Is Hillary Clinton's new hairstyle a 2016 makeover? Or do we need to chill?
Hillary Clinton has a new hairstyle, which can only mean she is absolutely, definitely, positively running for president. Or maybe not. But the move to push her into the White House is gaining steam.
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He continued: “Their energy and enthusiasm to convince her to run is inspiring, though only she in the end can make that very personal decision.”
Still, several longtime Clinton allies and boosters have signed on, including a band of formidable fundraisers: former California Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher; Shelly Porges, a former senior adviser of the State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP); and Esprit cofounder Susie Tompkins Buell, among them.
The group also aims to open chapters on college campuses this fall, another early nod to one critical element of Obama’s success – the youth vote.
And then, what’s a burgeoning movement without the swag? All available for purchase ... T-shirts ($30), iPhone home button dots ($10), baseball caps ($35), and what looks like a unisex tote bag ($35) emblazoned with Clinton’s visage and the word ‘READY’ or the group’s ‘H’ logo.
And finally – at least for this week – Emily’s List is taking its ‘Madame President’ pitch to Des Moines in time for the Iowa State Fair, a must-go for all those White House hopefuls aiming to grip and greet voters in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. Emily’s List, which advocates for female Democratic pro-abortion rights candidates for office, will hold a town hall meeting Aug. 9 to discuss its data indicating a national readiness for a woman in the country’s top elected job.
"Our polling shows that Iowa voters are absolutely ready to elect our first woman president and now is the time to capitalize on that energy and enthusiasm," said Stephanie Schriock, the group’s president. "Emily's List is eager to lead this discussion in the state that is the first step to the White House – and offer a clear contrast to the Republican 2016 hopefuls who'll be hawking their backwards agenda at the Iowa State Fair."
It’s at least a year until primary stumping begins in earnest, but let’s remember that Iowa caucus-goers elevated Obama in 2008 over Clinton (and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards), giving the then-first-term US senator from Illinois a much-desired legitimacy at the start of a long nomination fight. Perhaps with some of Obama’s faithful allies on her side and groups like Emily’s List focused laser-like and early on key contests, Clinton will see an easier path to the nomination in 2016.
Otherwise, what will her hopeful supporters do with all those ‘H’ iPhone home buttons?