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President Clinton?

Posted: June 27, 2013 10:33 a.m.
Updated: June 28, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Netroots Nation, the largest gathering of liberal activists in the country, was held recently in San Jose, Cal., and while Hillary Clinton was not there in body, she was apparently there in spirit. The uber-lefters booed Clinton back in 2006 when they decided they’d rather cast their lot with Barack Obama; they saw him as a true liberal, whereas they didn’t like Clinton's support of the Iraq war and were still seething about her husband’s move to the center during his presidency. That was a move, by the way, that was one of the most shrewd in American political history.

But Clinton seems to have been forgiven by those at Netroots Nation, and presumably, other leftists across the country. Perhaps they’re also realistic, realizing there’s no other promising Democrat out there to step up to the task. And Hillaryitis is at its peak; she’s more popular than she’s ever been, and would indeed be a formidable candidate were she to decide to seek the White House.

To conservatives and middle-of-the-roaders, the Clinton legacy has grown softer. The nation’s economy was steady; people were optimistic. After George W. Bush’s tenure and now Obama’s, a few years of Clinton might not seem so bad. In any event, she’s playing her cards shrewdly, not tipping her hand or her motives. But don’t be surprised if she decides to try to become the second President Clinton.


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