Don't ask her; she has no idea! (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

If Ken Burns needs an idea for what American pastime to document in great detail for his next documentary series, we humbly submit our country's great quadrennial tradition of wondering whether Hillary Clinton will be running in the next presidential election.

Not only does there appear to be a market for such a documentary (just type Hillary Clinton and any presidential year in Google), but it is getting harder to differentiate the different instances our great festival of speculation. Such a history would also give old Clinton staffers and people who have been dreadfully wrong during our early years of celebrating Hillarysgiving something to do -- namely telling their theories to the camera so they are saved for posterity.

Until we codify this holiday, which is as American as baseball, apple pie and voting-but-only-if-it-involves-American Idol, you can at least try to tell apart the many times in history people speculated Hillary Clinton was about to run for president. They are surprisingly difficult to tell apart.

1

Which election does this breathless Hillary Clinton speculation belong to? "'But if it's not Hillary Clinton versus Jeb Bush ... Washington is going to commit collective suicide.' ... But it's always about Hillary. And it will always be about Hillary until the end of our days. She will have to retain an excellent hairdresser forever."

2016
2008
2004
Some other election year

2

"The power elite is deep into Hillary hysteria ... Dan Rather said she'd make a good Presidential candidate, and Time is considering beatifying her as Person of the Year."

2016
2008
2004
Some other election year

3

"But that calculation ignores a truth held fervently by many Very Savvy (or Very Bored) prognosticators: This is all about Hillary Rodham Clinton. It's always about Hillary Rodham Clinton, the proverbial Rorschach test for the nation's stark divisions and creaky evolutions. Everything else is just annoying subtext. And rest assured, says this alternative wisdom: Hillary is running for president." 

2016
2008
2004
Some other election year

4

"Five years later, Hillary Clinton's tenacity in her personal and political life has left her the most formidable figure by far in Democratic politics -- and in position to make history as the first woman to become president if she runs and wins."

2016
2008
2004
Some other election year

5

"Hillary Clinton for president? 'So far she hasn’t said she would, but I think it’s not a bad idea,' former Vice President Dick Cheney told ABC’s Jonathan Karl in an interview on Wednesday."

2016
2008
2004
Some other election year

6

"Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday teased a possible presidential bid by his wife, joking he can be more candid now that he’s out of office, but added, “Unless your wife might run for something.”

2016
2008
2004
Some other election year

7

''Just imagine four years from now -- 'Hillary for President,' '' Mr. Blount wrote. ''Scary, isn't it?''

2016
2008
2004
Some other election year

8

The majority of Americans, 55%, believe that Hillary Clinton has already decided to run. Twelve percent of Americans believe that she has already decided not to run. Fifteen percent believe that she ultimately will run, but that she has not yet decided. Another fifteen percent believe that she will ultimately not run, but that she has not yet made up her mind.

2016
2008
2004
Some other election year

9

"Fans of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton waited Thursday in a line stretching five blocks in London for a chance to have her sign a copy of her memoirs. At the end of the line, inside a bookstore near Piccadilly Circus, the former first lady chatted warmly with her admirers, many of whom praised her as a valiant survivor they hope will one day become U.S. president. What makes her tick? How did she survive a personal crisis and public humiliation? Will she run for president? Over and over these and other questions surfaced in conversations with those waiting in line."

2016
2008
2004
Some other election year

10

"Still, like most interviewers, he ended the event by asking the question on everyone’s mind. She responded, predictably, that it was far too early to think about the ... presidential campaign."

2016
2008
2004
Some other election year

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