According to two new reports about how frantic top-level Democrats are getting about the pathetic field of candidates in the 2020 presidential race, Hillary Clinton has been telling friends and allies that she is not done contemplating a last-minute jump into the pond.
According to The New York Times, Clinton has been telling friends that she would announce her candidacy is and win she were to determine that she could “certainly” win the thing. And according to the Washington Post, Clinton believes that a new State Department report exonerating her of deliberate wrongdoing in the email saga could open a pathway to that victory.
Yes, against all odds, we could see a Trump vs. Clinton rematch in 2020.
More than taking any particular comfort from that State Department report (which did, after all, find that Clinton and her staffers committed more than 600 violations of protocol in relation to her private server), we’d imagine that Hillary is buoyed by the content of these articles. In them, Democratic leaders, donors, and party officials admit that there is a lot of uncertainty and skepticism about the crowded field seeking the presidency.
Elizabeth Warren? She’s poison to the establishment and the Wall Street donors.
Bernie Sanders? Same as above, with the additional baggage of his democratic socialist label and his close association with liberal loons like the House Squad.
Kamala Harris? No one really cares.
And Joe Biden, who was the last, best hope the Democrats really had of taking back the White House next year? Well, he’s proven to be more of a gaffe machine in this race than he was previously…and that’s saying something. Watching him try to maintain his energy and string together coherent sentences on the debate stage is nothing less than an exercise in cringe. Completely take the China/Ukraine concerns out of the equation, and you still have a candidate who may very well not have what it takes, mentally and physically, to do the job of President.
In remarks to the Post, former Clinton donor John Coale was blunt in his assessment of the Democratic field: “They don’t have anybody who can win the general.”
Put this all together, and you have what could be the perfect scenario for Hillary Clinton to elbow her way into the race, collect all the “I’m With Her” supporters who still feel aggrieved about last time, and take that third shot at the championship that she so obviously craves.
“Ultimately, it’s unlikely she would do it,” one Clinton ally told the Post. “But put it this way: It ain’t zero.”