In a recent interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, Hillary Clinton mentioned that Democrats were not exactly breaking her door down to sit at her feet and get her advice about running for president in 2020. This is probably not shocking to anyone who watched her lose, and lose badly, to Donald Trump – a man who has never before run for political office before – but Clinton refused to admit that her (repeated) failure to win the presidency could be the reason that no one has come knocking.
“I see Democrats all the time, and nobody has said, ‘Hey, I’m going to run,’ or ‘I’m thinking about running, give me advice now,’” she said. “Because it is too soon.”
Too soon, eh? Perhaps, but is it too soon because these Democrats aren’t thinking about forming their exploratory committees yet or too soon because they know you’re still butthurt about losing to Trump? Too soon, because they still think you might want to give it one more shot before finally giving up on the dream of breaking that infamous glass ceiling? Or is it too soon because these Democrats remember all too well how you utterly failed to energize the Democratic base, completely bungled any attempt to inspire the Obama coalition, and ran a presidential campaign that was about as exciting as the common cold?
“There may be some private planning going on by some people,” she admitted. “I wouldn’t know who. I wouldn’t hazard a guess. But in terms of actually seeking out advice, people have said hey, I want to come talk to you. But I haven’t had those conversations, in large measure, because I’ve said I’m going to focus next year on 2018, and then you know, I’ll be happy to talk.”
The fact is that Hillary went into 2016 with every advantage a candidate could possibly want to have. She was up against an inexperienced (widely hated) Republican. She had the entire news media on her side in a way that only Barack Obama has had before. She had the novelty of being the first woman president. She had an extraordinary war chest filled with donations – not only from reliable liberal donors but some Republican ones as well. And yet, even with all these things at her disposal, she couldn’t get the job done. Who the hell would go to her for advice?