Hillary In 2016
This is ridiculous for 8 million reasons (most of all Biden really has not mattered), but it got me to thinking about my own pet theory - that the Democratic Party needs Hillary as its Presidential candidate in 2016.
Some folks have taken the Secretary of State's discouraging statements about running in 2016 as the end of the story. I do not. After Hillary leaves the Secretary of State job in early 2013 (yes, she will), she'll be 64 years old. She won't be going back to the Senate and of course she could ride off into the political sunset. But she will know that the 2016 nomination is hers for the asking. But more than that, Dems will need Clinton to have the best chance to hold the White House in 2016. After 8 years of a Dem President, "change" won't be a card Dems can play (Brian Schweitzer could do it if change would be a viable theme for Dems, but it won't be.) Assuming that President Obama is reasonably popular in 2016, Biden will be 74, too old and frankly, he is not good enough of a pol to win. In the Dem stable, only Hillary can do it. Consider the stakes with me on the flip.
In 2016, the health care debate will be in full swing. Fighting that battle will be critical. Hillary Clinton is clearly the most capable Dem for that fight.
In 2016, the Presidency will likely be facing the retirement from the Supreme Court of Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer. For that alone, the retention of the Presidency by a Democrat will be critical.
Of course climate change, tax policy, Social Security, and every other issue you can imagine will be in play.
The 2008 election was incredibly important. The 2016 election will be at least as important.
The Democrats' best bet will be Hillary Clinton. For the good of her country and her Party, she must run for President.
Speaking for me only
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