Plotting Hillary's future

Hillary for president? For vice president? Here's how to read the sudden profusion of tea leaves

Robert Shrum

It is a political squall in an autumn of discontent, sparked by a provocative question from David Gregory on Meet the Press. He asked Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe, if he envisioned a primary challenge from Hillary Clinton to Obama's renomination in 2012.

Plouffe ducked— the president and the secretary of state are "a great team for America," he said — in a fruitless attempt to dismiss the notion without presuming to speak for Clinton 2.0. Instead the exchange inspired breathless headlines that Plouffe wouldn't rule out a Clinton challenge to Obama, followed by Gallup testing an Obama-Clinton matchup in a poll.

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