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VALRÖRELSE | Det är svårt att se att någon skulle kunna hindra Hillary Clinton om hon bestämde sig för att bli demokraternas presidentkandidat.

New York 30 september 2013

Clinton är en av de mest erfarna och respekterade politikerna inom sitt eget parti. Hon är en av de mest igenkända personerna i USA idag. Till och med respekterad bland republikaner.

Vad som bl.a. talar för henne är att hon redan har en erfaren kampanjstab som följt henne lojalt under många år. Hennes nätverk är imponerande.

Lägg sedan till att hennes man – Bill Clinton – är en av de skickligaste strategerna en presidentkandidat kan önska sig.

Det är också svårt att se att demokraterna ännu en gång skulle säja nej till möjligheten att placera en kvinna i Vita huset. Partiet har möjlighet att ännu en gå bli historiska.

Barack Obama var unik på mer än ett sätt. Men idag är det Clinton som står för det unika.

Det skulle säkert krävas minst en svart kvinnlig demokrat eller spansktalande för att demokrater skulle börja fundera på att lägga sin röst på någon annan än Clinton.

Och även om en sådan kvinna skulle dyka upp kommer hon aldrig att ha samma erfarenhet eller goodwill bland partiets gräsrötter eller väljarna för att kunna hota Clintons kandidatur.

Och då återstår bara frågan vad Clinton själv vill? Det är upp till henne själv om hon vill bli historisk eller inte. Om hon vill och orkar.

Joe Hagan skriver i tidskriften New York:

Political campaigns are built of personal narratives—and it works much better if the stories are true. The current arc of Hillary’s story is one of transformation. Being secretary of State was more than a job. Her closest aides describe the experience as a kind of cleansing event, drawing a sharp line between the present and her multiple pasts—as First Lady, later as the Democratic front-runner in 2008, derailed by the transformative campaign of Barack Obama but also by a dysfunctional staff, the campaign-trail intrusions of her husband, and the inherent weaknesses of the fractious, bickering American institution that has become known as Clintonworld.

At State, she was the head of a smoothly running 70,000-person institution, and fully her own woman, whose marriage to a former president was, when it was mentioned, purely an asset. And now that she’s left State, Clintonworld is being refashioned along new lines, rationalized and harmonized. [M]ost of those close to the Clintons acknowledge that to succeed in the coming years, Hillary will have to absorb the lessons of 2008. Currently, it’s a topline talking point among her closest aides.

“She doesn’t repeat her mistakes,” says Melanne Verveer, an aide to the First Lady who then served in the State Department as Hillary’s ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. “She really learns from her mistakes. It’s like, you want to grow a best practice and then always operate on that. She analyzes, ‘What went wrong here?’ ”

Of course, if Hillary’s future were to be an author, or a pundit, or a retiree, learning from mistakes wouldn’t be an issue. But other outcomes, where executive talents are prized, seem more likely. I ask Clinton the question that trails her like a thought bubble: Does she wrestle with running for president?

“I do,” she says, “but I’m both pragmatic and realistic. I think I have a pretty good idea of the political and governmental challenges that are facing our leaders, and I’ll do whatever I can from whatever position I find myself in to advocate for the values and the policies I think are right for the country. I will just continue to weigh what the factors are that would influence me making a decision one way or the other.”

Clintonworld, however, speaks with many voices­—albeit many of them not for attribution. Some of her close confidants, including many people with whom her own staff put me in touch, are far less circumspect than she is. “She’s running, but she doesn’t know it yet,” one such person put it to me. “It’s just like a force of history. It’s inexorable, it’s gravitational. I think she actually believes she has more say in it than she actually does.”

And a longtime friend concurs. “She’s doing a very Clintonian thing. In her mind, she’s running for it, and she’s also convinced herself she hasn’t made up her mind. She’s going to run for president. It’s a foregone conclusion.”

Tidskriftsomslag: New York, 30 september 2013

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