Will Hillary Clinton ever go away?
Many assumed her loss to Donald Trump would finally mark the end of her political career.
But new reports reveal her first step towards a political comeback.
Clinton recently appeared at the Women in the World Summit.
While she closed the door on running for office again, she did leave it open to returning to political life in some capacity.
Vanity Fair reports:
“The April 6 discussion between Hillary Clinton and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof at Tina Brown’s annual Women in the World Summit showed the candidate, after having suffered perhaps the most devastating loss in American political history, fully back to normal: a placid exterior not at all concealing the myriad calculations presumably taking place beneath as she plots her path back. “As a person,” she told Kristof, convincingly, “I’m fine. As an American, I’m pretty worried.”
Everyone in the room—along with everyone in the country—was concerned about where this worry might lead her. So the relief was almost audible when she crisply closed the door on a run for New York City mayor this fall, or, even more unlikely, a rematch with Donald Trump in 2020. She maintained, again convincingly, that elective office is behind her. Asked at the end of the 45-minute discussion if she has plans to run for office again (or to be president of UNICEF, of all things), Clinton said she had “no plans at all” to run again, for anything, and instead wanted to find “interesting things to do” like helping “Democrats take back Congress” and “supporting young people,” especially young women by encouraging them to run for office.”
Hillary’s first move is a collection of essays on the 2016 election.
Vanity Fair also reports:
“Rather than a memoir (she’s already written one about her time as secretary of state, the 2014 Hard Choices), Hillary is writing a book of essays, in part about the 2016 election, while searching for other ways to stay relevant. Part of the job is to reconfigure her ambition—it won’t simply go away. “There are a lot of people who have had an enormous impact on history that didn’t become president,” this insider continues. “In many respects, maybe she’s running for history now, or she’s running to fulfill a legacy.”
Will that lead to further political involvement?
She could campaign for the Democrats in 2018 and 2020.
Or she could work with a political group that promotes female candidates for office.
But would Democrats want her involvement?
Her presence at the top of the ticket was poisonous for the Democrat Party in 2016.
They were expected to take the Senate and make major gains in the House, but fell short on both fronts.
Hillary Clinton has no future in politics.
She is a twice-failed Presidential candidate – and there is little chance the Democratic base would give her a third opportunity to be their nominee.
And any involvement with other Democrat candidates would only cause them to lose support.
Clinton was one of the most hated political figures in American history.
And although Hillary does have her loyal supporters, which a candidate endorsed by her could use as their fundraising network, her haters far outnumber her admirers, and any attachment to Clinton would lead to the same negative ads and attacks that sunk Democrats up and down the ballot in 2016.
Hillary and her circle may be plotting some form of political comeback.
But it is doomed to fail.