Over Labor Day weekend, in between failed fishing excursions and burgers, my friends and I played a popular party game: Guess the likely 2012 presidential field.
We tossed around the usual suspects — Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty — and we agreed that if things don't get considerably better over the next two years, any one of them could give President Obama a run for his money. But for my friends — three thirty-something left-of-center moderates who voted for Obama in 2008 — only one name would make them consider pulling the lever for someone else: Hillary Clinton.
It's a ridiculous prospect. Clinton has insisted she will not run again. She's been a loyal soldier for Obama, and challenging an incumbent doesn't usually work out too well for the challenger.
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