About the only professional definition
Hillary Clinton owns up to right now is
“former Secretary of State.” She doesn’t talk of or even
hint at the 2016 presidential race. But Washington is a city of
and speculators, and Clinton gave them a lot of fodder this
week. On Tuesday she made
her first speech since leaving the cabinet, with an appearance
at the 2013 Vital Voices
Global Leadership Awards at the Kennedy
At the same time it was revealed that she will make her first
paid speech on April
24 in Dallas to the National Multi Housing Council.
The Dallas appearance is interesting because on that same day, and in the same city,
another “non-candidate,” former Florida governor
Jeb Bush, is also making a speech—to the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. The next
day, Clinton and Bush will appear together at Southern Methodist University for the
dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, along with President
Barack Obama and the former presidents
Bush (W. and H.W.),
Bill Clinton, and
Jimmy Carter. In the realm of political speculation, a Clinton-Bush presidential contest is beguiling.
But that’s not all. On Thursday, Simon & Schuster announced Clinton had secured a
deal for a book about her “key decisions and experiences” as Secretary of State. That’s
the kind of weighty subject presidential candidates like to tackle in book form. No
title yet and no word on her advance, but she was paid a reported $8 million for her
And there’s more. The US Global Leadership Coalition, which is chaired by
Colin Powell and includes former secretaries of State and Defense and members of Congress, Friday
announced a new addition to its National Advisory Council. Who could that be? If you
guessed Hillary Clinton, you would be correct.
Could the timing of events and announcements this week just be a lot of coincidences?
From our experience, there are no coincidences in politics.