Standing outside in the hot Texas sun armed with dozens of posters, buttons and flyers, a small group of about 25 eager individuals attended a rally in the hopes of catching the attention of one woman. The small group of people, who represented a much larger grassroots movement, waved their hands in the air, jumped up and down with a growing anticipation and shouted as loudly as their voices would let them. To their utter disappointment, she never saw them, nor even acknowledged their efforts in any way.
Everyone outside the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas on that hot, humid Texas evening knew that some day she would graciously thank them for the multiple rallies and other gestures of support they had shown her, even when most outsiders ridiculed them as thinking “prematurely.” Even if it came years from when they had hoped, they all knew that one day, the woman they held up on such a high pedestal would make an announcement: that she, Hillary Rodham Clinton, was gearing up to succeed President Barack Obama in the 2016 presidential election.
Almost immediately after the results of the 2012 presidential election were made official, showing that incumbent President Barack Obama had been re-elected with more than 51 percent of the popular vote, all eyes looked towards the 2016 presidential election. On everyone’s mind was the question of who would throw hats in the ring and actually survive? For the Democrats, the 2016 presidential election would be a test to see if the general electorate had finally shifted away from the years of Reagan and the “Moral Majority,” as they believe it has, since the election would be their third win in a row if they can succeed.
To pull off this win, the entire Democratic Party seems to be rallying under former Secretary of State, former First Lady, former Senator and 2008 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Leading up into the 2008 Democratic primaries, almost everyone on both sides of the aisle believed the inevitable nominee would be Mrs. Clinton, since she had the most experience; then came Illinois Senator Barack Obama. The two senators then battled it out, with Sen. Obama winning the Democratic nomination, albeit by a very narrow margin.
Now, even after the bitter primary battle waged between Mrs. Clinton and then-Senator Barack Obama caused extreme divisions in the party, hardcore supporters of the Democrats are realizing that they need to act as a strong unified force if they want to keep the White House for at least another term. The easiest way to do so is to motivate the party’s base and nominate someone who is very well liked.
According to a McClatchy-Marist poll released in July, Mrs. Clinton takes the theoretical 2016 Democratic nomination with a strong majority of Democrats and Democrat-leaning Independents at 63 percent. Her closest opponent, current Vice President Joe Biden, is outnumbered 5-1, taking a mere 13 percent of the vote.
Get ready for round two of Hillary Clinton as the inevitable,” said Dr. Lee Miringoff, Director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “The big question is whether she runs.”
In the same McClatchy-Marist poll, Mrs. Clinton leads all possible Republican opponents by more than six percentage points. Her closest opponent, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie trails her by six points, receiving 41 percent to Mrs. Clinton’s 47 percent. The problem for Gov. Christie is it is quite possible he could lose in the Republican primaries to a more ideologically conservative candidate.
“In a crowded field, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is at the top of the list,” Miringoff said. “None of the potential Republican candidates who appeal to the more activist base of the party have broken free of the pack.”
With all of the information at hand, everything points to an inevitable run for president, and an inevitable win for Mrs. Clinton. However, even with the poll numbers being so high, and Mrs. Clinton most definitely sees the numbers, she still has not said a word about whether or not she intends to run for president in 2016. But maybe the independent super-PAC (Political Action Committee) Ready For Hillary can change all of that.
Ready For Hillary, according to its website, was “started by two volunteers in January 2013… a nationwide grassroots movement encouraging the former Secretary of State to run for president in 2016.” The super-PAC intends to raise financial support for a Clinton 2016 presidential candidacy, and it currently has over half a million supporters on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. In addition to raising funds, Ready For Hillary also has held multiple rallies in major cities around the country, including a recent one at the Las Colinas Four Seasons Resort and Club outside of Dallas.
The question is, can Ready For Hillary create a massive “army” of Clinton supporters through a grassroots network and motivate her to run? No one will know at least until after the 2014 midterm elections, but for now, Mrs. Clinton will continue to turn heads and be the focus of almost everyone waiting anxiously for the next round of presidential candidates.