Hillary Clinton will be 68 years old in 2016 after she was a heavy favorite in 2008 and lost the nomination to an unknown and inexperienced challenger. Always expect the Clintons to play EVERY possible angle:
"My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right?" Clinton said. "We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California." -HRC May 22, 2008
But her time is past. I welcome the stark contrast of this thoroughly unlikeable old woman against Mitt Romney, who will presumably have a positive economic record to point to. That being said, Israel WILL attack Iran at some point in the next four years. Russia WILL side with Iran. Look for the press to criticize every response Romeny makes to this escalation, teeing it up for Hillary to reintroduce herself as a foreign policy superstar. You better believe she made sure she was front and center for that famous WH Situation Room photo the night the Navy Seals used George Bush's intelligence to kill Osama bin Laden.
That “unlikeable old woman” you mention may not be running against Romney, but against Jebbie in 2016. Never overestimate the power of Republican primary voters to pick a good nominee.