Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hasn't set a departure date from her job yet. But she's already got plans for civilian life. "I would like to see whether I can get untired," the former first lady, New York senator and Democratic presidential candidate tells New York Times columnist Gail Collins.
But Clinton seems less enthusiastic about discussing another presidential run, in 2016. "Clinton gives many variations on the theme of don't-think-so. ('Oh, I've ruled it out, but you know me. Everybody keeps asking me. So I keep ruling it out and being asked.') Also a thousand different forms of beats-me. ('I have no idea what I'm going to do next.') What she does not do is offer the kind of Shermanesque if-nominated-I-will-not-run language that would end the conversation."
Clinton has the luxury of waiting to decide. "If Clinton follows through on her plan to not decide anything for a year, it would put the 2016 presidential speculation on ice, at least on the Democratic side," Collins writes. "And that would be a signal service to the American public, which needs an election break."
What was it that was so pleasurable about the Bush years? I guess you loved unfunded wars, taking focus off Bin Laden to invade Iraq, now an Iranian Allie, unfunded Medicare drug benefit, turning surplus to debt. crash of financial system, stock market crash, Katrina recovery Mis management. What other Bush years fun did I miss out on?
@martydotcom - The national debt was $8T when Bush took office. $10T when obama took office. Now it is $17T. obama has only had 4 long hard miserable years. So let's review. It took Bush 8 years to spend $2T (of which two wars needed to be fought to protect America). obama spent $7T in 4 years. WOWZERS. Btw, obama gets through with his second term (assuming the United States still exists) we will be $22T in debt. You doggone skippy I miss Bush right about now.
@Neo_NtheMatrix: There was a budget SURPLUS when George W. Bush came into office, and $5.6 trillion in national debt. When George W. Bush left office there was a budget deficit of $438 billion (after 7 seven straight years of deficit) and $10.5 trillion in national debt.
There is no one on the Republican Horizon that can currently beat H. Clinton. I am NOT a Hilary fan but speaking to pure politics, she would carry the same people that Obama carried but she would get more women. That of course can change over 4 years but at present the GOP has no rising stars. I know you claim Rubio but the man has a credibility issue the size of the grand canyon outside of his base. I personally am tired of the extremists on both the left and right and Hilary is a far left liberal. But having said that, this country is becoming angry with the far right and their alliance with extremist Christianity. I just don't see the Republican today that can beat her.
@martydotcom Hillary is very well respected on both sides of the aisle. I can't see her getting much opposition in the primaries. I'm sure the GOP primaries will be the same kind of clown show as this time with probably Christie getting out. Hillary has big time support in the Latino community which would negate Rubio's strengths if he were to somehow win. Paul Ryan is a joke. He can join up with the insane clown Posse (Bachmann, Santorum, Gingrich, Perry, Paul, Cain, etc). Early on anyway the dems look very good for 2016.
@PNWest: Yes, respected by "both sides of the aisle" in our corporately-owned government that continue to support further limitations of our civil liberties at home, while spending increasingly large sums of money on imperial military occupations abroad... but then again she's a Democrat, so there's that.
She'd be a better choice than that goof Biden. My only question is why? Many people on the left claimed Reagan and McCain were "too old" when they ran at 70 years old. Hillary will be 69 if she runs. Personally, I'd be looking for somewhere nice and quiet at 69, not looking to run for president....
I'm sure the Left will vote for her, she always has and does embrace "socialism", and wrote her college thesis on how Saul Alinksy's views were very appealing, it's interesting how many are so enthused with socialism, I don't think they'll like it much, once they live under it's form of Government.
I voted for Hillary in the 2008 primary-I used her name as a write in when I voted in the 2008 election. I like her a lot-but honestly I am so not wanting more of the same She would have to be a lot better than what the GOP offers. I wish she would have ran this election-she would have got my vote than also. No disrespect to all the Obama supporters-I am sure you felt the same with George W Bush. I love all my fellow Americans and I love our president-but I do not like the path he is going down-and that he has went down already. I realize a lot are still blaming Bush-but it has been 4 years, many presidents have inherited a lot worse economies-I never heard them blame the previous pres. It is easy to say that we almost had another great depression, there are no facts-and Pres did run up 8 trillion in 4 years while Bush ran up 4 trillion in 8 years. Right now there is not way I would vote for another democrate-hopefully I am wrong and in 4 years I will say-Obama did a good job-that is how I felt about Clinton-I voted for him the second time.
@PNWest well I agree about Hillary she does have the ability to be a great president-I wish she would be a third party as I believe she may get more votes-however-I respectfully disagree about the worse economy statement. I like and respect you and your input-but I do disagree. I think Carter was a wonderful humanitarian-but as a president-I remember interest rates, gas shortages, hostage(though he kept all hostages alive) cost of living was high, Could not afford a house there was no program like the one Clinton put in effect-which I applaud-everyone should have the ability to own a house, Minimum wage was 3.75 an hour. And Reagan inherited that. In my opinion-and that is simply what it is-an opinion-Carter left the worse economy ever-much respect to you dear sir PN
oops, if she so chooses to, yes, I for one who is ready for a woman president would gladly vote for her again. She is highly intelligent, and I believe she is nearly over-qualified for the job. Not just because she is a woman, but because of her qualifications, and it is high time a woman is given that high office in this country. We are so behind the times in this country...its disgusting! I hope she chooses to run..go Hillary!!!