Truthfully I thought we were done discussing Hillary Clinton in relation to presidential runs, but in 2019, the landscape may be more disturbed and twilight-zoned that in 2016. Word on the political street now is the rumbling that the impeachment probe launched by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be the crack that opens the door for another presidential run by Hillary Clinton. This time, the thinking goes, Hillary would be running with vindication that the 2016 election was “stolen” from her and she can ascend in 2020 to reclaim the mantle for her party and the majority of the country that voted for her.

Of course, for Hillary to run in 2020, she’d have to bump the dozen or so other Democrats also running for the same job out of the race. Someone should message Joe Biden and see how he feels about that since he was “bumped” in 2016 to let Hillary have an easy primary contest.

According to a story at Newsweek that came out a week before the impeachment story broke, some bettors were already placing odds that Hillary had a better shot at the 2020 nomination than some of the current candidates:

At the bookmaker Ladbrokes, Clinton has seen enough backing by bettors to rise to the seventh favorite for the 2020 nomination at 20/1. Booker, a senator of New Jersey, is eighth at 33/1. O’Rourke, a former representative of Texas, is ninth at 50/1.

“We’re baffled, to be honest,” Matthew Shaddick, head of political betting at Ladbrokes, told Newsweek. “We’ve taken more bets on her to be the Democratic candidate than any of the other runners.”

Amid speculation earlier in the year that she could enter the 2020 race, Clinton ruled herself out. “I’m not running, but I’m going to keep on working and speaking and standing up for what I believe,” Clinton told New York’s News 12 in March.

Note her phrasing from the statement back in March. “I’m not running,” which is to say, at this moment, I am not running. She’s leaving the door open for a reason and clearly some people, even if they’re probably gambling addicts, think she could still have a shot better than some of the candidates that will be on the debate stage next month.

What about this week, after we’ve watched the impeachment news have time to fester and watch the dust settle on the new political landscape of 2019? Hillary has not kept quiet about her feelings over the 2016 election. She called President Trump “illegitimate” and said she feels that impeachment would be some form of vindication for her 66 million voters. She has a lot to say on the subject and isn’t letting it go anytime soon. In many ways, she has never conceded the 2016 race to Trump.

A magazine called The National Interest, which focuses on U.S. foreign policy, wrote about this very subject in relation to an interview Hillary gave to CBS last week:

The ostensible purpose of her CBS interview was to promote her new tome, The Book of Gutsy Women, co-written with her daughter Chelsea. But Clinton’s sallies against Trump raise a key question: is she gunning for a rematch in 2020?

The ferocity of her serial assaults on Trump suggests that she might. For one thing, she dismissed the notion that 2016 was her fault. Instead, she suggested that Trump deployed a variety of underhanded methods to subvert what would have been the true verdict of voters: “I believe he understands that the many varying tactics they used, from voter suppression and voter purging to hacking to the false stories – he knows that – there were just a bunch of different reasons why the election turned out like it did.”

Nor was this all. She likened the 2016 campaign to “applying for a job and getting 66 million letters of recommendation and losing to a corrupt human tornado. And so I know that he knows that this wasn’t on the level. I don’t know that we’ll ever know what happened.”

The article goes on to argue that Hillary fits somewhere in between Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren in terms of filling an open niche in the Democratic primary. If Biden is too old, and Warren is too left-wing, is Hillary Clinton the answer to that equation? Many Democratic voters, no doubt, would probably say “No” for the same reasons they did in 2016 when Bernie Sanders almost bested her for the nomination.

On the other hand, does Hillary have a slice of support among Democrats who are sympathetic to her claims of having an election stolen from her? Would they drop pretenses against her establishment pedigree to give her a redo?

If we were to see a Clinton/Trump rematch, both candidates would have something to prove. For Trump, it would be about proving that his first victory wasn’t some kind of fluke or some kind of “stolen” election by the Russians. For Hillary, it would be about proving she can run a winning campaign with her base now awakened to the reality of a Trump presidency. There’s much more to it than that, of course, but on the broad view, it’s simply a replay of 2016 with both candidates well known, and rather disliked among voters in general.

Imagine a scenario where Biden begins to fade and the next in line may be too far left for what some Democrats fear would be an electorate looking for moderation and tempered leadership after living with Donald Trump. Well, Biden is currently faltering under pressure from Elizabeth Warren, and the rumblings of her views being “too left-wing” for Wall Street are already starting.

