Post-election day special: In which I briefly consider the 2016 Presidential race

Cum grano salis, because I haven't voted since 1991.

Via New Rebellion University

We’ve been here before: Hillary Rodham Clinton lands in a major U.S. city for a speech. Her team bars the media from the speech. Local media documents the firm stiff-arm from Clinton Inc.

Happened in Miami. Happened in Atlanta. Now the San Francisco Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci reports it’s about to happen in San Francisco.

The former secretary of state will be speaking at a mammoth Saturday event for the National Association of Realtors at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. And later that day, she’s scheduled to appear at a “Millennial Network” event to benefit the Clinton foundation, at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom, Marinucci reports.

Both events will be closed to the press. [Washington Post]

There has been a minor drumbeat for some time about Hillary Clinton running for President in 2016, when she will be 69. I think there's probably a pragmatic explanation for keeping her speeches closed to the press. At age 66 and having probably had at least one mini-stroke, I’m guessing her verbal acuity is compromised. I remember her statements after Benghazi and thinking she sounded like a daft old woman. A fortiori, they don’t want any difficult questions about the numerous foreign policy debacles during her tenure shouted at her while she's just trying to earn an honest speaking fee.

Her value as a speaker stays up if it’s still an open question whether she’ll run for President.

Hillary Clinton is no Ronald Reagan, and there are plenty of people who will tell you Reagan showed signs of geriatric cognitive impairment from day one. It would take an awful lot of Botox and B12 shots to get her through a Democratic primary and Presidential campaign. Same for Kerry or Biden. I would be astonished if she runs for President in 2016. If she does, pass the popcorn.