While Hillary Clinton denies reports that she plans to run for president in 2016 and Michelle Obama has parried the same question saying she's eyeing Jay Leno's The Tonight Show job, there is a buzz growing about an all-woman Hillary-Michelle 2016 ticket.
According to the Washington Examiner, even though Hillary Clinton has not officially stepped into the presidential race, the buzz is growing for the "ultimate Hillary Clinton-Michelle Obama 2016 presidential power ticket." The Washington Examiner reports Democratic strategist Chris Lehane, said: "More than anything else, this reflects the growing awareness that it is time for the glass ceiling of the last old boys club to be firmly shattered."
Former Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile, said: "I look forward to the day when a woman can run for the presidency without so much parody and fanfare."
Former Clinton spokeswoman Karen Finney, said: "All due respect for President Obama and Vice President Biden, but that would truly be a dream team for America. Both women are proven effective leaders who've raise children, so dealing with Congress would be a snap!"
We may assume that Finney's line about "raising children" and "dealing wit the Congress" was meant tongue-in-cheek, but Hillary Clinton is already widely acknowledged as a top potential for the Democratic presidential ticket. According to Digital Journal, a recent Quinnipiac University poll shows that former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's approval rating is high. Her popularity rating outstripped all potential presidential opponents both in the primaries and general elections.
Quinnipiac University concluded: "Hillary is the most popular national figure in America."
The Inquisitr notes that Clinton even outstripped rising GOP star Chris Christie, New Jersey governor, whom many say has only his weight to contend with as a presidential candidate potential. Christie made a strong show in the Quinnipiac University poll outperforming Vice President Joe Biden 43-40 percent and beating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo 45-28, after he was snubbed by the Conservative Political Action Conference.
According to Quinnipiac University polling institute's assistant director Peter Brown, "Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton would start a 2016 presidential campaign with enormous advantages. She obviously is by far the best known, and her more than 20 years in the public spotlight allows her to create a very favorable impression on the American people."
But what about Michelle Obama? Being the first lady has never been recognized qualification for the White House. However, promoters of the Hillary-Michelle ticket say Mrs Obama has demonstrated her ability to pursue voter-friendly initiatives and she has scored high in polls in the past.
The Washington Examiner reports there have been suggestions that Obama would be a good Illinois Senate candidate but others think pairing her with Clinton would forge a political and fundraising machine that would simply be unbeatable.
While it may sound to many like a joke, the Hillary-Michelle 2016 ticket is being taken seriously in some circles. Cafepress has bumper stickers that read "2016-Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama," and "Hillary-Michelle 2016 First First Lady Ticket For President."
The Inquistr reports that Cafe Press said sales of the bumper sticker increased by 60 percent in the past few months.
WND reports that an iReporter for CNN William J. O'Reilly said Michelle isn't just another Jackie Kennedy. He said "Michelle Obama, with her bearing, with her intelligence, with her degrees from Princeton and from Harvard Law School – added to that, Hillary Clinton’s precedent in seeking and gaining political office – mark my words, Michelle Obama will run for president."
But not everyone is taking the Michelle potential seriously. A Democratic polllster John Zogby, said: "Hillary and Michelle are both very popular and accomplished, but this smacks of too much celebrity and is a tad too dynastic for American voters. An interesting reality show, yes. A ticket, no."