Her moment has passed, she was a terrible candidate, and her endless claims of victimhood are tiring rather than inspiring. No one is clamoring for another Clinton run in Hollywood or other leftist hotbeds. They want a new blockbuster, not a sequel to failure.
Yet Hillary is up to something and it's not something we didn’t already know. Onward Together, formed in May of 2017, is a 2020 campaign vehicle in waiting.
Its homepage says the group “is dedicated to advancing the vision that earned nearly 66 million votes in the last election.” Advancing the vision? More like advancing the candidate who collected those votes despite not having a vision.'
Is she really going to make a third run for the White House? The odds are zero that she is playing community organizer just to be a kingmaker. When it comes to money and power, the Clintons assume charity begins at home.
With the Democratic Party locked in battle between its far left and its far, far left wings, no single leader has emerged from the 20 or so Dems in line for a shot at the nomination to unite it. Clinton is trying to play that role by being mother hen to 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. Here’s why she can’t be ignored:
First, w;ith no clear front-runner for the nomination, Clinton remains the closest thing to an incumbent. She’s also got numerous advantages, from name recognition to campaign experience to an off-the-shelf Cabinet, that could give her a head start.
Second, a crowded, diverse field diminishes the chances of anyone knocking her off. Recall how Trump outlasted 16 GOP rivals by having a committed core of supporters that grew as the field shrunk. Clinton could be in a similar position — unpopular among many, but also unbeatable by a single opponent.
Third, looking ahead to the 2020 primaries, she sees no reason to fear the favorite daughters and sons in key blue states. And please — forget Sanders and Joe Biden. Sanders is already 76 and Biden, at 75, has never been a viable candidate for president and still isn’t.
Fourth, money is not an issue. Some donors will resist Clinton at first, but any Dem nominee can count on all the money in the world to run against Trump.
To be clear, there are scenarios where Clinton doesn’t run. Health reasons, for example, or a younger rival could rocket to the top of the pack and become the party’s next Barack Obama. Either way, recurring nightmares of two previous defeats would send her back to wandering through the Chappaqua woods.
Does Clinton want to go for it? Doubters should recall the line about pols who get the presidential itch: There are only two cures — election or death. Besides, the third time could be the charm.