Thomas Gallatin / January 14, 2022

Hillary Clinton Again?

She may be floating another run at the presidency, taking advantage of the supremely unpopular Joe Biden.

Having never really accepted her defeat to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton appears to be once again eyeing a run at the presidency, evidently hoping the third time will be the charm. And why shouldn’t she be at least considering it? With Joe Biden deep underwater in popularity and his “president,” Kamala Harris, even lower in popular approval, Clinton may believe this is a perfect and final opportunity to exploit it.

As Doug Schoen and Andrew Stein contend in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed: “She is already in an advantageous position to become the 2024 Democratic nominee. She is an experienced national figure who is younger than Mr. Biden and can offer a different approach from the disorganized and unpopular one the party is currently taking.”

It is true that Clinton is indeed younger than Biden, whose obvious age-induced diminishment is one of the primary factors for his abysmal leadership. That said, 74-year-old Hillary is no spring chicken, and she’d be 77 upon taking office if successful in 2024, just one year younger than Biden, who holds the record of oldest-ever elected president.

Further indicating that Clinton is indeed contemplating a third run are recent comments made by both herself and Bill Clinton, the latter of whom opined that “one of the most profound mistakes we ever made” was failing to elect Hillary in 2016. And Hillary hasn’t shied away from offering criticism of Biden, stating in an MSNBC interview: “I think that it is time for some careful thinking about what wins elections, and not just in deep-blue districts where a Democrat and a liberal Democrat, or so-called progressive Democrat, is going to win.” That statement is quite obtuse given the fact that Biden did win the election by winning states like Georgia and Arizona, whereas Clinton famously lost the Rust Belt on her way to defeat. But we digress.

Clinton further contended that she was “all about vigorous debate,” adding, “at the end of the day it means nothing if we don’t have a Congress that will get things done, and we don’t have a White House that we can count on to be sane and sober and stable and productive.” Ouch!

The great irony here is that the Democrats, who love to tout their commitment to diversity and equity, seemingly choose to promote little other than old white candidates. It’s also interesting how quickly political pundits forget just how unpopular a candidate Hillary was. Imagine Hillary squaring off against Ron DeSantis. She’d likely attempt to cook up another foreign election collusion story, maybe this time accusing Cuba of seeking to collude with and promote DeSantis.

In the end, the Democrats are doomed for more election failures if they don’t find a candidate who is both likable and more reasonably centrist. Clinton is simply not that person.

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