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I’ve been pondering what Hillary Clinton said about her fervent hope that a woman makes it to the Oval Office in her lifetime.

Poor Hillary. She doesn’t even have to open her mouth these days to prompt speculation about a 2016 presidential run. But when she does let something slip, to comment on anything more politically topical than the position of the jetstream, the excitement knows no bounds.

Consequently there has been much hyperactivity about her comments in Toronto to a supposedly ‘private’ audience over the weekend: “Hypothetically speaking, I really do hope that we have a woman president in my lifetime. And whether it’s next time or the next time after that, it really depends on women stepping up and subjecting themselves to the political process, which is very difficult.”

There’s been the instant and highly predictable reaction that Mrs Clinton has been fuelling speculation about her own presidential ambitions. And certainly, everyone from Elizabeth Dole to Angelo Tsakopoulos (a big donor to the Democrats, since you asked) seems to reckon not only that she wants the Democrats’ nomination but that she’d get it.

Her recent debut on Twitter (just four tweets has won her 551,000 followers and counting) – and the launch of a new childhood initiative, Too Small to Fail, also sparked a flurry of anticipation that this was yet another sign that a campaign was being readied.

In the meantime, before there’s confirmation one way or t’other, a burgeoning cottage industry in Hillary campaign paraphernalia has sprung up. There’s a VoteHillary2016 Twitter account, and Hillary Clinton for President 2016 groups on Facebook, and a raft of ‘Hillary2016 images’ showing a carefully coiffed former first lady, in semi-profile, young, old, purposeful, wistful, doing the rounds online.

But what if we’re all missing the point? It seems to me that Mrs Clinton’s Toronto comments might point to a different scenario: skip a generation and install her daughter Chelsea in the White House.

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