The run to becoming a Democratic nominee on the bill for president is never an easy one, but what if one candidate has it too easy? The hype around Hilary Clinton has been so present it seems obvious that the former first lady will be the next presidential runner, which is why she may not be.
It is too soon to start calling winners now, says one expert who has ties to the Clinton party. Many people have been quick to decide on Hillary Clinton as the obvious choice for the next Democratic runner. But having that kind of support so early in the process also means added pressure and a vulnerability to attacks.
"I think people close to her are more acutely aware than anybody else in the country that there's no such thing as inevitability," the Democratic Party member said in an interview with NBC. "The expectations are just so out of whack."
Results revealed by Public Policy Polling show at this point in time that Clinton currently has the ability to sweep the entire 2016 presidential election. And Clinton's popularity isn't just hitting the political world. Even celebrities have come forward with promises to back Clinton's campaign should she choose to run, including top names like Barbara Streisand and Eva Longoria.
At the age of 65, her husband just turning 67, it isn't clear yet whether Clinton will take the bait. Before large support started amassing, Clinton suggested that she wasn't too interested in running for president. But just to be on the safe side, her Republican competitors have also jumped on ship.
The conservative super PAC "America Rising" has already launched a "Stop Hillary" campaign, acknowledging her as a worth opponent. The Republican National Committee has also forewarned NBC and CNN that it will fight to prevent presidential debates from being shown on either station should either choose to run a planned documentary about the first lady.
"Our biggest challenge we have is a Republican Party that's been out of power for eight years," Stephanie Schriock, the president of EMILY's List, a Democratic women's group that was recently in Iowa to promote female candidates for president, told NBC. "They're going to do everything they can to attack her and tear her down, because they want the White House back."