The chatter continues:
Hillary Clinton, expecting no major challenge for the Democratic nomination, is strongly considering delaying the formal launch of her presidential campaign until July, three months later than originally planned, top Democrats tell POLITICO.
The delay from the original April target will give her more time to develop her message, policy and organization, without the chaos and spotlight of a public campaign.
A Democrat familiar with Clinton’s thinking said: “She doesn’t feel under any pressure, and they see no primary challenge on the horizon. If you have the luxury of time, you take it.”
Advisers said the biggest reason for the delay is simple: She feels no rush.There's been so much talk of "early April" lately that it was in danger of becoming an unnecessary deadline that might sap any remaining degree of surprise out her announcement. There is now a three-month window and that's a smart move. But I still have a sneaking guess that Hillary might just pull a Beyoncé and drop her big announcement when no one is expecting it.
If so, remember: you heard it here first.
One key reason to do it earlier than April? She already has a target square on her back from the dozen-plus potential Republican candidates, including Mitt Romney just yesterday. Their timetable is not the same as hers, and a robust attack-and-response campaign team might just come in handy sooner rather than later.
Granted, there are also plenty of good reasons to hold out for as long as possible, especially with the huge lead she currently enjoys.
But for her biggest longtime supporters, as Tom Petty would say...