Hillary Clinton speculation hits another high point


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Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but for political leaders, speculation may be an even greater compliment.

If that's true, then Hillary Clinton must be feeling pretty good about herself on Tuesday, with several bits of conjecture swirling around the former Secretary of State and salivated-over possible 2016 contender. One is the oh-so-critical question, of course, of who might play the former first lady in the upcoming movie, "Rodham," about her early career as a Washington lawyer. (Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Scarlett Johansson are reportedly in the running.)

And in a story titled "Who would Hillary hire?", Politico examines the question of who the popular potential candidate would put on her team were she to run for president in 2016. The article reveals that Clinton might actually start a Twitter feed soon, a momentous event in the social media world, especially given the popularity her husband's @billclinton feed has already generated (not to mention the infamous "Texts from Hillary" Tumblr).

But all speculation (and joking) aside, the Politico story is worth a read, not only for its political gossip but for its smart insight into what a campaign team needs in order to be managed well. Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thursh write that in the 2008 campaign, "Hillary Clinton committed so many management sins it was hard to keep track of them all — yet none was worse than failing to establish a coherent, functional chain of command." Learning from those mistakes and preventing infighting between loyalists, outside voices and any meddling from her husband will be her staff's greatest challenge. Lucky for her, she's likely to have her pick of people to help her.

Jena McGregor is a columnist for On Leadership.

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Jena McGregor writes a daily column analyzing leadership in the news for the Washington Post’s On Leadership section.
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