New Hampshire, Next Summer

Stay with me here:

Data Point #1: Barack Obama’s free-fall in the polls. Data Point #2: Hillary Clinton’s rising popularity.

The next steps:

December, 2010: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton resigns. Says she’s “accomplished what she set out to do” and has “restored America’s position and standing in the world.” Will devote time to writing a “major book about America’s challenges, and opportunities, in a complex, multi-polar world.”

June 2011 – August 2011: The Clintons, inexplicably and very publicly, summer on Squam Lake, in New Hampshire. Lots of Hillary sightings in and around the area, criss-crossing the state. Bill and Hillary at the farmer’s market. At a county fair. You get the idea. ‘What’s she doing in New Hampshire?’ the media wonders.

Labor Day 2011: Delivering the Goods: What I Learned at the State Department, What I Learned from Main Street hits the bookstores. It’s a big bestseller. And very critical of the Obama administration.

September 2011: Terry McCauliffe block-books a couple of floors in the Hampton Suites in Iowa City, IA, and the Manchester Marriott in Manchester, NH.

October 1st, 2011: It’s on. Official. Announcement on Jay Leno during her book tour.

January 16th, 2012: Iowa Caucuses. She wins?

January 24th, 2012: New Hampshire primary. She wins?

You didn’t think she was really going to give up, did you?