Hillary Clinton may be the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee in 2016 to most pundits, and the media in general, but her silence and lack of specificity on her potential candidacy has many in the press baffled.
That includes the Associated Press’ White House Correspondent Julie Pace, who appeared on Morning Joe on Tuesday to talk about the potential candidates. She wasn’t too sure what a Clinton candidacy would be like:
One of the issues with Clinton is we’re not exactly sure what her message is, why she’s running for president.
Another Morning Joe guest, former White House senior advisor David Axelrod, isn’t sure what to make of a potential Hillary run either:
And what happened in 2008 was that Hillary’s candidacy got out in front of any rationale for it. And the danger is, that’s happening again. You hear ‘Ready for Hillary.’ It’s like, ‘ready for what?’
And now Hillary’s task is to define what it is that she’s running for and running about and what would the future look like under another President Clinton, and I suspect that what’s she’s taking her time working through now. But she has to answer that question.
While Clinton searches for a message for 2016, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) name has surfaced as a legitimate potential alternative to Hillary, thanks in part to her fiery populist message that the far left of the Democratic Party loves so much. That has put increasing pressure on Clinton to do or say something—even though Warren has said she won’t run in 2016.
One further sign that Hillary is in trouble is that Chris Matthews—he of the Obama “thrill up my leg” comment—questioned last week whether Clinton has the motive, passion and spontaneity to run for president. This, after he already declared last year that he was supporting a Clinton candidacy.
While Matthews hasn’t abandoned Clinton, he is certainly less enthused than he was, and that’s not good news for her. She’s going to need all the help she can get from the liberal media to win the nomination.