Breaking News! This may or may not come as shock to the Republican party, bashing a still unannounced candidate for the 2016 presidential election, but Hillary Clinton has most likely already (presumably) gone through menopause... so it only stands to reason that her menstrual cycle will not cloud her judgment as president. Sorry, guys.
I'm going to start by saying that we MUST be realistic about this. I'm not one to make blanket statement, especially when it comes to a political issue, however, I don't see it to be arguable that Miss Hillary Clinton is the only woman in the United States capable of winning the presidency against the GOP in 2016. I also do not want to suggest that, because of this, she has an obligation to run, because that is obviously a lot of pressure to put on a single person. At the same time, Hillary knows no pressure. Attacks from the right are not a foreign behavior to her and she's seen it all before. In addition, if she actually decides not to run, I have absolutely no idea when the next time a woman will actually have a chance at succeeding the presidency again. Do you?
Of course, there are plenty of other strong women whom I, personally, admire whole-heartedly and would vote for in a second. Elizabeth Warren is an extremely inspiring individual, for example, whose ideas I agree with 110% and believe would greatly benefit this country.
There is just one problem; It would seem that based on the amount of people who do NOT vote, young people in particular, not enough people closer to my age typically care enough about politics to even know who Elizabeth Warren is. That is not to say that no young person actually knows who Elizabeth Warren is because there are plenty of politically engaged young people. This is obviously something that should be crucial considering young people are the ones we NEED to vote in order to win elections and, honestly, they should be voting anyway, regardless of which party they belong to. That being said, however, I am not so sure there is a single person in the United States who has not at least heard the name Hilary Clinton at one time in their life. She was a very proactive first lady for eight years, a senator for New York, a Secretary of State, mending, for four years, all that Bush had broken with other countries. Her previous occupations are sincerely enough to qualify her even more so than any of the Republican candidates we predict will run for office. The fact that the democratic candidate will be a woman will draw enough attention to politics the same way Obama becoming the first black president did. It was the thrill of witnessing history in the making that got people my age excited in 2008.
The other sad truth is that the general public looks for strong candidates who do not lean too far to one side. The so-called "Clinton Machine" certainly has not been considered the most liberal bunch, nor the most conservative by any means. For someone as vocally liberal as Bernie Sanders, for example, to win would be very unlikely, the unapologetic socialist he is (We love you Bernie!). We can all sit and talk about how much we would prefer someone like Elizabeth Warren to run, but the fact of the matter is that it just isn't possible (We still love you, too, Liz!). It's the saddest thing, but it is what it is.
In regards to Hillary, I am a woman. Women died for my right to vote so I feel obligated to vote and I refuse to be stubborn and not vote just because one person may be a "lesser of two evils". Hardcore liberals can say what they want about Hillary and the not-so-democratic things she has done in the past, but if you are someone who feels as though it may finally be time for a women to be president, then if Hillary decides to run, the only logical thing to do would be to vote for the only women with a voice loud enough to be heard and balls bigger than those of the men she may or may not be running against. Lets be honest. I would take her over anyone in the Republican Party at this point in the game, anyway.
She clearly has had no need to make an announcement, however, if she really does in fact decide to run, all the power to her.