Because of Joe Biden’s deteriorating poll ratings, there has been talk that Mrs. Clinton may make a return in politics in 2024, riding to the rescue when the Democratic Party’s legislative program is in chaos and there is no apparent successor on the horizon. Having said that, it’s possible that stories of Hillary Clinton’s political doom were substantially overblown.
In an op-ed published on Wednesday, two Democratic insiders — pollster Douglas E. Schoen and former Manhattan Borough President Andrew Stein — set out the case for Mrs. Clinton as the party’s “likely best choice” in the 2024 presidential contest, claiming that she can lead a shift to the center.
In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, the Democrats stated that “given the likelihood that Democrats will lose control of Congress in 2022, we can anticipate that Mrs. Clinton will begin shortly after the midterm elections to position herself as an experienced candidate capable of leading Democrats on a new and more successful path.”
Conservatives laughed at the Clinton speculation, claiming that if she is really the Democratic Party’s greatest chance for the future, then the party is in serious danger.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, described the rumors as “an embarrassment for the Democrats, but it also demonstrates the dilemma in which they find themselves.”
“Take a minute to reflect about it….” Despite the fact that the Democrats have the majority in both houses of Congress and the President, they are considering bringing Hillary Clinton back as their nominee for president. Mr. McCarthy made the statement on Fox News. “This demonstrates just how awful the economy is doing. This demonstrates how poorly Joe Biden is doing as president, as seen by the fact that they would switch back to someone who has been rejected by the people.”
Mrs. Clinton said she was “done with being a candidate” after losing the 2016 presidential election to Republican Donald Trump, and that she had no plans to run again.
Since Republican Richard Nixon, who lost the 1960 presidential election but went on to win the next year, no candidate has come back from a general election defeat to regain the presidency.
Mrs. Clinton, on the other hand, would never be accused of lacking ambition. A portion of her scheduled acceptance speech for the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature was recently given in her master class on “resilience,” and she has continued to make political commentary.
According to her advice given last month, Democrats should avoid fielding left-wing candidates in any seats other than “deep blue districts.”
“Look, I’m all for healthy discussion,” she said in an interview with MSNBC. The fact that individuals have an opportunity to participate in the process is positive, in my opinion. Nonetheless, if we don’t have a Congress that is capable of getting things done, and if we don’t have a White House that we can trust to be rational, sober, stable, and productive, all of this is for nothing.”
Former President Bill Clinton characterized his wife, Hillary Clinton, as “the most qualified person to run for government in my lifetime” in a statement released last month.
“We may conclude from Mrs. Clinton’s recent words that she would jump at the chance to run for president again if the opportunity presented itself,” Mr. Schoen and Mr. Stein said in their letter.
Her extensive political baggage, which includes the catastrophic 2012 Benghazi raid, her use of a private email server while secretary of state, and her part in supporting the flawed Steele dossier during her 2016 presidential campaign, all work against her in this election.
“A Hillary Clinton presidential campaign would be completely illogical,” John J. Pitney Jr., a politics professor at Claremont McKenna College, said in an email. “The liabilities that brought her to her knees in the past have not been removed by time. If you were to ask Americans what they would want to see in 2024, few would respond, “A repetition of 2016,” according to a recent poll.”
Mrs. Clinton is hardly a spring bird at 74, but she is five years younger than Mr. Biden, despite the fact that she has been a national political presence for 30 years. Additionally, the former secretary of state might find a space among Democrats who are dissatisfied with the party’s hard-left shift during the Biden administration.
Ms. Clinton may use the time between now and the midterm elections doing what the Clinton administration did after their landslide loss in the 1994 midterm elections: developing a moderate agenda on domestic and international policy, according to Mr. Schoen and Mr. Stein. Mrs. Clinton’s plan has the potential to demonstrate that she is the only genuine alternative to Vice President Biden, Senator Kamala Harris, and the whole Democratic Party establishment.
Although “in politics, you never say never, and that is particularly true during these extraordinarily volatile times,” California Democratic strategist Darry Sragow remained doubtful.
“That said, I might be completely wrong about this, but the only conjecture about a Clinton presidential bid in 2024 that I’ve seen comes from within the Beltway,” he said in an email to the publication. In the actual world, I have no way of knowing whether voters are seeing her in a positive or negative light.
Mr. Pitney said that Democrats who are desperate to select an uniting party elder would wish to consider another person from the Clinton White House: former Vice President Al Gore, who is 73 and is now serving as a senator from California.
Mr. Trump, 75, has intimated on several occasions that he would seek for a second term after losing to Mr. Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
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