Despite having twice failed in previous presidential bids, not to mention the fact her approval rating has been substantially lower than President Donald Trump’s since her last loss, there are persistent rumors circulating that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may make yet another run at the White House in 2020.
One of Clinton’s closest advisers, Philippe Reines, who’s been by her side since she served in the Senate and State Department, just delivered something of a soliloquy on why Clinton remains a viable option, regardless of the decidedly crowded field of Democrat contenders heading into the 2020 election primary season. Reines also refused to rule out entirely the possibility of a Clinton 2020 run.
That pro-Hillary monologue came in a profile published by Politico which wondered “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Hillary?”
Not going away
The bulk of the Politico article focused on Clinton’s activity since the 2016 election, and how Democrats were dealing with the fact that she simply refuses to step aside, instead remaining in the spotlight amid an increasingly impatient field of Democrat contenders.
Clinton has been making contact with the media, ostensibly to improve her relationship with the press, and is set to embark on a 13-city speaking tour with former President Bill Clinton. Furthermore, Clinton has also added content to her post-election book “What Happened?” that specifically address her issues with President Trump, and she has been active on social media with numerous tweets and threads slamming Trump on a variety of issues.
To be sure, the twice-failed nominee still appears to retain a base of support and is still quite capable of raising money and driving votes — in certain areas. But there are also plenty of Democrats who would prefer they not be closely linked with Clinton, much less be overshadowed by somebody who has already tried and failed to achieve the greatest political prize, the presidency.
Why not run again?
But if the musings of Clinton aide Reines hold any weight, Clinton isn’t about to step aside and could very well place herself front and center as 2020 draws near.
“It’s curious why Hillary Clinton’s name isn’t in the mix — either conversationally or in formal polling — as a 2020 candidate,” Reines told Politico. “She’s younger than Donald Trump by a year. She’s younger than Joe Biden by four years. Is it that she’s run before? This would be Bernie Sanders’ second time, and Biden’s third time. Is it lack of support? She had 65 million people vote for her.”
Even if Clinton’s 2016 support were to be cut in half, Reines pointed out, “There’s no one in the Democratic Party who has anywhere near a base of 32 million people. That’s multiples of what a Sanders or a Warren have.”
“Chalking the (2016) loss up to her being a failed candidate is an oversimplification,” he continued. “She is smarter than most, tougher than most, she could raise money easier than most, and it was an absolute fight to the death.”
As to the chances that she’ll actually make another run at the White House in 2020, Reines didn’t completely rule it out. “It’s somewhere between highly unlikely and zero, but it’s not zero,” he said.
Most of America, in true bipartisan fashion, would like nothing better than for Hillary Clinton to just go away, yet she insists on hanging around. Now rumors are swirling that she may throw her hat in the ring for yet another run at the presidency, a prospect that has many people absolutely sickened even as some cheer the prospect, either out of naive adoration for Clinton — or out of cynical glee that she’ll lose to Trump again.