Crack organizers from President Obama’s campaigns are the latest political honchos to join the Clinton-for-President movement and, like others involved, they say they are just trying to make things “Ready for Hillary” if she decides to run. But the bandwagon effect is fueling an “inevitability” narrative that damaged Clinton in 2008, and is allowing her no reprieve from politics.
The Ready for Hillary super PAC announcement of a partnership with 270 Strategies, coming on top of earlier testimonials from prominent Democrats, feeds the impression that the non-existent Clinton campaign is a runaway train about to reach top speed (albeit without an engineer at the controls). Former Clinton campaign aide Mo Elleithee says the actual significance of the new partnership is merely that “there are a lot of people that want her to run. That’s all it means. She is not in this race yet and there’s no guarantee that she ever will be.”
The early and intense focus on Clinton recalls 2008, when she was wrongly assumed to be the prohibitive frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. The constant spotlight now means Clinton remains a political target even as friends and associates say she is trying to focus on advocacy, speeches, and writing a book about her tenure as secretary of state. “What they’re doing is fantastic,” Elleithee says of Ready for Hillary, but “I do think it is adding to the hyper-politicization of every move she makes.” He says her advocacy for women, children, and families, a lifelong crusade, is more important to her right now than politics.