WSJ Calls It: Hillary Will Run Again In 2020

Is this the “soft” declaration for Hillary Clinton’s bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination?

In an op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal Sunday night, two staunch Clinton family allies made what is perhaps the strongest case yet that the twice-defeated Democrat is licking her wounds and preparing for another bid for the presidency in 2020: “Don’t pay much attention to the “I won’t run” declarations” the op-ed authors write: Hillary “knows both Mr. Clinton and Mr. Obama declared they weren’t running, until they ran. She may even skip Iowa and enter the race later, but rest assured that, one way or another, Hillary 4.0 is on the way.

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Amusingly, the double-take-inducing headline “Hillary Will Run Again” confused more than a few people on twitter, who initially interpreted it as breaking news, and not mere speculation about the prospect for another Clinton campaign in 2020. Then again, given the authors’ close ties to the Clintons – Mark Penn was a pollster and senior adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton from 1995 to 2008 and Bill Stein is a former Democratic Manhattan borough president and president of the NYC council – it’s fair to suspect that this could be an early trial balloon for a third presidential bid by the former first lady and secretary of state.

The column starts by recounting the various iterations of Hillary Clinton the candidate, from the staunch moderate who announced her bid for retiring NY Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Senate seat in 1999 to the more progressive candidate who emerged in a much-derided video released in 2015 that saw her officially declaring her campaign.

It’s been quite a journey. In July 1999, Mrs. Clinton began her independent political career on retiring Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s farm in upstate New York. Her Senate platform included support for a balanced budget, the death penalty and incremental health-care reform. It was a decisive break from her early-1990s self. Hillary Clinton 2.0 was a moderate, building on the success of her communitarian “It Takes a Village” appeals and pledging to bring home the bacon for New York. She emphasized her religious background, voiced strong support for Israel, voted for the Iraq war, and took a hard line against Iran.

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But Hillary 2.0 could not overcome Barack Obama, the instant press sensation. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Mrs. Clinton held fast to centrist positions that would have assured her victory in the general election. But progressive leaders and donors abandoned her for the antiwar Mr. Obama. Black voters who had been strong Clinton supporters in New York and Arkansas left her column to elect the first African-American president. History was made, but not by Mrs. Clinton. Though she won more delegates from Democratic primaries, activists in caucus states gave Mr. Obama, who had called her “likable enough,” the heartbreaking win.

Licking her wounds, Mrs. Clinton served as secretary of state while she planned her comeback. It was during this time that the more liberal Hillary 3.0 emerged. She believed she could never win a primary as a moderate, so she entered the 2016 primary as a progressive like Mr. Obama. Then she moved further left as Sen. Bernie Sanders came closer to derailing her nomination. This time she was able to contain her opponent’s support, crucially by bringing African-American voters into her camp.

Despite her embarrassing and unexpected loss to Trump, Clinton retains a 75% approval rating among Democrats, an unfinished mission to be the first female president, and a personal grudge against her one-time friend for inspiring all of those “lock her up” chants. This is why, if she does run again, Penn and Stein expect her to come out swinging.

Expect Hillary 4.0 to come out swinging. She has decisively to win those Iowa caucus-goers who have never warmed up to her. They will see her now as strong, partisan, left-leaning and all-Democrat—the one with the guts, experience and steely-eyed determination to defeat Mr. Trump. She has had two years to go over what she did wrong and how to take him on again.

Looking back upon modern America history, the template for what will hopefully be the final Clinton presidential bid (assuming Chelsea isn’t harboring any ambitions of her own for higher office) is undoubtedly Richard Nixon, who lost to JFK in 1960 only to stage a comeback 8 years later and defeat Hubert Humphrey for the big seat.

Richard Nixon came back from his loss to John F. Kennedy in 1960 and won the presidency in 1968. He will be the model for winning again. Mrs. Clinton won’t travel the country in a van with Huma Abedin this time, doing small events and retail politics. Instead she will enter through the front door, mobilizing the army of professional women behind her, leveraging her social networks, and raking in donations. She will hope to emerge as an unstoppable force to undo Mr. Trump, running on the #MeToo movement, universal health care and gun control. Proud and independent, this time she will sideline Bill and Mr. Obama, limiting their role to fundraising.

Instead of declaring early, Clinton will wait for the deluge of senators and governors from the party’s “new generation” to declare their own presidential bids, and allow them to squabble among themselves for a bit. She might even wait until after Iowa to declare. Undoubtedly, this morass of amateurs will be livid to see Clinton back in the race. But if the Democrats’ inept handling of the Kavanaugh confirmation fight and their overall ineffectual performance during the Trump era is any indication, Clinton will run the table.

The generation of Democrats who have been waiting to take over the party from the Clintons will be fuming that she is back and stealing their show. But they revealed themselves to be bungling amateurs in the Brett Kavanaugh nomination fight, with their laughable Spartacus moments. She will trounce them. Just as Mr. Trump cleared the field, Mrs. Clinton will take down rising Democratic stars like bowling pins. Mike Bloomberg will support her rather than run, and Joe Biden will never be able to take her on.

While Stein and Penn make some compelling points, ultimately, the most obvious reason to suspect that Hillary might run again is that, at 73 years old in November 2020, what difference will it make if she loses again?

via www.zerohedge.com

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30 comments

  1. Yep, she will run. She will run against Lizzie first and then against Trump who will once again enjoy a public wiener roast topped with toasted marshmallow s’mores.

