WASHINGTON, February 6, 2013 — Anyone who is on Hillary Watch, Hillary Clinton that is, looks for the slightest sign that she is going to run for president in 2016. And watchers think they have spotted one.
She has launched a new website called HillaryClintonOffice.com.
Right now it is nothing more than a great photo of her, minus the prescriptive glasses she has had to wear since her severe head injury. She looks strong and confident. No words are necessary. She stands looking directly at us, very presidential. Besides her name, the only other word is Contact so you can write her a question or a comment.
All of us readers of political tea leaves are now parsing the words in her website, Hillary Clinton Office. The first two are easy, but Office? She has just left the office of Secretary of State. So does Office mean Oval Office?
On Monday Hillary Clinton transferred the balance of her funds (after finally paying off her staggering debt from the 2008 campaign) from her old campaign organization to a new one, Friends of Hillary.
It was only a paltry $102,797, certainly a long way from the billion dollars or more she will need to raise for a presidential run. But never fear, money will pour in once she gives the word.
And a new super PAC called “Ready for Hillary” opened its website, filing its paperwork with the FEC last Friday.
Another super PAC was born this past January 10 in Davenport Iowa called simply Hillary Clinton Super PAC.
And while Clinton herself has played coy about a decision whether to run or not, saying she needs to rest or would like to stroll around India unescorted by security, no one is buying it.
If her health continues to improve and her popularity with the American public holds, she will be a formidable candidate in 2016. Sure she will be 69, but 69 today is not the same 69 of your grandmother’s day.
What Hillary needs is a year off to rest, eat healthy, slimming foods, work out, and do something she really likes to do for a year. Then in 2014 she eases into building her campaign war chest, which will have been swelling already without much prodding.
Finally in 2015 and 2016, it will be an all-out frontal assault: the campaign is officially underway. But if the tea leaves look in the cup then as they do now, she will have no challengers in the primary.
The grassroots are ready, the big money is ready, and by the looks of her new website, Hillary herself is ready.
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