President Joe Biden’s declining approval rating combined with speculation about his cognitive health have led to increased predictions that he will not seek re-election in 2024.
Perhaps surprisingly, some insiders are beginning to look at twice-failed White House contender Hillary Clinton as the leading contender to replace him at the top of the ticket.
Clinton on the rise as Biden, Harris falter in polls
Recent polls suggest that former President Donald Trump would trounce Biden in a hypothetical rematch of the 2020 election.
While Vice President Kamala Harris would typically be the most likely replacement for her boss, polls show her popularity is even lower than Biden.
Meanwhile, Clinton has re-emerged with a series of recent media appearances, leading some pundits to wonder if she is laying the groundwork for a return to the political realm.
A possible Clinton campaign in two years could provide some advantages to her party, particularly the fact that she would provide a clean break from the Biden administration.
GOP likely to mount fierce opposition to failed 2016 nominee
Anyone connected to the current White House might be a non-starter among Democratic voters disillusioned by the policies of the Biden administration.
Given her name recognition and experience as a White House contender, it could be that Clinton is the only realistic candidate available to take on whichever candidate Republicans choose to put forward ahead of the 2024 election.
Of course, another Clinton candidacy would be sure to ignite fierce opposition by Republicans who would have no trouble digging up dirt on the long-time public figure, thus highlighting her significant downsides as a potential presidential nominee.
In addition to a string of controversies and scandals related to her and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, she is one of the most divisive figures in modern American politics.
Ultimately, it appears that Democrats will have a tough choice leading up to 2024 as Republicans gear up for an opportunity to regain control of the executive branch.