Report: Is Hillary Clinton Planning Yet Another Run for President?
Political writer Michael Goodwin of the New York Post has been reading the tea leaves, and he thinks that Hillary Clinton isn’t quite as ready to settle in to a nice, quiet, grandma kind of life as she claims. Watching ClintonWorld carefully over the past few months, Goodwin wrote this weekend that Hillary’s willingness to jump into the fray every time the latest Trump administration “outrage” hits the headlines could point to something more significant that a desire to be a small part of the #Resistance. He thinks Mrs. Clinton “is up to something.”
From the column:
Five times in the last month alone, she sent e-mails touting her super PAC’s role in combating President Trump. Most seized on headline events, such as the family-separation issue at the southern border.
Under the message line, “horrific,” she wrote June 18: “This is a moral and humanitarian crisis. Everyone of us who has ever held a child in their arms, and every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged.” She said she warned about Trump’s immigration policies during the 2016 campaign.
Three days later, she was back again, saying that her group, Onward Together, raised $1 million and would split it among organizations working to change border policy, including the American Civil Liberties Union and a gaggle of immigrant, refugee, Latino and women’s groups.
Goodwin points out that Clinton has also teamed up with a new group called Demand Justice to push Senate Democrats to oppose whomever it is that President Trump nominates to the Supreme Court. Of course, Demand Justice, as Goodwin notes, is hardly a “separate” entity; its executive director is none other than Brian Fallon, the man who served as Hillary’s press secretary during the 2016 campaign.
Does all of this point to another run at the White House? Goodwin believes that it does. And despite there being very little interest among Democrat donors for a third Clinton run, Goodwin believes that Hillary sees a possible path to the nomination.
“Because there’s no clear front-runner for the nomination 18 months into Trump’s presidency, Clinton remains the closest thing to an incumbent,” he writes. “She’s also got numerous advantages, from name recognition to campaign experience to an off-the-shelf Cabinet, that could give her a head start.”
As hard as it is to imagine that the Democratic Party would pin their fortunes to the same woman who failed them so badly in 2016, Goodwin makes a decent point. Progressive voters may be pining for someone new, but if their vote is split among 15 insurgent candidates, Hillary could come out on top in a war of attrition. And once she’s the last woman standing, the Democrat donors will undoubtedly fall in line to fund her second battle with Trump.
We’re still extremely skeptical that we’re in for Trump vs. Clinton Part II…but then again, stranger things have happened.