    1. The Dems will definately try to steal that election, either by allowing “Illegals” to vote, criminals, whatever it takes, she is pure evil.

    2. Once again, we will hear the magic words LOCK HER UP. Evidently, the party hasn’t smartened up as evidenced by Florida and Arizona as well as Georgia. She must have built a cave home in the woods to permanently retire. RVN 68-69

    3. How this CROOKED BROAD can even stay out of PRISON for all of her INEPT and CORRUPT activities during her stint as Secretary of State, I will NEVER UNDERSTAND!!! Her ILLEGAL USE OF A UNSECURED SERVER FOR EMAILS, HER STUPID HANDLING OF THE BENGHAZI INCIDENT WHERE SHE GOT FOUR AMERICANS KILLED, HER DESTRUCTION OF OVER 30,000 EMAILS AFTER BEING DEMANDED BY THE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE, HER LIES WHILE BEING QUESTIONED BY THE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE, HER ASSISTANCE IN THE SALE OF 20% of AMERICAN URANIUM, AND THEN ACCEPTING $145,000,000 (MILLION) to the CLINTION FOUNDATION JUST AFTER THE DEAL WENT THRU, AND THE DESTRUCTION OF EIGHT BLACKBERRY UNITS TO PREVENT ANY ILLEGAL ACTIVITY ON THEM. WHY IS SHE NOT IN PRISON??????? HOW COME SHE IS OUT ON STAGE FLAUNTING HER “FREEDOM”???

    4. Don’t think the Hill Bitch will run against the Liz Bag. Liz doesn’t want to be embarrassed by an old hag and see her star lose its shine – such as it is. Can’t believe the Dems are dumb enough to nominate Hill, and if they do, they deserve whatever pox might be foisted upon them. But we’re a year away for the Hill Bitch and who knows what dynamics might still occur to change the landscape, and seeing her constantly sitting when interviewed or speaking to the public, I think she might have undisclosed health problems.

      1. Shows how much confidence they have in their candidates. They have to go backwards instead of having faith in their new group of misguided fools,. Oh well, President Trump must be salivating over their choice and hoping they keep going the same old tired route. RVN 68-69

    5. What is she running for? She will really get demolished in a fair election as long as Florida, Arizona and Georgia fix their problems. She is really going to tick off the young libs in the party. Oh well, there is always going back to the woods for an option.

  2. When will this PITA woman go away?? Is she only going to run if they remove the electoral college? Do we really need more of her whining and numerous public appearances on TV, that horrible creepy laugh and the unending parade of her thousands of pantsuits???? Hillary don’t just go for a walk in the woods, GET LOST IN THE WOODS AND STAY THERE.

  3. She offers NOTHING America needs or wants.
    Running on ego, people are weary of her and the Obamas.
    She stirs up strife wherever she goes. She is more of a globalist, along with her hubby.
    There are many who are on to her crooked ways and want her to be “locked up”.
    Say goodbye now, before you get fully exposed as the criminal you truly are.

    1. A SERIOUS DRUNK STUMBLING FALLING DOWN HAS BEEN CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and I don,t want that, and most of AMERICA does,nt want it either . She is a LOSER, time for hrc to go go go go gone.

  4. She needs to DRY UP and BLOW AWAY ! WE THE PEOPLE
    don’t need anymore SCREAMING, LYING and anymore UGLY FACED OLD HAGS like the BENGAHZI MURDERER aka
    KILLARY CLINTON , or NON – NON NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN
    aka POCAHONTAS WARREN !

  5. Three time looser, that will be a fitting title for Hillary. I could think of nothing more motivating than a Hillary run for president, it worked for conservatives last time. I am confident it would work equally well again. However, we had better get our shit together and fix our election system to protect against fraud.

  6. I just wish the LYING old Witch would go away. She can’t be trusted to run our country. She would be a worse president than Obama if that’s possible. She is crooked, immoral and should be in prison for her crimes.

  7. Funny thing is, she’ll have to rig another DemonRAT primary to do it. Shit, it looks like half of the crooked vile DemonRATS in the country are running, not to mention actors, porn star lawyers, actors, hookers, and so on…

  8. She cannot run if she is in prison. Maybe with a new Atty Gen with a backbone will finally go after this criminal who is running loose. It would be the best thing the Trump administration could accomplish. The way politics are today, I do not expect ‘‘tis to happen.

  9. Let her run. She will just be a another big splinter in the already manifestly divided Democratic party. They have nothing among the whole lot to offer the American public except division and hatred. She is a pathetic person with delusions of grandeur, who must keep her face constantly in the public eye (re: the Bill and Hillary tour) lest she be forgotten! She doesn’t have the “street cred” that she used to regardless of the curious statement that she still retains a 75% “approval rating” (whatever that might be) among Democrats. Far too many of them that feel that “it’s time for somebody OTHER than Clinton!”

  10. I believe the Democrat leadership would look at her as unelectable and would torpedo her campaign in the Primaries. She isn’t retiring from politics. Her ego won’t let her. I think that a 2020 shot at the White House is out of the question. If she got the nomination in 2020, Trump would walk all over her and the Democrat leadership knows it. She is the same age Reagan was in 1982. By 2020 she would be 74 so I seriously doubt she would have a chance of winning the nomination. Another Hillary run for the White House would be nothing more than a pipe-dream. The Democrats want the White House in 2021 and they don’t want to wait until 2025.

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