Hillary Clinton is adamantly denying that she’ll run for President in 2016 so much that I’m actually starting to believe her. Whenever she’s asked about it, she doesn’t even leave the door open a little bit, which is surprising. I just don’t know. I can’t imagine that she would pass up the opportunity to be the first female President — and I don’t think anyone would deny that she’d be the front-runner if she ran. The firm denial that she keeps giving about a possible Presidential bid is curious, however. It’s not quite a General Sherman statement, but she’s gotten pretty close.
The 2016 campaign is a LONG way away, though (thankfully). A lot can happen between now and then. The fact that she’s stepping down as Secretary of State now has nothing to do with 2016. That’s a tough job, it’s rough being in a Presidential Cabinet, and few Cabinet members stay for even one full term, let alone two (Obama has had a remarkably stable Cabinet). I think she’s probably burned out and ready for something different.
As for General Petraeus, I’m not devastated. I had a lot of respect for the General, but I wasn’t in charge of his fan club or anything. I was very surprised, but I have no reason to be devastated. He didn’t cheat on me.