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Do the people want Hillary Clinton in 2024? No, but with a bench as empty as the Democrats’, even bad ideas suddenly sound appealing.
Speculation has been swirling that Hillary might wait and then pounce. With her apparent lust for public attention and the fact that Kamala Harris and Joe Biden are pretty awful options, why wouldn’t she run? Her actual age would be younger than Biden’s in 2024, and younger than Bernie Sanders’ when he came to the brink of winning the nomination in 2016.
The idea has gained traction among Democratic insiders and is now being mentioned by mainstream outlets as well. In a recent article, a former Bill Clinton adviser outlines his views for The Wall Street Journal, and rest assured, this had Hillary’s approval. Hillary is definitely testing the waters.
Que Tucker. He exploded on Fox News describing Hillary’s stealth campaign.
I’m not trying to be cruel this Wednesday, just reading the numbers: Joe Biden is the most unpopular president that the United States has had in a very long time. Voters dislike Kamala Harris even more. And that’s a problem because this is supposed to be the new administration’s honeymoon period, the part where everyone thinks they’re great. So it’s not getting better from here. This is as beloved as the Biden administration is going to get.
Smart Democrats can read the numbers. They understand this, and they’re working on a solution. This week, two of them wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal calling on the party to support Hillary Clinton for president in 2024. Hillary is the best-positioned candidate to win a national election, they argued. She’s also, they noted, younger than Joe Biden. Former President Bill Clinton agrees with this, or says he does anyway. Bill Clinton told People Magazine that his wife is, “The most qualified person to run for office in my lifetime, including me.”
In fact, failing to elect Hillary in 2016 was in Bill Clinton’s studied estimation, a historic national tragedy: “One of the most profound mistakes we’ve ever made.” Unforgivable, really. The good news is we now have a chance to correct that mistake, and you don’t get those very often in life.
But wait a second, you say, Hillary can’t win, she’s yesterday’s candidate. This country’s got a short attention span. We want the new, new thing, and Hillary Clinton isn’t new. She’s been around forever. We’re bored of her. Well, if you believe that you don’t remember Hillary Clinton very well. Call her what you will, but she’s not boring. Hillary is like a box of Cracker Jacks, or you’re emotionally volatile niece who goes to art school. She’s full of surprises. You never know what you’re going to get. There are days when Hillary seems like a sensible Midwestern Methodist who grew up Republican in a suburb outside Chicago. That’s the biographically, accurate Hillary Clinton. But it’s hardly the only Hillary Clinton. During the years she spent in Arkansas, for example, Hillary often played the loyal daughter of the American South, a southern-fried Dixie lady with a spunky feminist twist that was the character she was portraying when we first met her 30 years ago, this month. It was during the 1992 presidential primaries. If you watch the clip, she even has an accent.
As a First Lady, US Senator, and Secretary of State, Clinton had deep ties to Washington, DC, alienating her from voters who craved an ‘outsider’ to shake up the swamp in 2016, leading to her shocking loss to Trump.
Her extensive experience, however, could be useful to Democrats seeking a “different approach.”
Political operatives usually don’t start searching for potential candidates for the next election so early in the administration, when a member of their own party already controls the White House. In addition, incumbent presidents rarely face serious primary challenges.
If Biden were to win a second term in the White House, he would be 81 years old, making him the oldest person who’s been sworn into office.
Having low approval ratings since October coupled with doubts over his fitness for office have dimmed his prospects.
A chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal last year, rising inflation sending prices skyrocketing, as well as a delayed response to a COVID wave caused by an Omicron variant that caused travel chaos and a shortage of virus testing have also gotten him in trouble.
Harris is not faring much better. Despite being heavily favored to succeed Biden, the vice president has trailed in the polls and faced criticism on several fronts, including her inaction on the southwest border after the president named her to lead the presidential response.
In a poll conducted by USA Today, only 40 percent of voters approved of Biden’s job. Only 32 percent approved of Harris’ performance.
A number of those damaging factors may leave Clinton with a ‘power vacuum’ to fill the article claims.
Multiple projections indicate that Democrats are on track to lose the midterms because of their unpopularity as the majority party in Washington.
Clinton encouraged her party to think ‘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.’
As the younger candidate, Clinton is already at an advantage, and Clinton ‘can use the party’s loss as a basis to run for president again, enabling her to claim the title of “change candidate”,’ the operatives write.
In recent interviews, Clinton has already indicated that she is thinking, if not looking, at future elections.
The operatives referenced a recent MSNBC interview in which they describe the 2016 candidate taking a shot at the Biden administration in an apparent attempt to distance herself from the unpopular leaders in power now.
‘It means 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,’ Clinton said in the interview.
In addition, she has forecast that her old Republican nemesis, who she beat in the 2016 popular vote but lost to in the Electoral College, will make a comeback.
‘If I were a betting person right now, I’d say Trump is gonna run again. I mean, he seems to be setting himself up to do that and if he’s not held accountable, then he gets to do it again,’ Clinton said during a news interview last month.
Clinton tried scaring voters by saying that if Trump wins again it could be the ‘end of our Democracy’ and that 2024 would mark a ‘make-or-break’ moment, hinting at a potential rematch.