For all the discussion though, there is still no hard evidence that Hillary is intent on running again in 2020. The door remains open, though, for now, but the question is whether she’d be a welcome addition to the process.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Health wise I hope she doesn’t get involved. Why? In my opinion it was obvious to me, in the 2016 campaign, that Hillary was having some health issues.

  2. In the past, when a convention was deadlocked, they would turn to a compromise candidate. It’s conceivable that neither Biden nor Warren may be able to get a majority. In that case, they’d have to look for someone that both sides could agree on, but I don’t see that as being Hillary. Even if you like her history and stands, she showed in 2016 that she was totally inept as a candidate–especially against Trump. I would put my money on Kamala Harris if there’s a deadlock.

  3. If the Democratic party even considers the meglomaniac Hillary Clinton, they are dumber than I have believed.?

    In Hillary Clinton you have the most vile person on the face of the Earth. President Trump may have his warts but Hillary Clinton is one big festering sore. In 2016 she and her lackey Debbie Wasserman Schultz monumentally screwed Bernie Sanders. A few Sanders supporters I personally know didn’t necessarily like Donald J Trump but they abhorred Hillary Clinton. Ultimately they either voted for a third party candidate or simply didn’t vote. I would wager with utmost confidence that the same thing happened with Sanders supporters all across the country. I doubt anyone can forget Clinton calling half of Trump’s supporters a basket of deplorables.?

    Those that were affected by these slights will not have forgotten. How I wish the Democratic party would be so foolhardy as to give this hag another chance.?

      • My point if you bother reading my post is that Hillary Clinton alienated 50% of the electorate. Only a total fool or a Democrat like you can’t realize that she has a snowball’s chance in hell that the Democratic party will let her run.?

        Hillary Clinton will however be president one day, president that is of the glee club in whichever prison she eventually winds up in.?

          • 65%? Is that another unverifiable figure that is dredged up by Democrats with too much time on their hands??

            • Are you stacking the deck again by only querying Democrats? President Trump has an over 90% approval rating with Republicans.?

              Are you ready for another four years of Donald J Trump??

            • No, that’s among all Americans. A clear majority of the voters find Trump repulsive, as was reflected by the fact that he lost by millions of votes in 2016.

            • Have the powers that be ever found if the supposed advantage that Billary had in the popular vote actually came from live American voters. I have been led to believe that illegals, dead people and those who voted twice made up some of that popular vote victory for Billary. Even with all that the conniving meglomaniac was still trounced by our beloved President Trump.?

            • You found me out. At this point in time I am conspiring to have you locked up in a funny farm.?

  4. Very weak case. Not worth an article. In any case, it shouldn’t happen, and it won’t happen. Republicans need to stop obsessing over Hillary Clinton and move on with their lives.

  5. I really believe the 2020 election belongs to the Democrats, but it is also their’s to lose. And, based on the way they are handling the debates (who makes it and who doesn’t) and the reliance on polling numbers, there are more goof-balls in the DNC besides Debbie Wasserman Schultz. I agree with some of Straight Shooter’s comments, especially DWS’s handing of the 2016 Dem. election process (encouraging other candidates not to run, stealing delegates from Bernie at the convention). The Dems rolled out the red carpet and cleared the path for Hillary – and she still couldn’t pull it off. Not all of those 66 million votes were loyal Hillary people – and, Hillary advocates should really take note of that. I would bet a number of those votes were for the lesser of the two preceived evils. I still believe that Bernie could have beaten Trump.

    Voters wanted a disruptor of the system which has so often worked against them – and, THAT MOVEMENT has only gotten bigger, louder, more active with the rise of the #METOO movement and as a result of all the mass shootings. And, THAT MOVEMENT provided enough votes for Trump to enter the White House. While he has arguably been a disruptor, he hasn’t accomplished ‘change for the people’. Those votes are seriously in play for this upcoming election. And, Hillary doesn’t get them.

    Among the #METOO movement, Hillary alienated women when she “Stood By Her Man’ and attacked his accusers (No, we haven’t forgotten). Furthermore, she represents the ‘status-quo’ with backdoor deals and flip-flopping on issues to suit her agenda. All I can say is I truly hope the DNC doesn’t make this mistake again. Maybe Voters are ready for a Female President, but there are enough viable female candidates running and Hillary isn’t – and should not be – one of them.

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