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You know your campaign is in trouble when they start printing the “Hillary 2016″ bumper stickers

Last week was a really bad week for the Obama campaign.  And to make matters worse, key leaders in the Democratic Party were out again talking up his 2008 nemesis, Hillary Clinton,  for President in 2016.  Apparently the 2012 election is already over.  Somebody just needs to tell Barry.

The Hillary 2016 talk started back in March, partly I think to squelch rumors that Obama would dump Biden and put Hillary on the ticket as VP.  Nothing could be more ruinous to her future aspirations than being on the losing end of the 2012 election.  Key elements of the Democratic Party would blame her for Obama’s loss, much as there are still those establishment Republicans who blame Sarah Palin for the McCain debacle in 2008.

Back last March, James Carville, President of the Hillary 2016 Fan Club, got the ball rolling by teasing when asked about a Hillary bid: “I always assume that if people run, they will run again.”  New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was more direct:  “I think she would be incredibly well-poised to be our next Democratic president. “I think she’s extremely well prepared. I think her experience as secretary of State has not only elevated her stature and experience, but she’s proven she’s someone who can get things done and I think she’d be an outstanding candidate.”

Eliot Spitzer dropped by Politico last week to proclaim of Hillary: “I hope she does [run]. I endorsed her in 2008 as I think every New York elected official did. She is an individual of superb intelligence, judgment, experience. There’s not a résumé that can compare to hers and I think she knows how to make government work.”

Then there was hubby Bill on CNN building up Romney’s  “sterling reputation as a businessman” and while telling Luke Russert on MSNBC (“wink, wink, nod, nod”): “She is bone-tired — the job of secretary of state is far more grueling than that of the president, with the nonstop traveling, the constant jet lag, and the odd-hours phone calls to accommodate foreign officials’ schedules. Still I believe that when she gets some rest and has a chance to reflect on what she wants, the challenges facing the country will be too great for her to resist and she will change her mind.”

Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell offered to be her campaign manager free of charge, while ballyhooing her service as Secretary of State in a back-handed slap to Obama: “She is bone-tired — the job of secretary of state is far more grueling than that of the president, with the nonstop traveling, the constant jet lag, and the odd-hours phone calls to accommodate foreign officials’ schedules. Still I believe that when she gets some rest and has a chance to reflect on what she wants, the challenges facing the country will be too great for her to resist and she will change her mind,”

And over the weekend,  Nancy Pelosi declared of Hillary:  ” She’s our shot in 2016.  Why wouldn’t she run?  She’s a magnificent secretary of State.”

God, those Clinton people know how to stay on message.  Unlike Team Obama.

You know, I’m feeling better about Romney’s chances already.

 

 

 

 

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