Eleven months after Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton for the presidency he tweeted: “I was recently asked if Crooked Hillary Clinton is going to run in 2020? My answer was, ‘I hope so!’”
At the time, few took that as little more than an conjecture, believing Hillary’s time had come and gone and it was time for the party to focus on hating Trump and electing a fresh face. Now, with the President continuing to oversee an economic miracle the UK’s Daily Mail recently ran a headline entitled: “Talk emerges that Hillary is plotting her 2020 comeback.”
The Guardian, another UK newsletter, interviewed Hillary Clinton in which they asked her if she had plans “to call it a day?” Clinton responded with, “It feels like a duty. It feels like patriotism, and it feels necessary. I’m not going anywhere.”
Adrienne Elrod, a former Clinton campaign strategist, made light of the Clinton’s comments calling them nothing more than a “pipe dream.” She told reporters:
“To be honest with you, I don’t know that a run this time around would yield a first- or second-place finish. I think there’s a lot of new people in the party who are stepping forward. I think we’ve got a very deep bench of strong candidates and she knows this.”
Elrod continued by saying she would advise Clinton against running and then gave the standard reason given by many on the Democrats side, “she knows it’s time for new faces and new leadership to step forward.”
But is it that simple? Can Clinton’s rumored thoughts of running again be dismissed so summarily?
As the Daily Caller noted, Clinton’s recent actions indicate something more than a player content to remain on the sidelines or disappear into the woods a video after Trump’s win sought to infer.
In recent months, Clinton has done little to avoid the limelight. While Barack Obama seems to have adopted a behind closed doors power broker approach, Clinton has made sure the camera never misses her. She has ramped her fundraising appeals and public presence using Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy as a platform to raise $1.5 million for various groups.
Most pundits discount the notion of Clinton running in 2020. Many doubt she could win the Democratic nomination much less wrest the presidency from Trump. Several factors, however, should give one pause about another Clinton run.
Democrats seem sure to have more presidential candidates in the 2020 primaries than in years. Even if the aging Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden decide enough is enough the field of Democratic candidates will probably include: Cory Booker, Eric Holder, Elizabeth Warren, Martin O’Malley, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Andrew Cuomo, Terry McAuliffe, Mitch Landrieu, Deval Patrick, Eric Garcetti, and Maryland congressman John Delaney.
The next Democratic presidential primary may feature 15 or more candidates. That many new and old voices add up to a lot of noise that any one candidate will have trouble being heard over. It seems unlikely that lesser-known candidates have a chance of grabbing the voters’ attention in their first debate.Donald Trump dominated the media and the debates in 2016, enjoyed immediate name recognition, and let the rest of the crowd pick each other off one by one until his nomination proved unstoppable. Donald Trump proved he had the stamina, will, and rabid voter base to pull off a miracle. Hillary Clinton has not.
But Clinton doesn’t strike many as a cheerleader, willing to root others on the victory. There is a reason she has ramped up her campaign for donations to her favored causes and appearances at high-profile events – such as for the Clinton Foundation and at Oxford University. She has been barraging supporters’ inboxes, railing against Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy with increasing ferocity. Hillary Clinton is looking for all the world like a candidate.
Hillary and her husband, Bill Clinton, have a number of financial backers who are more than willing to support her campaign. She has a motivated base that has never accepted her loss.
The Washington Post recently offered scenarios it believed might lead to a Clinton win and Trump loss. The article inadvertently gave voice to what many on the right believe to be true – the left hopes for Trump to fail, bring America into a new economic recession or an unpopular war.
With 15 or 20 Democrats in the primaries, it isn’t hard to imagine Hillary winning 30 to 40 percent in a Democratic primary while the others devoured each other. Will she run again? Only Hillary and perhaps George Soros know for sure.
~ Freedom News Report