In an interview with BBC Radio on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton said that she was being strongly encouraged to throw her hat into the 2020 Democratic primaries. Asked by the hosts if she’d ruled out making one last run for the White House, Clinton said that she had not.
“As I say, never, never, never say never,” she told the radio program. “I will certainly tell you, I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it. But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you, that is absolutely not in my plans.”
Okay, well, a couple of things. One, for as much as Hillary Clinton likes to lie to prop herself up, we don’t doubt that she’s being honest about this pressure. The Democratic field is weak, and it’s getting saggier by the day. When billionaire Michael Bloomberg thinks he has to jump in at this late date to save the party’s chances, you know things are looking grim. Biden’s poll numbers are softening, Elizabeth Warren is attracting criticism from the LEFT for her outlandish Medicare-for-All plan, and Pete Buttigieg just wound up on top of the latest Iowa polling. These are grim days for anyone wanting to see Trump de-throned next November.
As for whether or not Hillary is really thinking about jumping into the race…well, we have our doubts. She’s already missed the deadline for filing in several of the primary states, meaning she would be left off those ballots. She’s still got time to get in and grab enough delegates to win the nomination, but even so…is there much appetite for that? We’re in a post-2016 world, and the nominee won’t be left up to the DNC this time around. New rules put the choice back in the hands of the voters, and we don’t see any particular enthusiasm for a Clinton candidacy.
Then again, there’s not all that much enthusiasm for any of the people currently running, so who knows?
For her part, Clinton has carefully kept the door cracked.
But in this week’s interview, she seemed to acknowledge that it was a longshot idea.
“I know, it’s way past time,” she said on Tuesday. “Look, I think all the time about what kind of president I would’ve been and what I would’ve done differently and what I think it would’ve meant to our country and our world. Whoever wins next time is going to have a big task trying to fix everything that’s been broken.”
Yeah, record unemployment, extraordinary GDP growth, no new Middle Eastern boondoggles, 90% of the population has health coverage…what a mess.
Got news for you, Hillary: “Whoever wins next time” is going to be Donald J. Trump – whether you jump in or not.