Against all odds, logic, and common sense, it seems as though Hillary Clinton may actually run for president a third time in 2020. Apparently confident that she can finally win the brass ring this time around, now that James Comey, Vladimir Putin, the BernieBros, Matt Lauer, The New York Times, Anthony Weiner, and a million other forces are finally out of her path, Clinton is refusing to rule out another bid for the Democratic nomination.
According to CNN White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny, people close to Clinton have said that she has said as “recently as this week” that she is not “closing the doors to the idea of running in 2020.”
“I’m told by three people that as recently as this week, she was telling people that look, given all this news from the indictments, particularly the Roger Stone indictment, she talked to several people, saying ‘look, I’m not closing the doors to this,’ ” Zeleny said. “It does not mean that there’s a campaign-in-waiting, or a plan in the works.”
Zeleny said that Clinton is getting the confidence for another run from the fact that she won the popular vote in 2016. Which, you know, someone should finally sit down with her and tell her that while that may be true, it doesn’t actually mean anything. She could have won with another 3 or 4 million California votes and it still wouldn’t have changed the results of the election. It still doesn’t mean that voters in the Midwest want to see her break that glass ceiling at the expense of the economy.
“Most losing presidential candidates never totally close the doors to running for president, something that’s really hard to do. So I put this in the category,” Zeleny said. “But I think we have to at least leave our mind open to the possibility that she is still talking about it. She wants to take on Trump. Could she win a Democratic primary to do it? I don’t know the answer to that.”
Frankly, we’d put her chances as pretty good. She has far more name recognition than anyone else likely to enter the race, with the possible exception of Joe Biden. Granted, her negatives are still in the toilet, but who knows? She managed to overcome his raging unpopularity to win the nomination in 2016, so who’s to say she couldn’t do it again. Guaranteed, the media will be much more favorable to her this time around; you won’t hear a peep about “emails” from any of the major newspapers or cable networks. Nor about the Clinton Foundation, Uranium One, Benghazi, or any of a thousand other disturbing Clinton scandals. Could she ride that free pass all the way to Clinton/Trump II, The Revenge?
When it comes to this family’s ability to manipulate the political world, we wouldn’t underestimate her.