Chris Cillizza: Hillary Is Definitely Running

Monday, 09 Jun 2014 10:47 AM

By Lisa Degnen

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The Washington Post 's Chris Cillizza says Hillary Clinton is running for president.

"That simple sentence is one that the political-media complex seems incapable of uttering though evidence is sprinkled absolutely everywhere — including in comments from Clinton herself — that she will be a candidate in 2016," Cillizza wrote in the Post's "The Fix" blog.

Cillizza wrote that Ready for Hillary, a super PAC "designed to pave the way for her eventual bid, began as a quasi-lark by some well-meaning supporters. Today, it has all the looks of a sort of holding tank for top Hillary campaign talent, including old allies (Harold Ickes) to new ones (Obama-ites Mitch Stewart and Jeremy Bird). "

"Operatives of that level — and in Ickes’s case that close to Clinton — don’t sign on to a flight of fancy," Cillizza wrote.

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Cillizza also said Clinton is already starting to line up serious endorsers, including Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who was the first elected figure who endorsed Barack Obama when he began his 2008 presidential campaign. Others who have signed on to the Clinton campaign train are New York's Sen. Charles Schumer and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Cillizza wrote a leak last week from her new book "Hard Choices" to Politico was a deliberate attempt to switch the narrative on her role in the Benghazi attacks. It "got her side of the story out amid ongoing attacks from Republicans on the circumstances surrounding the attacks in the Libyan city," Cillizza wrote.

Clinton's memoir itself is evidence that she is running, Cillizza wrote. He he cites the closing of the book where Clinton says: "The time for another hard choice will come soon enough."

The Post columnist says that there is no benefit to Clinton to declare at the moment that she is running for the country's highest office.

"She is such a heavy favorite for the Democratic nomination that nothing in the contest will move until she does," Cillizza wrote. "Plus, she is already universally known and according to new Washington Post-ABC News polling, well-liked by Democratic voters. The longer Clinton can avoid looking overly political — while still accruing all the advantages of her front-runner status — the better her chances in the general election. She and her team know that well."

Cillizza wrote there is "the possibility — albeit a very, very slim one at this point — that she won’t run."

"I know I have a decision to make," the former first lady told People magazine. "But part of what I've been thinking about, is everything I'm interested in and everything I enjoy doing — and with the extra added joy of 'I'm about to become a grandmother,' I want to live in the moment. At the same time I am concerned about what I see happening in the country and in the world."

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