Opening Act: 2016 Already Opening Act: 2016 Already

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Dec. 10 2012 9:14 AM

Opening Act: 2016 Already

I'm trying to avoid 2016 speculation, which suggests that my status as a political junkie is in deep decline. But when Jodi Kantor writes, you read.

David Weigel David Weigel

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

Mrs. Clinton may find that her freedom comes with one huge constraint. The more serious she is about 2016, the less she can do — no frank, seen-it-all memoir; no clients, commissions or controversial positions that could prove problematic. She will be under heavy scrutiny even by Clinton standards, discovering what it means to be a supposedly private citizen in the age of Twitter. With the election four years away — a political eon — she will have to tend and protect her popularity, and she may find herself in a cushy kind of limbo, unable to make many decisions about her life until she makes the big one about another White House try.
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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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