On the afternoon of Jan. 5, 2013, a Drudge Report banner headlined the question,"She [Hillary Clinton} makes it official?" beneath an image of a bumper sticker appearing as a recruitment push for Hillary Clinton to toss her heels in the ring as a candidate for president in 2016. Almost immediately, Matt Drudge followed with a tweet on his Twitter page, "Hillary makes her move, two years to the day of Iowa 2016. Her biggest roadblock: Her Health."
Drudge may be jumping the gun a bit on whether this is indeed an unofficial "official" announcement that Hillary is going for it. It's possible Drudge knows something he isn't sharing; however, at this time, The Drudge Report is providing no evidence that Hillary is making "her move."
According to the source referenced on the Drudge Report, his information is based on an email encouraging Hillary supporters to join a grassroots movement to let Hillary know she has their support if she decides to run. This recruitment effort was distributed by the Ready for Hillary Political Action Committee offering a free bumper sticker which states, "I'm ready for Hillary," not "Hillary is ready."
The email, signed by former Democratic presidential candidate General Wesley Clark, clearly indicates Hillary remains firmly in the decision making stage. An excerpt follows:
Hillary has what it takes to be the next President of the United States. But today, as she decides whether to run she needs to see our support. Now is the time to get our support for Hillary organized and ready for 2016. Claim your free sticker: Proudly put your support for Hillary on display and tell your friends to do the same.
Additional fuel for speculation was provided within hours of the Drudge tease by Time reporter, Zeke Miller, who reported "Hillary is laying the groundwork for a potential second attempt at the White House." Miller noted Hillary's 2008 Presidential Campaign rented its email list to Ready for Hillary. Regardless, speculation is and will remain high until Hillary puts folks out of their misery.
The last person who kept the public and potential rival candidates breathless with anticipation about whether she would run or wouldn't run for president was Sarah Palin. Almost until the last second, still airing ads that seemed presidential, Palin continued to leave her followers hanging, awaiting the final word from her. It remains to be seen if Hillary will follow Palin's example.
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