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Two Democratic operatives said Tuesday that Hillary Clinton may represent the ‘best option’ to lead Democrats in 2024 and likely defeat Donald Trump.
Joe Biden’s low popularity and both Kamala Harris and the Democrats’ domestic and foreign crises have Democrats searching for a viable candidate a year into Joe Biden’s presidency.
In a report, the operatives predict that this could be a catalyst for the former Secretary of State to make a political comeback.
Democrats’ fate is determined by how well they perform in this year’s midterm elections, they write.
In addition, if he wins a second term, Biden will be 86 years old when his second term ends.
In addition to being younger than the current president, Clinton would be 77 years old if she won and took office in January 2024. When Biden was sworn in, he was 78 years old.
Trump, who is roughly a year and a half older than Clinton, would also face similar challenges.
Donald Trump would demolish Hillary Clinton in 2024, just like he did in 2016.
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) January 12, 2022
‘Given the likelihood that Democrats will lose control of Congress in 2022, we can anticipate that Mrs. Clinton will begin shortly after the midterms to position herself as an experienced candidate capable of leading Democrats on a new and more successful path,’ the operatives stated.
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.
In addition, recent polling suggests she is more likely to defeat Trump than Biden in 2020. Polls in 2016 had her with an edge over Trump, but she failed to campaign in important states. Trump, on the other hand, was tireless as he crisscrossed the nation, campaigning in states that Democrats historically have won which ended with him breaking through their “Blue Wall” and securing the victory.
According to Real Clear Politics, in a hypothetical presidential race, Biden trails Trump by 4.8 percent.
As of late 2021, the polls indicate that around 46 percent of Americans would vote for Trump over 41.2 percent who would vote for Biden.
Rasmussen published a new poll on Tuesday which shows Biden suffering a similar fate.
The president would retain 40 percent of the support in a hypothetical rematch with Trump, while Trump would remain at 46 percent in a recent survey.
Besides the operatives who wrote the report, there are other pundits who think Clinton will be in the spotlight again soon, as well.
Conservative columnist Joe Concha of The Hill wrote: ‘Hillary Clinton always seemed to believe the mantle of “First Female President” was her birthright.’
‘And given how pathetic the field is on the Democratic side with or without Joe Biden, she may just get a second chance at winning the office her husband so famously made infamous.’