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Hillary Clinton could run against Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election if the current administration loses Congress in the midterm elections, says a former top Bill Clinton advisor.
If the Democrats fail to pull off a win in November, Dick Morris believes a Clinton-Trump rematch is likely, alleging the failure would lead the party to turn against Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
‘There’s a good chance of it,’ Morris told WABC’s John Catsimatidis, applauding the former presidential nominee’s strategy that could see her face Donald Trump again after Trump won the 2016 race.
‘Hillary has set up a brilliant, brilliant strategy that nobody else is able to do.’
‘What she’s done — at a point at which no Democrat is willing to come out and criticize Joe Biden, but all Democrats are disappointed with him and have to realize the ultimate correctness of our accusations that he was incompetent to be president — she has set up a zero-sum gain with him.
‘The worse he does, the better she does because she’s positioned herself as the Democratic alternative to Biden.’
Morris said Clinton, 74, has portrayed herself as the opposition to the extreme left, cautioning her own party to be aware of candidates vying for office in so-called ‘purple districts.’
This appears like a takedown of ‘woke’ progressive policies which have been credited with driving many centrist Dems away.
The former political advisor claimed that ‘there is only one person capable of that level of thinking — and that’s her husband, Bill.’
Although she has yet to announce whether she intends to run for president in 2024, she has publicly criticized the current administration’s efforts, noting they ‘mean nothing if we don’t have a Congress that will get things done and we don’t have a White House that we can count on to be sane and sober and stable and productive.’
In Morris’ view, Clinton is the perfect candidate to be the change candidate who can reference Biden’s failures, noting that a ‘left-wing took over the party and led us into disaster in the 2022 midterms.’
‘The person who staked out the turf first and owns the turf in the Democratic Party is going to be Hillary. It’s a brilliant, brilliant strategy,’ he said.
Clinton had warned a few weeks earlier that Democrats need a clear eye on what wins elections – a tacit warning that their progressive wing risks handing a midterm victory to Republicans.
Last month, she told Willie Geist on NBC that Democrats needed candidates who could win in purple states if they wanted an effective Congress.
As centrists battle with fringe groups offering ideological purity and headline-grabbing Twitter accounts, her comments reflect the divisions within both parties.
Among Democrats, this means the Squad of progressives, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Representative Ilhan Omar.
‘I think that it is a time for some careful thinking about what wins elections, and not just in deep blue districts where a democrat and a liberal Democrat or so-called progressive Democrat is going to win,’ said Clinton.
‘We’ve got to be very clear eyed about what it’s going to take to hold the House and the Senate in 2022. And to win the electoral college because also Republicans are doing everything they can to create an environment in which winning the Electoral College, even narrowly the way Joe Biden did will be out of reach for Democrats,’ she said in December, weeks after her party lost control of Virginia’s governorship.
She explained that she understood why politicians would want to promote their priorities.
‘But at the end of the day, nothing is going to get done if you don’t have a Democratic majority in the House, in the Senate, and our majority comes from people who win in much more difficult districts and our majority in the Senate comes from people who can win in not just blue states and hold those wins … but can win in more purpleish states,’ she said.
‘So this is going to be a very intense period, not just for the Democratic Party, but for the country.’
Using her commentary as an example, Morris said: ‘She was absolutely right and nobody else has the guts to say that.’
He claimed other Democrats must maintain their alliance with the extreme left because ‘that’s their potential base.’
‘Hillary can say “go to hell, I don’t care about you guys. I’m going to be the anti-Chirst, I’m going to run against you.” Therefore, she’s the only one between now and the end of the midterm elections who’s prepared to say what the truth is,’ Morris said.
He added: ‘She staked out a ground, not on ideological issues, but on pragmatism.’
Morris’ comments echo those contained in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal last week, advocating a Clinton run for president in 2024.
Biden and Harris have poor poll numbers, which could open doors for the former secretary of state, according to the authors.
‘She is already in an advantageous position to become the 2024 Democratic nominee,’ wrote Democratic political adviser Doug Schoen and former New York City Council president, Andrew Stein.
‘She is an experienced national figure who is younger than Mr. Biden and can offer a different approach from the disorganized and unpopular one the party is currently taking.’
Others argue Clinton would not be ‘forward-thinking’ enough to be considered for the race in 2024.
‘Democrats have a rich history of bringing old-school politicians out of the stables for a comeback and having them get slaughtered,’ said Progressive Campaign Change Committee co-founder Adam Green, to The Hill on Sunday.
‘Not just Hillary Clinton in 2016 but Senate candidates like Ted Strickland in Ohio, Russ Feingold in Wisconsin, Phil Bredesen in Tennessee and Walter Mondale in Minnesota.’
‘We need forward-looking leaders who stand for a new vision and not the politics of yesteryear that everybody hates,’ he added.
A source close to Clinton and her husband says the couple wants to return to prominence in the Democratic Party in 2024, even though she has not formally declared her intention to run for president.
‘It’s a perpetual itch that will never go away,’ the source told Politico. ‘They know how to slowly reenter. They want to reset the board to their advantage before moving the pieces.
Trump has also not declared if he plans to run for president in 2024, but he has publicly stated he is considering it.
‘I think a lot of people will be very happy, frankly, with the decision, and probably will announce that after the midterms,’ he said last month.
Several recent polls have indicated that he is favored over other possible Republicans candidates.
54 percent of Republicans said they would vote for Trump, according to a recent survey by Reuters. Ron DeSantis was favored by 11 percent.