Not even Newt Gingrich giving us his best Nate Silver impersonation or Nate Silver himself being Nate Silver was enough to coerce Hillary Clinton from what she's been telling us for the past two years, not to mention the past week: she won't be running for president. "I've said I really don’t believe that that's something I will do again," Clinton tells Barbara Walters in an early clip released from Walters's 10 Most Fascinating People special, set to air tonight. "I am so grateful I had the experience of doing it before. I think there are lots of ways to serve, so I’ll continue to serve." As if that wasn't clear enough, there's one more denial:
I just want to see what else is out there. I’ve been doing this incredibly important and satisfying work in Washington as I say for 20 years. I want to get out and spend some time looking at what else I can do to contribute.
As late as last week, The New York Times's Jodi Kantor reported, Clinton was still telling friends she's not running — even though that Sunday front-page story was all about when and if she will. If you look far back as 2010, Clinton has been telling everyone that she isn't running. But instead of listening to her, maybe because we think we know better, people like political over-estimator Newt Gingrich and political number witch Nate Silver have both come out this week and said that Clinton would immediately become the frontrunner in 2016. Which, yeah, obviously.