For over a year, the mainstream media and the left assured the country that there was no way Donald Trump was going to win the 2016 presidential election. Virtually every poll predicted a Hillary Clinton victory and her team was even popping champagne bottles on election afternoon.
Then, the most shocking political upset in political history happened. Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. If it took you by surprise then you can imagine how Hillary Clinton felt. It is very unlikely she had a backup plan in place.
There has been a lot of speculation as to what Hillary is going to do next. Some people believe she will run for mayor of New York City and others predict that she will permanently exit from public life.
According to close friends of hers, she is very interested in sticking around the political scene.
From The Daily Mail:
The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is looking at a series of reports to examine what went wrong as she and Bill Clinton figure out what’s next for the couple who have dominating their party’s politics for 25 years.
Politico talked to a number of Clinton allies who say the former secretary of state is waiting out the Democratic National Committee chair election in February – as it’s shaping up to be an ideological rematch of the Clinton versus Sen. Bernie Sanders Democratic primary war.
Their inner circle is also advocating a ‘wait-and-see’ approach before she steps into a more public-facing role – in part so they can see if President Donald Trump’s poll numbers sink, which in turn means Hillary Clinton’s could rise.
‘I’m certain Trump will screw up enough that by the fall of ’18, Hillary’s numbers will be way up again,’ predicted Clinton friend and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to the online publication, referring to the timing of the congressional midterm elections, the party’s next big test.
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It will be interesting to see which way Hillary goes. It is very likely she could win an election in a place like New York or California where her supporters have a lot of power.
A national election? Hard to imagine.
This past election was a clear rejection of dynastic politics for both the Republican and Democrat establishments.
Hillary might be better served to accept that message and focus on other things.