Rich Galen

Starting at about this point in every Presidential election cycle, every sitting or former U.S. Senator, Member of the U.S. House, and Governor, while they are brushing their teeth every morning, hums "Hail to the Chief" to see if they can make it fit.

So these 12 names are just the early entrants.

On C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program yesterday morning, Democrat (and Mullfave) Maria Cardona and I were discussing the issue of Hillary Clinton's Presidential ambitions. I reminded her and host Steve Scully that in 2007 Sen. Clinton was also being declared the next President of the United States "but a funny thing happened on the way to the West Front of the Capitol."

She lost.

But, she is doing the right things this cycle. According to an article in by Maggie Haberman:

Early last summer … Hillary Clinton met with a handful of aides for a detailed presentation on preparing for a 2016 presidential campaign.

Sen. Clinton got a detailed briefing about how much money it would take to run, when it would be needed, and all the other details we discussed above. If she does decide to run, she will have a campaign ready to spring into action.

But, Haberman wrote:

Clinton has as clear a path to the nomination as anyone could. But she also bears the scars from her 2008 battle, as do a number of her aides who remember vividly the toll the enterprise took on Clinton and everyone involved.

I added, after we got off the air, that Mrs. Clinton and I are the same age and the strains and struggles of a national campaign on a 69-year-old (two years hence) are not to be disregarded.

The odds of picking which one of 317 million people in the United States will take the oath of office on January 20, 2017 this far out are very long indeed.

On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to the Dan Balz and to the Maggie Haberman pieces and to the Wikipedia entry for Steve Scully.

Also, a wonderful Mullfoto of the grand daughters.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at