The latest sign that Hillary Clinton is going to run for President in 2016 is Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) telling USA Today that the Democratic Party is already starting to coalesce around her, more than three years out from the election.

“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.”

Hillary Clinton has recently joined twitter with a profile that seems to hint at future political plans and top Clinton loyalists are already raising money for a pro-Hillary Super PAC. If Clinton does enter the race she will likely scare off most of the other top-tier Democratic hopefuls.

Contested presidential primaries are a rare chance for national parties to have a serious conversation about their policies, principles and direction. Democrats didn’t have this in 2012 and might not again in 2016.