Many analysts insist that Hillary Rodham Clinton intends to run for president, and already has adopted the political postures of a serious candidate. Her fans, however, have been busy for quite sometime.
Ready for Hillary - a grass-roots group and political action committee founded in January by former Clinton fundraisers - already claims 500,000 members, a donor base of 10,000 and contributions topping $1.25 million. The group is selling campaign buttons and wearables. Emily’s List, a PAC that supports progressive candidates, also has inaugurated a series of public events titled “Madam President.”
Of more serious note is Mrs. Clinton’s methodical, carefully planned trajectory onto the public radar through a series of policy speeches and town hall meetings that began with an appearance before the American Bar Association one week ago that drew much media coverage, and revealed future plans.
“Next month at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, I will talk about the balance and transparency necessary in our national security policies, as we move beyond a decade of wars to face new threats. And later in the fall, I will address the implications of these issues for America’s global leadership and our moral standing around the world,” Mrs. Clinton told her audience.
Though Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus has had much success protesting a pair of exquisitely timed Hillary documentaries on CNN and NBC, here’s a project he can do little about.
Mrs. Clinton is at work on a memoir, written with the help of Ted Widmer - a Center for American Progress scholar, historian and foreign policy speechwriter and adviser to President Bill Clinton - to be released by Simon and Schuster on June 1, 2014. The memoir is yet to be titled, but the publisher is already taking preorders.