By Brigitte L. Nacos
The other day, Cjrystia Freeland of Reuters wrote, “With hindsight, we may find that the 2016 U.S. presidential race began last week, when Hillary Rodham Clinton made a politically electrifying point. ‘Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me,’ she said at the Women in the World conference in New York. ‘But they all seem to. It doesn’t matter what country they’re in or what religion they claim. They want to control women.‘” Actually, the Secretary of State made another important point. “It is hard to believe that even here at home, we have to stand up for women’s rights and reject efforts to marginalize any one of us, because America needs to set an example for the entire world,” she said.
Albert Hunt of Bloomberg News predicted earlier,” On Nov. 7, the day after the presidential election, she will be the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic nomination, regardless of who wins the presidency this time or whether she plans to run."
Bill Keller, the former executive editor of the New York Times, addressed the idea of Hillary Clinton replacing Joe Biden as President Obama’s running-mate in this fall’s campaign. “It’s time to take it seriously,” he wrote and gave three specific reasons for the Hillary as candidate for the vice presidency: “One: it does more to guarantee Obama’s re-election than anything else the Democrats can do. Two: it improves the chances that, come next January, he will not be a lame duck with a gridlocked Congress but a rejuvenated president with a mandate and a Congress that may be a little less forbidding. Three: it makes Hillary the party’s heir apparent in 2016.
Like others with less prominent media platforms Keller envisioned Biden to replace Clinton as secretary of state.
But Maureen Dowd is convinced that such a switch--however compelling--is “not on the radar screen at the White House” because Hillary Clinton would not “be able to navigate past two powerful men who would find her elevation problematic: Obama and Biden.”
When the first “Hillary for vice president” suggestions surfaced in the blogosphere, I dismissed them as pipe dreams. But the prospect of having any of the remaining GOP candidates duping enough independent voters and moderate Republicans (if there are any left) to score a victory over President Obama in November has changed my view.