The year 2016 was supposed to be the year that Hillary Clinton would finally claim the throne, and the year when the (allegedly) transphobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, (insert cause here)-phobic people who opposed her would be crushed.
Except, that is not what happened. Not even close.
Donald Trump was the one who beat Clinton in the Presidential race by winning more electoral votes, and to top it off the Republican Party kept both chambers of Congress, and won numerous state legislatures and governorships across the country.
It was an astounding rejection of Leftism, and the Democratic Party is still figuring out how to deal with the rise of Trump (a separate issue in and of itself).
So what are the Democrats possibly going to do to rebound from the historic 2016 loss? Well, maybe it will just be an effective repeat of the 2016 campaign.
According to Politico Magazine writer Matt Latimer, Hillary Clinton is already taking steps to ensure that she will be the Democratic nominee for the Presidency in 2020.
For some time, it seemed that she may have given up on the whole White House idea, but that may actually not be the case (despite what many of us would wish). No, she’s staying visible, and in a certain kind of campaign mode so that she can establish a framework for her upcoming nomination (assuming the Democrats are willing to have a fifth Clinton candidacy).
Latimer points out several things that indicate that Clinton is setting herself up for another run. Those things include:
- Shutting down the slush fund, otherwise known as the Clinton Global Initiative. This arm of the Clinton Foundation was the most scandal-ridden part of the Foundation that simply had to be cut off in order to have any chance at saving grace.
- Allowing rumors to circulate about her running for mayor of New York City. If her political career was over, she probably would have shut these rumors down, but perhaps by allowing them to continue about in the news it creates the opinion that “Hillary Clinton’s political fortunes aren’t in the rear-view mirror[.]”
- She trolled Donald Trump on Twitter after the Ninth Circuit’s decision on the travel ban. It’s almost like she’s still in campaign mode (perhaps because she is, albeit on the down-low).
- She has signed yet another book deal with Simon and Schuster. As if we need another one…
- Finally, she did not indicate an intention to retire in her concession speech. “Instead, Clinton talked more about the future—explicitly including herself in that future—than she did about the past.”
And you know what, it honestly is not that far-fetched. Another run wouldn’t be unprecedented in American history.
Al Gore first sought the presidency in 1988 and then again in 2000, when he won the popular vote against George W. Bush and came within a few hundred hanging chads of winning the decisive state of Florida. Anyone think Gore still doesn’t wonder what might have happened had he pursued a rematch against Bush four years later?
Yes, barring some calamity, Clinton is running. And this brave columnist will go one step further. Not only will Clinton run again, she has an excellent shot at getting the Democratic Party nomination again. But only if she approaches it quite differently. Here’s some advice for her.
The question then, is not if she is running for the nomination and Presidency, but if the Democrats are willing to give it to her again. After the debacle of 2016, it will likely take a different approach.
Latimer states that she should rather let the party come to her, instead of essentially proclaiming to be the chosen one as she did in 2016. Rather, it should be the Democrats who conclude that she is the best one for the nomination.
Basically, he advocates that Hillary should be a “disinterested” candidate, similar to how running for office was during the early American Founding era. Even if a candidate really wanted to run for an elected position, he could not make such aspirations known. Others had to do the campaigning for him.
Looks like Hillary may need to take a page from American history if she’s going to take a third shot for the White House. But will she win if nominated?
She was predicted to win in 2016, with an almost certain probability. Look how that turned out…