Sigh. Chris Matthews's opener today made a little thrill run up my leg:

I remember when General Eisenhower ran for president, I was sitting in a movie theater with my dad to my right, and I asked "Is he president?"

"No," said my dad, "but he will be."

Well, nobody but incumbent presidents (and not even some of them) have, in all the years since, enjoyed such a commanding position going into a presidential cycle as Hillary Clinton. The number one reason is that her candidacy wouldn't be just a campaign, but in a very powerful way, a movement. She's the world's most celebrated woman leader, she has made women's issues an important part of her agenda, and she came very close to winning the nomination five years ago. Many of her followers are out there, more committed than ever that she win it this time.

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And let me add an obvious, there are many, many women my age and older who have spent their lives voting for men; men of uneven quality, uneven character and uneven greatness. They've been waiting all their adult lives to put a woman in the White House, and not as First Lady, but as President of the United States. For them, after too many delays, after the big delay of 2008, their rallying cry can be summed up in three words: It's About Time.