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April 19, 2014

Column: Why Hillary? The public awaits her answer

Well, Hillary Clinton has given us a lot to think about, again.

If someone threw a shoe at you, would you (A) duck; (B) catch it to see what size it is and whether it fits; (C) laugh and say it’s either a bat or you’re at Cirque du Soleil. Choosing C, Hillary is being hailed as (1) quick thinking; (2) witty; (3) self-possessed enough to be president.

Absent any other exciting political figures, attention is being lavished on the former first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state on the foregone conclusion she’ll run for president in 2016. There’s a Ready for Hillary political action committee in McLean, Va., collecting money to make Hillary run and at least 12 super PACS, including Stop Hillary, raising money against her. Actually, they can use the money however they want.

The “Ready for Hillary” Internet store offers T-shirts, mugs, magic markers, buttons, lapel pins, hoodies, men’s and women’s long-sleeved shirts, hats, onesies for babies, smart phone cases, water bottles, key straps and, of course, bumper stickers. There are champagne glasses, cocktail napkins, medals, car magnets, tote bags and yard signs. Prices range from $4 to $60.

There have been 200 Ready for Hillary events around the country. The PAC says it has raised $5.75 million from 55,000 donors and shipped out 300,000 bumper stickers; 700,000 have signed up to help if Hillary decides to run.

Hillary says she still has to figure out why she’d run. “I am thinking about it, but I am going to continue to think about it for a while,” she says. “The hard questions are not do you want to be president, or can you win. The hard questions are why. Why would you want to do this and what can you offer that could make a difference.”

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