File photo, 2008
As she approaches mandatory retirement age, Hillary Clinton will announce formally her second bid to be president, nearly eight years after receiving more votes in the primaries than Barack Obama but losing the nomination anyway. Unlike Dick Nixon in 1968, her bid comes not 16 years after first arriving on the national scene, but 24 years later. And unlike Nixon in 1968, she will be 69 next year, not 55.
Her chance was 2004. If an idiot like John Kerry can come within 2 points of taking Ohio and winning the presidency, surely she could have beaten even a 9/11-fueled George W. Bush.
Remember how Bill Clinton challenged and defeated the previous President Bush despite the Gulf War victory?
But she and her husband played it safe that time. The result was a second term for Bush, two terms for Obama and no terms for her. At 67, she has to go out and hit the hustings and paste the smile on at all those carefully staged photo ops in all those awful diners and Chipotle's.
Carly Fiorina on the Republican ticket would devastate Hillary's chances, which are less than 50-50 going in. Carly beat cancer, rose from secretary to CEO, and doesn't have a slush fund of donations from foreign tyrants.
I don't see where Democrats have much choice.
I also don't see where they have much chance.
But we shall see.