During that month, Clinton also shared the speech she would have delivered at her inauguration if she had won the election and become the first female president.
HILLARY CLINTON: You know, I’m not sitting here, some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette. I’m sitting here because I love him and I respect him and I honor what he’s been through and what we’ve been through together.
You don’t hear a hint of Park Ridge, Illinois, in her voice. It’s all bourbon and okra. Pretty impressive. But that’s hardly the only persona in Hillary’s quiver. She contains multitudes. When she feels like it, Hillary can transform herself entirely from a middle-aged rich White lady to a weary, but dignified household domestic turned civil rights protester, bruised and battered from a harrowing march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the road to freedom. Sometimes Hillary Clinton is just sick and tired of being sick and tired.
HILLARY CLINTON: I don’t feel no ways tired. I’ve come too far. From where I started from, nobody told me that the road would be easy. I don’t believe he brought me this far to leave me.
It’s not a bad impression. Of course, there are other days when Hillary doesn’t talk at all, that’s in her repertoire, too. She just points her finger at you and cackles wildly like a mental patient on the subway. For the uninitiated, it can be a disconcerting experience; is she casting a spell? Is she going to bite me? You’re never sure. But her staff isn’t worried. They think it’s all part of her secret sauce. It’s one of the reasons everyone loves Hillary. Here’s the cackle routine.
PBS: Wouldn’t it be insane of you to run for office again?
HILLARY CLINTON: (Laughs)
CNN: Is she’s sitting across from me right now?
HILLARY CLINTON: (Laughs)
REPORTER: I don’t know why that’s funny. I mean, did you have any in-person briefings? I don’t find it funny at all.
HILLARY CLINTON: (Laughs)
COMEDY CENTRAL: How did you kill Jeffrey Epstein?
HILLARY CLINTON: (Laughs)
CNN: There are lot of people who are not…
HILLARY CLINTON: (Laughs)
HILLARY CLINTON: I mean, really, yes, it deserves a lot of laughter.
No, she didn’t kill Jeffrey Epstein. Remember all that? You’re starting to see how the Hillary Clinton phenomenon began in the first place and why it could so easily rekindle. Hillary’s political career was always a grassroots movement, a prairie fire if you will. She had famously broad support from top DNC officials to several billionaire Democratic donors. Ron Burkle came out for Hillary. That’s like winning every voter in the state of Ohio, at least from a fundraising perspective.
So clearly, she’s got the mechanics down. How about the issues? What’s Hillary going to run on? Come on. Think about it. Libya. She’s going to run on what she did in the North African nation of Libya. It’s the one achievement of her life that’s uniquely hers. Her husband had nothing to do with it. As Secretary of State under Obama, Hillary Clinton ordered the killing of Moammar Gadhafi. He was the bloodthirsty Libyan strongman who was also, let’s be honest, creepy and weird and therefore deserving of death. Hillary had him offed. Then she laughed about it. Watch.
CBS: That is the land of unconfirmed.
HILLARY CLINTON: Yes, we came. We saw. He died. (Hillary laughs)
CBS: Did it have anything to do with your visit.
HILLARY CLINTON: No, I’m sure it did.
Tucker responded: “We came, we saw, he died.” Pretty funny. But then what happened? Once Hillary killed the leader of the country, how did the country do? Well, let’s see. We’ll tell the story in pictures. Here’s the capital of Libya before Hillary Clinton decided to introduce the Libyan people to a little thing we call human rights. The city looks fine. But underneath there was no freedom. There were too few Soros-backed NGOs. She changed that. Now in that same city post-Hillary, people are being sold as property in the now thriving slave markets in downtown Tripoli. No, they’re not very happy, that’s true, but at least Gadhafi’s gone. So on some level, they’re free. They’ve been liberated by Hillary Clinton, despite the fact they’re now enslaved.
That’s called progress. It’s worth something. In fact, it’s a pretty good campaign slogan. Hillary 2024: She’ll do for us what she did for Libya. You could imagine the posters and T-shirts and coffee mugs. Somebody is going to need to get those slaves to sign a consent form, put them on the list. But all of a sudden, Hillary Clinton for president starting to sound a little less crazy, isn’t it? In fact, it’s starting to sound inevitable.
There are really two questions left to answer: Why did Hillary lose last time? And who would she run against two years from now? Let’s take the first question first. It’s got the simplest, most obvious answer. Hillary Clinton was cheated out of her rightful destiny in 2016 because unseen forces of evil worked furiously to undermine her because they feared her strength and goodness. Come on, you knew that. Hillary Clinton certainly knows that.
During her time as a candidate, Hillary’s entire appeal was that she was overqualified (a ridiculous notion) and level-headed. Do we really believe that after 2020? Apart from that, the Democratic Party base won’t let her run as anything other than a leftwing socialist hothead.
Even Democratic leaders are having these discussions, which shows how much trouble they are in. There simply aren’t any qualified candidates left by 2024, so they are entertaining has-beens, or never-beens now. Without COVID-19, Joe Biden would have never been able to run a normal campaign. Kamala Harris is among the worst politicians in the history of our time. Is there anyone left? Pete Buttigieg? Amy Klobuchar?