Michael Goodwin has an article in the New York Post this morning in which he argues that based on recent email communications from her various super PAC’s to various activist groups in the party, she is contemplating another run at the presidency.
Clinton has reminded many rank and file Democrats that her groups have stood in the bulwark in fighting the policies of the Trump Administration, particularly, given the recent migrant child crisis on the border, his immigration policies. She noted that her group, Onward Together, has raised $1 million to various groups including the ACLU to change border policy.
She also introduced another one of her groups called Demand Justice, shortly after Supreme Court Justice, Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, to vigorously contest any of Trump’s nominees. The Director of Demand Justice is Brian Fallon, Clinton’s campaign press secretary.
In support of his argument that Hillary is contemplating another run, Goodwin argues that,
“With the Democratic Party locked in a battle between its far left wing and its far, far left wing, no single leader has emerged to unite it. Clinton is trying to play that role by being a mother hen to the fledgling activists drawn to politics by their hatred of Trump.
If they were active in 2016, most probably supported Bernie Sanders in his primary challenge to Clinton. But by helping to fund them now, she is putting them in her debt for later.
Ah, but will she need their support later? Is she really going to make a third run for the White House?”
However intriguing the idea of another Clinton campaign may be, there are a host of factors that insure that the idea will never gain traction, save among die-hard Hillary devotees.
There is the not insignificant problem of Bill Clinton’s unpredictable and potentially damaging behavior. He has a habit of straying from the campaign script and sticking his foot in his mouth. Any one of his intemperate and impolitic comments could cause irreparable damage to any third campaign. Furthermore, Bill Clinton’s unrepentant posture during his book tour will not play well during the primaries among the #MeToo crowd.
Those who spoke out against his White House depravity in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein disclosures, would be forced to deal with the indelicate question of why the party would want to reward and take the risk of sending Bill Clinton back to the White House again. The Democratic Party cannot possibly be that stupid. Although, they could always chose, yet again, to commit Hari Kari by tying themselves to the Bonnie and Clyde of American politics.
Goodwin claims that Hillary would easily beat presidential contender Kamala Harris in her home state of California. I think Goodwin here is way off the mark. Many in the Democratic Party view Harris as a female Obama. Given the party’s undying devotion to identity politics, Harris would defeat Clinton handily in any California primary.
Finally, it is highly unlikely there are any high-level strategists in the Democratic Party that would view favorably a third try for Clinton. If they decide to support another of Clinton’s bids for the presidency, they will have taken leave of their senses, given the party’s disastrous decision to hand her the keys to the kingdom in 2015, despite having notice of her email chicanery and the brewing troubles with the Clinton Foundation.
The Republican Party can only hope and pray that the Democrats nominate a has-been as their candidate.
One would naturally be inclined to ask: Has the Democratic Party a death wish?