from Tumblr's "Texts for Hillary"  [Original image by Diana Walker for Time.]

from Tumblr’s “Texts for Hillary”

[Original image by Diana Walker for Time.]

JEB BUSH will present Hillary Rodham Clinton with the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Award on September 10, 2013. This news comes as Rep. Nancy Pelosi pronounces that Democrats are coalescing around Hillary, even if the former speaker isn’t offering her endorsement yet, and Hillary hasn’t even decided to run.

“I’m not making endorsements right now, because I don’t think that’s appropriate,” she demurred. “But I am gauging, I’m gauging. I’m encouraging people to think about it, so in case she asks us, we have something to say to her.”

Does she think the party is coalescing behind Clinton?

“I think so; I think so,” she said. “There’s a great deal of excitement about the prospect that she would run.”

[USA Today]

Mrs. Pelosi hasn’t talked to the many progressives who are hell bent to make Hillary Clinton earn the nomination, should she run. They’re right about that, because she should earn every single vote. All of the establishment laying on of hands is not what Hillary needs, but Pelosi and others just can’t help themselves. It’s obvious Democrats are gnashing their teeth to jump start the 2016 election cycle, though why this is the case is anyone’s guess.

As an aside, it’s not hard to asses that Hillary Clinton is likely very glad she’s not still in the Administration as they fend off the NSA and PRISM stories. One can only guess what Hillary’s thoughts are on the current Edward Snowden drama.

Looking to 2016, however, is what makes Jeb Bush presenting Hillary get the attention it is. The latest Bush could end up being one of the leading Republican challengers, especially since he’s gone rogue on immigration, compared to his brother, W.

From the National Constitution Center:

Throughout her nearly four-decade career as one of America’s most dedicated public servants, Secretary Clinton has continued to champion equal opportunities for women and girls in order to advance the security and prosperity of all people and nations. As the 67th Secretary of State, Clinton broke national and global barriers. She was the first First Lady to serve in a presidential Cabinet. She traveled to more countries than any other Secretary of State. She used social media to engage citizens in the workings of diplomacy, and she paid an official visit to Burma, making her the highest U.S. representative to do so in half a century. As Secretary of State, Clinton advocated for “smart power” in foreign policy, elevating diplomacy and development and repositioning them for the 21st century””with new tools, technologies, and partners, including the private sector and civil society around the world.

“Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy,” said National Constitution Center Chairman Governor Jeb Bush. “These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary Clinton this year’s Liberty Medal.”

“The Liberty Medal recognizes individuals who have furthered the ideals of freedom, democracy, and equality, often against great odds,” said National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen. “Hillary Clinton has devoted her life to expanding opportunities for “˜We the People’ not just in this country but around the globe.”