House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined the growing ranks of politicians and public figures lining up behind a Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016.
“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?”
In the past few weeks, a growing group of high-powered Washington figures have echoed Pelosi’s sentiments. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told BuzzFeed she’d “be one of the first to ask Hillary to run in 2016,” while former New York City mayor Ed Koch said to “count [him] in” as a Hillary 2016 supporter. Democratic strategists James Carville and David Plouffe also acknowledged the potential strength of a Clinton candidacy, and even Bill Clinton said he’d be “happy” if his wife decided to run.
Now, before all the Hillary supporters start complaining, primaries are brutal. Per se we’re going to be on opposite sides during a primary. We all need to get over it. And that includes some of Hillary’s campaign staff who still won’t talk to us. Yes, we sided with Obama. Whatever. Every primary splits the party, then you get over it. The end.
Anyway, I think she’d make a great candidate and president. I do think her campaign was slightly full of itself in 2008 (though it didn’t stop me from defending her on national TV numerous times in 07), and that was part of the problem. (Then again, McCain didn’t pull his “celebrity” meme about Obama out of nowhere, that campaign too had its share of arrogance to deal with.) But hopefully both Hillary and Obama have learned their lessons.
What do you think? Still on board, upset, over a potential President Clinton II?
I’m sorry, I just can’t resist one more time: