While the chattering classes are all abuzz these days about whether Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016, not much attention is paid to the fact that she has precious little time to make up her mind, even if she doesn’t announce it.


Republicans clearly want Hillary to take a pass and settle into political retirement. They’re well aware of polls showing that she would enter the race as a heavy favorite to defeat whomever the GOP might nominate to oppose her. That’s why the likes of Karl Rove already are resorting to nonsensical theories that Hillary suffered brain damage when she was injured in a fall last year. By sending a message that she’ll face all kinds of invective if she runs, they’re trying to scare her away.


But such messages aren’t likely to force Hillary’s hand more quickly than a certain other factor is: She owes it the Democratic Party to make up her mind in fairly short order. If she decides not to run, there will be other Democrats interested in making the race, and they’ll need time to get themselves prepared.


Another way of looking at this is that the longer Hillary puts off a formal declaration of candidacy, the more likely it is that she’s going to run. Indeed, there will soon be an unofficial deadline, after which her decision can be taken for granted.

While the chattering classes are all abuzz these days about whether Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016, not much attention is paid to the fact that she has precious little time to make up her mind, even if she doesn’t announce it.

Republicans clearly want Hillary to take a pass and settle into political retirement. They’re well aware of polls showing that she would enter the race as a heavy favorite to defeat whomever the GOP might nominate to oppose her. That’s why the likes of Karl Rove already are resorting to nonsensical theories that Hillary suffered brain damage when she was injured in a fall last year. By sending a message that she’ll face all kinds of invective if she runs, they’re trying to scare her away.

But such messages aren’t likely to force Hillary’s hand more quickly than a certain other factor is: She owes it the Democratic Party to make up her mind in fairly short order. If she decides not to run, there will be other Democrats interested in making the race, and they’ll need time to get themselves prepared.

Another way of looking at this is that the longer Hillary puts off a formal declaration of candidacy, the more likely it is that she’s going to run. Indeed, there will soon be an unofficial deadline, after which her decision can be taken for granted.