a bang-up job and deserves kudos for it, but also deserves to get out of the political rat-race and into something else. Perhaps a post-Presidency Jimmy Carter role would suit her very well.

  11. I disagree with drbob, too. Hillary is head of the Department of State and has tens of thousands of employees. Hillary doesn’t just follow Obama’s orders. Hillary also organized successful political campaigns and very nearly beat Obama in the Democratic primary. One doesn’t get to be one of the most powerful people in the world by being a follower. She’s smart. She’s educated and she’s dedicated. I hope she runs for pres. in 2016.

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