Word on the street - if not in the State Department - is that Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016. And if she does, she'll leave other currently-available GOP candidates in the dust - even in Republican strongholds like Texas and Kentucky. In the Bluegrass state, she outflanks Senator Rand Paul on his own stomping grounds.
All these numbers are from Public Policy Polling, an allegedly leftist polling outfit. But PPP follows approved polling methods and correctly predicted many of the 2012 elections, so the Hillary stats are probably quite reliable.
Why is Hillary polling so well in the Red South? Partly because she brings Democrats the one thing they currently don't have, vote-wise: the white working class, or what The Daily Beast's Lloyd Green calls "beer-track voters." Those voters have been leaving the Democratic party in droves since the 1960s. Bill Clinton helped bring them back, Green claims, with his pro-market approach and disdain for identity politics, and Hillary would be more of the same.
But is she actually going to run? Evidence is mixed. She's said she won't; but she's done nothing to discourage various SuperPACs being set up in her name, such as "Ready for Hillary" and the "Hillary Clinton SuperPAC."