When Hillary Clinton ran for president the first time, Americans decided they’d rather have a first-term senator and former “community organizer” in the White House. The second time she ran, Americans instead picked an egotistical narcissist who starred on a reality TV show and had no political experience at all.
But Hillary says she might just want to run again (even though from the way things have gone, we think she’d still get beat by Kid Rock).
During an event over the weekend, Clinton left the door open to a possible 2020 run. “Do you want to run again?” Recode’s Kara Swisher asked her during a Q&A session.”No, no,” Clinton replied, prompting laughter.
But then she added: “I’d like to be president.”
Clinton then began making what amounted to a campaign speech, saying “there’s going to be so much work to be done” if a Democrat can win in 2020. “The work would be work that I feel very well prepared for having been in the Senate for eight years, having been a diplomat in the State Department,” she said.
But like all politicians, she refused to say if she’s in or not. “I’m not even going to even think about it until we get through this November 6th election about what’s going to happen after that,” Clinton said.
Even though Clinton got crushed in the 2016 election — losing the Electoral College vote 304-227 — she never really went away. First, she blamed Russian interference for her shocking loss (never exactly explaining how the wily Ruskies got people in Wisconsin and Michigan to vote against her). Then she went on a worldwide tour to sell her book explaining why she lost, titled “What Happened.”
Democrats have a history of rejecting their nominees when they lose. In 2000, former Vice President Al Gore “won” the election until the Supreme Court ruled otherwise, at least according to diehard Democrats. Still, he didn’t return in 2004. And former senator John Kerry also nearly knocked off George W. Bush, with Ohio’s decisive results not coming until the morning after Election Day, but he, too, didn’t return for another run.
Still, people keep pushing Hillary. One of her longtime aides, Philippe Reines, told Politico earlier this month that there is a “not zero” chance that she’ll run (seriously, that’s how Clintonistas talk).
“It’s curious why Hillary Clinton’s name isn’t in the mix — either conversationally or in formal polling — as a 2020 candidate,” Reines said. “She’s younger than Donald Trump by a year. She’s younger than Joe Biden by four years. Is it that she’s run before? This would be Bernie Sanders’s second time, and Biden’s third time. Is it lack of support? She had 65 million people vote for her.”
So, she doesn’t want to run again — who wants to shake hands with all those filthy farmers in Wisconsin, anyway? — but she wants to be president. Perhaps Democrats could just make her Candidate For Life. She’ll never win, but she’ll stay in the news, which is what Hillary cares most about, anyway.
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