by Benajmin J. Kirby
I have been loathe to speculate on the 2016 Presidential Election -- my god, people, we still haven't washed all the 2012 stink off yet -- but the David Remnick piece in the New Yorker is interesting, and reported through an interesting lens: that of the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
He goes on to say, rather matter-of-factly, that for sure, without a doubt, Hillary Clinton is running for President of the United States in 2016.
I never really thought she wasn't, frankly, and the dead giveaway was the fact that she announced up-front that she wouldn't stay on for a second Obama term as Secretary of State. That's the savvy announcement of a wise woman right there, folks. She recognized the George W. Bush fatigue after two terms with that guy. And she remembered the nation's fatigue all too well, I'm sure, after two terms with her husband.
There will be Obama fatigue in four years, too. And she's better off setting a little distance now than two and-a-half or three years from now.
What's more, it's a pretty safe bet the Palestinians and the Israelis will still be doing their awful things in four years, too. Better to let that be someone elses problem than hers as she ramps up a presidential campaign.
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Not all that long ago, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) was, as the head of the chair of the Democratic National Committee, the recipient of some negative speculation about her tunure there.
Well, I guess they got that wrong.
Wasserman Schultz is going to be back at the DNC for another term -- and everything Cillizza says in that piece linked above is right. She was a good soldier for Team Obama, she helped deliver Florida, and she is at a good place in terms of her career (which is a nice way of saying where else could she go?).
Frankly, I never understood why she wasn't "beloved" by the Obama people. She seems like a pretty capable leader to me. If you don't think so, I would refer you to the 2012 Election Results. Just sayin'.
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Eight insights about Election 2012. All of them... true enough.
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I think it's really interesting that the restaurant honchos who complained about Obamacare are hurting their own brand.
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I'm not a big fan of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, but I do hope she's okay.
High-profile politicians disappearing for extended periods of time generally doesn't end well.
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