Last weekend, a New York Times piece on brilliant Republican strategy to cast Hillary Clinton as too old to run for president blew up the Internet. On Monday, Politico reported on the Democratic Party's response, which can more or less be summarized in three words: No, she's not. Duh. (Okay, four.)
“If Secretary Clinton runs, she’ll be the nominee — the first female nominee of either party,” said Stephanie Cutter, a former top adviser to the Obama White House and campaign. “That breaks through the ‘old’ tagline that the Republican geniuses are cooking up because, if handled correctly, women of all ages will absolutely be inspired by that. I don’t recommend that be the totality of her message or platform, but there’s no way to hide that fact and it certainly shouldn’t be discounted."
Democrats anticipate the idea of the first female president would be massively inspiring to many.
“The energy that would come if she decides to do that would be cross-generational, and cross-gender,” said Jeremy Bird, who who led the Obama campaign’s field organization.
I can't help but feel that even Democrats are missing the mark just a little bit, however. I'm dying for a woman president and would be psyched about any compelling female candidate — and there are other potentials besides Hillary.
Here's the thing. Voters would be thrilled about a Hillary Clinton run not only because she is a woman, but also because she's Hillary. The country (and world) watched Clinton be totally in her element as Secretary of State, visiting a record-setting 112 countries. She's more than reshaped her previous image of being cold and overly aggressive with moves like her hilarious response to the viral Texts From Hillary tumblr and the backstage selfies with Chelsea she tweeted in June. She continues to do important global work via the Clinton Foundation.
Bottom line: When was the last time a political action committee launched for a presidential candidate three years before the election in question, with no word from said candidate confirming her run? It's called Ready For Hillary, not Ready For A Female President, guys.