Could Hillary mount a primary challenge to Obama in 2012?

Richard Carter | 10/12/2012, 4:17 p.m.
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Then there's Clinton's presidential ambitions-despite denials. Her unrequited love for the job is well-known, and continuing negative poll numbers by Obama among independents-especially on the economy-could prompt her to make the move.

Those who believe Clinton really wants to wait until 2016 to run again are kidding themselves. A Gallup Poll early this year voted her the most admired woman in the world for the ninth straight year, which certainly wasn't lost on Clinton. By the way, Palin was second-and both beat out Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama.

Remember now, Clinton demonstrated a palpable disdain for Obama when debating him in the 2008 campaign. And when Obama admitted he wasn't a particularly organized person, she reminded him the president "is really a chief executive officer able to manage and run the bureaucracy."

And who can forget Clinton's biting "3 a.m." campaign ad featuring sleeping kids, which took Obama to task for his inexperience. To wit:

"It's 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. But there's a phone in the White House and it's ringing. There is something happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call. Whether it's someone who already knows the world leaders and knows the military. Someone who is tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world. It's 3 a.m., and your children are asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?"

So forget about the smiles, glad-handing, hugs and mutual compliments Obama and Clinton have shared during her term as secretary of state. Everyone knows he only appointed her to that position to get her out of the way and keep her from criticizing him.

With the bloom off his rose in the wake of the 2010 midterms-and unemployment currently at 9.1 percent-Obama's "hope and change" has fallen flat. The facts don't lie.

Bottom line: Could 2013 be the year a woman is sworn in as president?

If Clinton jumps in, she would be joining U.S. Rep Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who's already running, and perhaps Palin, who waits in the wings. Excitement would reign supreme.