Hillary Clinton hasn't tossed her hat in the ring for 2016 but already she's ahead in the polls. In a general election head-to-head she already leads Jeb Bush by 9 percent and Marco Rubio by 11 percent in their home state of Florida.
The good news for her doesn't end there, a PPP survey this also finds her ahead of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Texas Governor Rick Perry in Texas.
On the Democratic side there's no emergent Barack Obama to challenge her candidacy, yet. And she has ample time to listen and refine her message, should she choose to run.
This week Clinton reemerged on the public stage to a rapturous welcome at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, to be followed today by a keynote speech at the Women in the World Summit. It’s been four months since she stepped down as Secretary of State but her profile hasn’t diminished.
For the GOP a popular Hillary Clinton is a nightmare. A potential 16 years of Democrats in the White House will include new Supreme Court picks, the copper fastening of health care reform, major immigration reform and other signature Democratic goals that were once consistently roadblocked.
According to the Daily Beast when looking for the negatives about her candidacy one of the most often repeated by conservatives at the moment is that Clinton will be 69 in 2016, forgetting that Ronald Reagan was 69 in 1980.
Currently Clinton is reportedly working on a memoir and policy book about her years as secretary of state. The book is tentatively scheduled for June 2014.
The timing is fortuitous. By launching her book tour in June 2014, Clinton will reportedly travel the country just as Democrats work to recapture the House in the fall midterm elections.
According to the New York Post her itinerary will be studied for any signs she may run for president in 2016, so stops in early voting states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina could be tip offs.
According to her publisher Simon & Schuster, Clinton will write about everything from the killing of Osama bin Laden and the Arab Spring to China and climate change.
A person familiar with the book said that Clinton does not plan to write about the 2008 campaign or any possible future runs.