Can Hillary Clinton's presumed 2016 frontrunner status be reduced to her chromosomes? That view seems to have penetrated the D.C. punditocracy, as relayed by NBC's newly christened "Meet The Press" moderator Chuck Todd on Monday.
Todd said in an interview on the Charlie Rose Show that the former secretary of state and U.S. senator would not be the prohibitive favorite "if she were running to be the second woman president."
"If she were running to be the second woman president, I think she would not even be considered a frontrunner," he said, according to a transcript provided to TPM. "She'd be just considered another candidate."
Rose and Todd referenced the "historical narrative" that Clinton would have in 2016 -- one that wasn't as prevalent in 2008, when she was running against another historical candidate in Barack Obama. "This time hers seems that kind of powerful," Todd said. "It does feel that powerful."
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