11:29 am Dec. 4, 2012
On "Hardball" last night, Ed Rendell said Hillary Clinton could be persuaded to run in 2016.
“I believe what Hillary says right now,” Rendell said. “I believe she’s tired, she’s beat up, and if you injected her with sodium pentothal and said, 'Are you going to run for president?' She’d say no. Is she persuadable? Of course she is.”
Rendell's comments echo the thoughts of a number of Hillary backers, including Rep. Charlie Rangel, who recruited her to run for the Senate in 2000, and told me last week that she "would answer" a draft call and that she'd be "overwhelming."
Joan Walsh, the editor of Salon, cautioned that it was "poison" for Clinton to buy into that kind of press right now, including a hagiographic video that has David Remnick convinced she's running, though neither Walsh nor anyone else could figure out who in the Democratic field would pose a legitimate challenge.
"There's just nobody out there who could contend with her," Rendell said.
"Yeah, I don't see Martin O'Malley beating her," Matthews said. "I see Martin O'Malley on the ticket with her. I see Andrew Cuomo having the same base. It'd be tough."