Monday, February 25, 2013

Missouri governor would be "very energetic" for Hillary campaign

There are three great pieces of info in Jonathan Martin's look at whether Hillary Clinton can clear the Democratic field in 2016 with the wave of her hand.

First, there's Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D), essentially endorsing her.

“I’d be very energetic about hitting the trail for [Clinton] if she decides to make that step forward.”

Then there's Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) with a pretty hilarious dig at Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's transparent, 2016 presidential ambitions.

.... as Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper put it with a bit more brevity when asked about Clinton’s impact on the campaign, “You should be asking Martin O’Malley.”

And finally, there's O'Malley himself, claiming that Hillary wouldn't clear the field -- once again, proving he's very interested in a run whether Hillary jumps in or not.

O’Malley, a Clinton supporter in 2008, praised the former Secretary of State and said she’d make a “great president” but suggested her entry into the race wouldn't effectively end the primary.

“I doubt it,” he said. “I don’t think anybody ever clears the field.”

Oh, one more thing: I'm starting a Hillary counter wherein we tally up how many times it's mentioned that she'll "freeze" the race or that the race is "frozen in place" until she decides what to do.

In this particular piece, Jay Nixon does the honors with:

"It does, I think, in many ways freeze the field."