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August 30, 2014, 8:22 pm

Could Hillary return to White House in 2016?

Hillary for president in 2016? Maybe. What was once thought as a closed chapter now seems like a real possibility 4 years from now.

I know what you’re thinking; can’t we get through this presidential election first and worry about the 2016 election in 2016? The long answer is sure we could, but the short answer is we really can’t. Here’s why: Democrats are openly pushing Hillary for 2016 for one simple reason — so far they have been underwhelmed by Barack Obama and are already thinking about succession planning regardless of whether Obama wins a second term or not.

This thinking unfortunately, tosses Vice President Biden under the bus — but I’m not sure any Democrat in the leadership cares. What they care about is someone in the White House that is going to be a true champion for the issues they care about.

To be clear, this is not a whispering campaign by Republicans. This is more of an ongoing conversation by democrats themselves. Former Pennsylvania governor Edward Rendell along with former president Bill Clinton have openly dreamed about a Hillary run and most recently House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fanned the flames by saying, “She’s our shot,” as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. “Why wouldn’t she run? She’s a magnificent secretary of state.”

Governor Rendell went on to say in his new book: “She is bone-tired … Still I believe that when she gets some rest and has a chance to reflect on what she wants, the challenges facing the country will be too great for her to resist and she will change her mind.”

Her husband, the former president added this, “She’s told you and everybody else that she thinks she’ll probably never run for office again,” he said. “But I’ve been there; I know what happens when you go through this decompression after years of relentless high-pressure activity. And I just think she needs to rest up, do some things she cares about, and whatever she decides to do, I’ll support.”

Hillary Clinton has been very clear that she has no intention of running for president during the next election cycle. But that’s the same thing Dwight Eisenhower said when Republicans and Democrats, including Harry Truman, begged him to run. After the party faithful begged him to run, Eisenhower decided to run as a Republican basically because everyone was pressuring him to run and he found it much to difficult to resist. Clinton could easily find herself in the same predicament. But can the country tolerate another Clinton after we had two Bush presidencies? If you would have asked me 3 years ago, I would have said without any hesitation, a definite no. If the question were asked today, my response would be a definite maybe.

Consider this, Clinton today is one of the most favored female public officials in this country, with 66 percent of Americans having a positive opinion of her according to the most recent Gallup poll. And she has a killer resume that any presidential aspirant would envy: former senator, soon-to-be former Secretary of State, one time presidential candidate that received 8 million votes in the primary, and former first lady of Arkansas and of the United States. Not bad. Not bad at all and Clinton, along with many Democrats may stop and wonder, “I wonder what might have been if Hillary would have won against Barack 4 years ago?” Well, 4 years from now, we just may find out.