Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016, at least according to the New Yorker’s David Remnick.
The magazine editor made the conclusion while reporting from prestigious Saban Forum, this year called “U.S.-Israeli Relations in a Changing Environment.”
“Everyone had a theory of which they were one hundred percent certain,” wrote Remnick on what Clinton would do after she steps down from her secretary of state post. “There wasn’t much doubt about the ultimate direction. 2007-8 was but a memory and 2016 was within sight. She’s running,” wrote Remnick.
He detailed how before Clinton spoke at the forum, a pricey-looking tribute video lauding her was played, which included praise from Israeli politicians including Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak and American colleagues like John Kerry.
“The film was like an international endorsement four years in advance of the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary. The tone was so reverential that it resembled the sort of film that the Central Committee of the Communist Party might have produced for Leonid Brezhnev’s retirement party if Leonid Brezhnev would only have retired and the Soviets had been in possession of advanced video technology,” said Remnick.
Of course, Clinton has repeatedly said she’s not running. So, who to believe?
MSNBC political analysts former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and Salon’s Joan Walsh weighed in on Monday night’s Hardball.
“I believe what Hillary says right now,” said Rendell. “I believe she’s tired, she’s beat up, and if you injected her with sodium pentathal and said are you going to run for president, she’d say no. Is she persuadable? Of course she is.” The Democrat added that “I don’t think it’s a done deal by any means.”
Walsh agreed, saying Clinton was “probably draftable,” adding that “she probably thinks she doesn’t want to do it but when she gets cajoled and guilt-tripped by liberals and women” and others who support her, she might change her mind.
Walsh warned that Clinton shouldn’t let the tribute video go to her head. “The most dangerous thing for Hillary Clinton is to believe what people are telling her, about she walks on water. We had an inevitable front-runner in 2007 in the Democratic party, only she lost. And I would hate to see that happen again…the sense that it’s just hers for the asking I think is poison,” she added.