Democrat politicians, positioning themselves to share in the spoils, are heaping endorsements on Hillary Clinton to run for President in 2016. Topping the list of lawmakers exalting the former First Lady and former Secretary of State are Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).
Clinton has not openly declared she is running in 2016. Yet, according to political strategist Tad Devine who helped Al Gore and John Kerry in their presidential bids, “She’s the prohibitive front-runner. She’s in a stronger position than anyone seeking the nomination other than an incumbent president in the last 40 years.” Clinton’s front runner status provides “a powerful inducement for figures to offer her early support,” he further commented.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, hoping to regain her leadership as Speaker of the House, also shares her support for the former First Lady. Pelosi recently stated, “If she were to run, I think that she would be the candidate, and I think she’d be one of the best prepared — and she would win.”
Besides Pelosi, Reid, and Schumer clamoring to jump on the Clinton band wagon, other less influential democratic legislators are trying to clutch onto the Clinton coattails. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), is willing to forget that she suggested in 2008 former President Bill Clinton may not be a good role model and that she wouldn’t let her daughter near him. Respecting the power of the Clintons, she now boasts, “I was one of the first to do the Ready for Hillary rollout. I’ve been publicly way out there for a while.”
Needless to say, there is good reason to be lending your support to Ms. Clinton. She and husband Bill prove to be exhaustive fundraisers and help draw potential voters to the polls, including female and minority voters. All of this means positive election outcomes and greater chances for Dems to win in their individual races. Moreover, an early coronation for Hillary will avoid unnecessary in-house battles that are often damaging in presidential primaries.