Okay – now that the parties have officially nominated their presidential candidates, Obama and Romney are fishwrap.
On to the next round!
From Thursday’s Politico (Burns & Haberman blog):
Gillibrand, at Iowa breakfast, says she’s all for Hillary 2016
At the Iowa delegation breakfast this morning — which, as Jonathan Martin and I write on the homepage today, has been the epicenter of 2016 activity this week — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said she is firmly in Hillary Clinton’s corner if the secretary of state decides to run.
“I am going to be the chairperson of Hillary Clinton 2016,” she told reporters after speaking to delegates when asked about her own presidential ambitions. “I’m hoping that Secretary Clinton runs. I really want to support her candidacy; I think she’d make a great president.”
Iowa! 2016! Hillary!
Also from Thursday’s Politico (also Burns & Haberman blog):
Schumer promotes Hillary 2016 in Charlotte
Via the HuffPo, Sen. Chuck Schumer, who earlier in the day repeatedly declined to speculate about 2016 in the context of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who made his sole public appearance in Charlotte this morning, was full-throated about the race four years from now in the context of Hillary Clinton:
“If she decided she wants it she can win it by acclimation,” Sen Charles Schumer of New York told The Huffington Post. “Of course I’m a Hillary fan. I was the last one to abandon ship in 2008.
“I want her to do it, and she’d win it if she did.”
North Carolina! 2016! Hillary!
So the New York Senatorial Cabal has weighed in (which is the political equivalent of calling five rails! in pool – read the full Burns & Haberman posts for details).
How about the New York Times?
From yesterday’s edition:
Looking Past November for a Preview of 2016
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Whether President Obama wins or loses in November, one thing is certain for Democrats on the morning after Election Day: the 2016 auditions begin.
Democrats gathering here for their national convention were given an early glimpse of some of the party’s ambitious prospects who have already started planting seeds for a potential presidential bid. It is far too early for a shortlist of prospective candidates, but nearly a dozen mayors, governors and members of Congress did little to hide their aspirations.
The Times piece then calls the roll, from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles to Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland to Vice President Joe Biden and beyond (although what’s beyond Biden is beyond the hardwondering staff).
As Russell Baker might (not) have said, the Great Mentioner is in the house.