A year off of floating Gov. Bill Haslam's name as a potential candidate for national office in 2016, Politico has the Tennessee Republican on a shortlist of potential aspirants for the presidency in two years.
A brief history of governors and the presidency by University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato gives the Washington insider website an opportunity to float a few names for 2016. Haslam appears along with recognizable figures like Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and some perhaps-less-recognizable leaders like New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer.
It's probably sheer coincidence that Haslam will speak Friday at the Politico State Solutions Conference in Washington, and that he spoke at that same conference in 2013, right when the last piece ran.
For what it's worth, Haslam told reporters then he had no interest in running for president or vice president in 2016.
The piece is probably most interesting for what it says for Hillary Clinton's chances. No former Secretary of State has won the Civil War since James Buchanan, whom Sabato notes has been assigned a hefty share of the blame for the Civil War. But if Haslam's in the mix, stay tuned.