Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Hillary Clinton Becomes a Grandmother. Now Will She Announce for 2016?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Hillary Clinton Becomes a Grandmother. Now Will She Announce for 2016?

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It's not true that the latest member of the Clinton political dynasty is wearing a baby beanie that declares "Hillary 2016" and a onesie that reads "Grandma rocks Iowa!" At least we haven't seen the photos yet.

Still, that little Democrat (one can only assume family party loyalty) likely is the first new-born to be the top news item at Politico.com. Headline "It's a girl: Chelsea Clinton gives birth."

We'll get to the most important historical point first, as pointed out by Time: "If Hillary Clinton runs in 2016, she will be the first serious presidential contender who is also a grandmother" - a title the former first lady, US Senator, and Secretary of State has called "the most exciting yet."

Did we mention the baby's name? The announcement came on Twitter and Facebook, where former first daughter Chelsea Clinton wrote that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are "full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky."

Little Charlotte may never have an interest in political office, but it won't be because her grandparents didn't.

Marc Mezvinsky's mother Marjorie Margolies served a term in Congress from Pennsylvania. Ms. Margolies' ex-husband Edward Mezvinsky - Charlotte's other grandfather - is a former congressman from Iowa. (Edward Mezvinsky also pleaded guilty to 31 of 69 felony charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud, for which he served five year in federal prison, but we won't dwell on that today.)

In other words, all four of Charlotte's grandparents have been elected to high political office. Might there be such a future for Charlotte's mother?

"Now I live in a city, in a state, in a country where I support my representatives at every level," Chelsea has said (again, from Politico). "...If at any point in time that stopped being true, where I had a question about their ethics or their competencies, and I thought I could make a disproportionately positive contribution in the political arena in the same way that I feel very grateful I can do now through the [Clinton] Foundation, I'd have to ask and answer that. …

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