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May 10, 2014

In 2016, Hillary looks to be tops on the ticket

“So,” I asked Big Freddy as I waved to the waitress for a coffee refill after we had done with revisiting the Derby, “Here we are one third of the way through May, what next?”

“If she doesn’t have to carry too much weight, Hillary,” Freddy said.

“I was referring to the Belmont and Preakness races, not her running for president,” I said.

“Horse races, presidential races -- how much weight you have to carry can make all the difference,” Freddy said.

“So she should go on a diet?” I asked.

“She’s lost that kind of weight,” Freddy said. “It’s Obama’s legacy kind of weight that’s down to 41 percent approval that’s important.”

“Well I don’t see anyone else ready in her party to take her if she runs,” I said.

“Democrats have a problem -- not with their hard core -- but with swing voters and first timers,” Freddy said. “If HiIlary runs, she stands to pick up those she had first time around, and a lot of those voted for Obama.”

“You’re right about that,” I said. “There are a lot out there from both parties and the middle who would rather have had her than him as president.”

“And there are those who like to make history for the second time,” Freddy said.

“But it’s her personal history that would make the greatest difference.

“She would bring her experience in three major ways: first as wife of Bill Clinton through eight years of his presidency; then her winning and serving as a U.S. senator from New York, followed by her four years as Secretary of State during Obama’s first term.”

“As things seem to be with the next Congressional elections just down the road, Republicans could take over both the House and Senate. But finding someone who had a chance to take on Hillary for president two years from now?

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