Report: Secretary Napolitano mulling a 2016 run?

posted at 6:21 pm on February 4, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Hillary Clinton’s answers on her future plans and potential presidential ambitions may be evolving, but even if she decides not to run, the Democrats may be looking for a lady to possibly lead the party, the better to keep the dynamism rolling and keep up this war-on-women meme of which they’re so fond. Other than Clinton and Biden, of course, Democrats have been expressing worries that their post-Obama bench might be looking a little thin in that area; ergo, enter… er… Janet Napolitano?

The Washington Post reports that the current Secretary of Homeland Security is actively keeping a weather eye on her options for a 2016 bid, should the obvious contenders bow out of the race:

Napolitano is quietly making it known that she is considering the race, and there is reason to take her seriously. …

While [governor] in Arizona, she was criticized for not being aggressive enough in dealing with the influx of illegal immigrants. But her more recent job gives her an opportunity to change that image. This week, for instance, finds her on a high-profile tour of the southwest border, where she will highlight the stepped-up resources that the Obama administration has been devoting to reducing the flow of illegal entrants to this country. …

Her current job compounds that difficulty. The fact is, most Americans don’t hear all that much about the Homeland Security Department unless something has gone wrong.

True — her national profile is relatively pretty low, but she has already spent time as an arguably successful state executive. Could she really be looking to use the immigration debate as an opportunity to put herself at the “forefront of an issue–and a constituency” that the Democrats will surely be trying to use to their advantage come 2016? I haven’t seen that much of her wading into the debate so far, but perhaps her decision to stay in Obama’s cabinet for a second term means that she thinks it’s her best possible platform from which to promote herself, or at least keep tabs on the situation?

I know, I know — it’s all still so very far away, which is why, on the other side of the partisan coin, Gov. Bobby Jindal (considered an actively aspiring GOP candidate himself) has been making the vociferous point that the GOP needs to take this time to start making a better case for their ideas over their particular candidates:

“Anybody on the Republican side even thinking or talking about running for president in 2016, I’ve said, needs to get their head examined,” Jindal told “Fox and Friends.” “And the reason I say that is, we’ve lost two presidential elections in a row, we need to be winning the debate of ideas, then we’ll win elections.” …

“We’re not winning the conversation, we’re not presenting our ideas, we’re not in that debate as well as we should be,” Jindal said. …

“The country doesn’t need four years of non-stop presidential — we just inaugurated a new term of this president’s second term,” Jindal said.


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..go on, laugh it up. with these crooks and a American Idol public, anything’s possible.

I remember back in late 2007 when everyone thought this inexperienced, short-term senator from Ill-a-noise would fall on his hatchet-asss in the primaries. Even Huge Hewittless (*spit*) was saying the only term Obama would be serving would be as Tony Rezko’s butt boy cell mate in the state slam.

The War Planner on February 5, 2013 at 10:25 AM

..an American Idol public..

The War Planner on February 5, 2013 at 10:25 AM

It’s too much to hope that she actually gets the nomination. There’s no way she’d get elected. I suspect, however, that we’ve seen the last person of strictly European descent at the top of the dem ticket for a loooooooooooong time.

totherightofthem on February 5, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Never happen.

1. She is not on William Ayers e-mail list.

2. She has never shown a real hate for the Constitution.

3. She is not near as good a liar as Bill or Hill Clinton, will never master the total lie like Obama.

4. She thinks PR is some one who was a Prior Republican.

5. She dated John McCain and knows he is not a lover boy.

6. She got no jive, got no hipsthathop.

7. She can not dance.

8. She never played basketball.

9. She is way to good looking.

10. She wears relaxed jeans to work.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM

It’s too much to hope that she actually gets the nomination. There’s no way she’d get elected. I suspect, however, that we’ve seen the last person of strictly European descent at the top of the dem ticket for a loooooooooooong time.

totherightofthem on February 5, 2013 at 10:26 AM

You’ve got to be kidding. She is the next step in the progressive progression of politically fashionable affirmative action selections: an overweight, dull-witted lesbian.

Can’t wait to see the dance number on Ellen!

/just shoot me now

M240H on February 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM

“We’re not winning the conversation…” said Jindal

That’s because the idiots still think there is a conversation. The other side stopped conversing a long time ago Slappy.

Nutstuyu on February 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Are you trying to tell met that those are different people?

besser tot als rot on February 4, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Why? Do you think the Constitution requires that the Prez and Veep be different people? Silly little right-winger.

Nutstuyu on February 5, 2013 at 11:12 AM

You’ve got to be kidding. She is the next step in the progressive progression of politically fashionable affirmative action selections: an overweight, dull-witted lesbian.

Can’t wait to see the dance number on Ellen!

/just shoot me now

M240H on February 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM

In the absence of the TSA fiascos and the public hating that agency and Big Sis being the face of it all, I’d agree with you. Provided she wasn’t of Italian descent. However, given her association with the TSA and how much the public loves being battered at the airport, I don’t think she stands a chance.

totherightofthem on February 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM

This or that

Schadenfreude on February 5, 2013 at 11:15 AM

There aren’t enough LGBT’s in the country to get her elected. No big deal.

jake49 on February 5, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Does she wear a Mansier??

ToddPA on February 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM

“arguably successful state executive”

What? WHAT?!
I live in AZ. She and her cronies left us with massive debt! Sales taxes went up thanks to her. People were so peeved, they elected the GOP to take over state government. Her efforts to fight illegal immigration were a joke.
If she runs she won’t even carry AZ!

Hard Right on February 5, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Napolitano/Sebelius 3016!

Marcola on February 5, 2013 at 6:47 PM

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