Hillary Clinton stepped down as Secretary of State earlier this year. Michelle Obama’s gig as first lady will expire at the end of her husband’s current term as president. You know what that means: Let the speculation about a Hillary-Michelle presidential ticket begin!
The idea comes floated our way via a column in the Washington Examiner. “Hillary Clinton hasn’t stepped into the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries yet and there’s already buzz growing for the ultimate grrl power ticket,” writes Paul Bedard. (Note: Quoting that sentence does not mean I approve of the gross term “ultimate grrl power ticket.”)
The Clinton-Obama ticket may be unlikely, there are a few reasons to think it’s not exactly impossible. While it’s not clear what her next move will be, her approval rating is sky-high. A poll taken in February found she was more popular among Americans than President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and potential 2016 Republican candidates Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan. Michelle Obama is also extremenly popular, although her current ratings are lower than they were a few years ago.
“All due respect for President Obama and Vice President Biden, but that would truly be a dream team for America,” former Democratic spokeswoman Karen Finney tells the Washington Examiner. “Both women are proven effective leaders who’ve raise children, so dealing with Congress would be a snap.”
Another Democratic strategist said of the potential pairing: “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.”