This small fundraiser shows one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest advantages in 2016

Here's why Hillary Clinton would have such a big advantage in 2016. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton’s relationship with House candidate Marjorie Margolies is the stuff of political soap operas.

It’s also an example of a major advantage that Clinton will have if she runs for president in 2016: Her family’s long history in politics and the political chits she has because of it.

Here’s how it plays out in this case.

A former broadcast journalist, Margolies won a House seat as a Democrat representing suburban Philadelphia in 1992, the same year Bill Clinton was first elected president.

But the margin of victory was narrow — less than half of a percent. Even before Republicans had put together the plan to take over the House in the 1994 midterms, they were targeting Margolies.

In August of 1993, President Clinton’s budget came up for a vote in the House. Democratic leaders needed Margolies’ help, and she provided the decisive vote, even though it would likely cost her a seat.

As the New York Times described it at the time:

At the last moment the whips gave her the word that she was needed, and she walked down the aisle. One Democrat after another hugged her, patted her on the back and touched her as if she were Joan of Arc. As she finally voted aye, her Democratic colleagues cheered as the Republicans jeered, “Goodbye Marjorie.”

Republicans were right. Margolies lost in the Republican wave of 1994, though she wrote in 2010 that she still doesn’t regret her vote.

One other thing that happened in 2010: Margolies’ son, Marc Mezvinsky, married Chelsea Clinton. And now this year, Margolies is running for her old House seat again. And next month, Bill Clinton will speak at an April fundraiser for her in Philadelphia.

And if Margolies wins, you can expect to see her return the favor by stumping for Hillary in 2016.

So what does this mean for Hillary? With the exception of Vice President Joe Biden and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — who aren’t likely to get their party’s nominations anyway — no other potential 2016 candidate has such a long history of involvement in politics.

Margolies is just an extreme example of the kind of chits Hillary Clinton can collect if she runs.

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