Democratic consensus: Run, Hillary, Run.

Democratic consensus in latest 2016 poll: Run, Hillary, Run.

YOU knew this, right?

More than 8 in 10 Democrats say they want Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016, showing a level of interest in her that no other potential candidates ““ Democrat or Republican ““ come close to matching among their party’s voters, according to a New York Times/CBS News Poll. – New York Times/CBS News Poll

It’s why smart progressives haven’t stuck their necks out.

Any activist Democrat, especially progressives, should prod Hillary Clinton on Wall Street and other issues that divide some Democratic Party voters, as Adam Green has done. But anyone encouraging Hillary Clinton not to run is simply out of touch and on the wrong side of this story.

Hillary Clinton gives Democrats the edge in 2016. Her candidacy is also why the Senate staying in Democratic hands is important, though to President Obama it is critical.

As for the Republican field, it’s a muddled mess, according to this latest poll.

Thirty-two percent of Republicans say they want Senator Marco Rubio of Florida to run, although Mr. Rubio also seems to have fewer detractors than Mr. Bush or Mr. Paul (more do not know enough about him to say). Only 15 percent of Republicans said they did not want Mr. Rubio to run, compared with 21 percent for Mr. Paul and 27 percent for Mr. Bush. Twenty-four percent said they hoped Senator Ted Cruz of Texas would run, compared with 15 percent who said they did not want him to. Fifty-nine percent do not know enough about Mr. Cruz to say.

Well over a year ago female Democrats, starting with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and including liberals like myself, started making the case for Hillary. Mine began simply by stating we cannot take her “no” for an answer.

The prodding and building up of support and a money machine for Hillary Clinton, including the likes of Jim Messina, now dubbed the Democratic Karl Rove by Politico, all of these efforts are critical.

When it comes to 2016, Hillary Clinton must see that Democrats and women want her to run, need her to run. Her sense of service will do the rest.

Of course, if you’ve read HRC by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, you’ll already know that the infrastructure has been quietly building in preparation for Hillary’s 2016 candidacy for a very long time. And why not?