Tis the season for frights and fears and there might not be anything scarier than the thought of Hillary Clinton joining the 2020 race to compete against Trump and running for the presidency for the third time.
A new Politico magazine report titled: “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Hillary?” and subtitled: “She’s not going away—and Democrats aren’t sure what to do about it” shares Clinton’s potential role within a changing Democrat Party.
The report shares how the Clintons, both Hillary and Bill, have contacted rising Democrat candidates across the country and have offered their support. Many of these candidates, the report says, are skeptical about her influence and whether it would actually help them or whether it could potentially backfire.
Potential 2020 contender Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels who has a case against President Trump, said, per the report, “If I was running, I could see certain circumstances in which she could be helpful, from a rally perspective, in certain locations, on a limited basis.”
“I think there’s still a lot of people that support her, and for that reason, she could certainly play a positive role in some capacity in 2020,” he also said.
So she might or might not help other candidates for the congressional elections for 2018, but they are just a few weeks away. Then what? Well, 2020 is around the corner.
Some former advisers and friends have advised Clinton to find her post-election role abroad, serving as something like America’s unofficial top diplomat, talking about issues of human rights that have animated her entire career.
But the sense among people who still talk to her is that whether it’s because she wants to cement her legacy, or whether it’s because it’s how she’s conducted her life for the past 30 years, or whether it’s because she feels she was robbed in 2016, or whether there is a sliver of her brain that actually thinks of giving it another go, she just can’t step away from domestic politics.
Trump allies are loving it and even encouraging a narrative that she’s around because she’s running.
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“She’s a lion in winter,” said Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist. “Not only is she running, she should run. In the Democratic Party, the question is can anybody throw a punch or take a punch, and one thing we know about Hillary Clinton is she can take a punch.”
American political consultant and former Hillary Clinton senior aide Philippe Reines said she might be considered by the Democrat Party because of her tremendous following and legacy.
“It’s curious why Hillary Clinton’s name isn’t in the mix—either conversationally or in formal polling—as a 2020 candidate,” Reines said. “She’s younger than Donald Trump by a year. She’s younger than Joe Biden by four years. Is it that she’s run before? This would be Bernie Sanders’ second time, and Biden’s third time. Is it lack of support? She had 65 million people vote for her.”
Even if half of those people would no longer support Clinton in another election, Reines argued, “there’s no one in the Democratic Party who has anywhere near a base of 32 million people. That’s multiples of what a Sanders or a Warren have.”
Reines continued: “Chalking the loss up to her being a failed candidate is an oversimplification. She is smarter than most, tougher than most, she could raise money easier than most, and it was an absolute fight to the death.”
Reines pits the chance of her running between “highly unlikely and zero,” but notes that “it’s not zero.”