Hillary Clinton appears to be eyeing the 2020 presidential race.
When asked in October if she had plans to run again, Clinton expressed reluctance, telling a reporter, “No.” However, she later added, “Well, I’d like to be president. I think, hopefully, when we have a Democrat in the Oval Office in January of 2021, there’s going to be so much work to be done.”
If this weren’t enough to tip Americans off, according to a Wall Street Journal op-ed written by former Clinton adviser Mark Penn last week, Hillary Clinton will run for the office of president once again in 2020. If true, this would be Clinton’s third bid for the White House.
Penn writes that the former Secretary of State will be “Reinventing herself as a liberal firebrand”, transforming her political image into “Hillary Clinton 4.0”, who the former Clinton adviser says will come “full circle—back to the universal-health-care-promoting progressive firebrand of 1994.” Penn adds, “She won’t let a little thing like two stunning defeats stand in the way of her claim to the White House.”
Penn neglected to explain how Clinton’s new “firebrand” image would help her gain favor again among her disillusioned former supporters, or how it would help her win crucial ‘blue wall’ states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
What’s more, Penn is wrong about Clinton easily capturing the nomination.
If Clinton does decide to run, it is unlikely she will be the Democratic Party nominee, as the 2020 race will inevitably be flooded with contenders running on platforms much farther to the left than Clinton’s outmoded 1990s brand of liberalism, including probable candidates Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI), Sen. Kamala Harris (CA), Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX), and former Vice President Joe Biden; as well as those likely planning to run again, like Sens. Bernie Sanders (VT) and Elizabeth Warren (MA).
Those protesting Clinton’s potential 2020 run loudest are, ironically, Democrats—many of whom belong to the party’s younger faction. These voters are leading the charge in moving the party leftward and have continually expressed distrust in Clinton, who they’ve (accurately) labeled a career politician and self-interested bureaucrat. Many still resent her for rigging the Democratic primary to prevent Sen. Bernie Sanders from becoming the nominee, vowing to never support her if she runs again.
Nonetheless, Clinton appears confident and her former adviser seems certain that 30 years of history can be easily rewritten through a rebranding campaign.
They are not only wrong, but painfully out of touch with the current political landscape.
Still, some are looking at the silver lining of a potential 2020 Clinton run, arguing that it will provide incumbent President Donald Trump with the opportunity to defeat her once again. In response to Penn’s op-ed announcing the news, Trump consultant Kellyanne Conway tweeted simply, “Dear God, please, yes.”
Dear God, please, yes. https://t.co/bmfWokusJj
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 12, 2018
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