Posted by: maboulette | April 18, 2017

Hillary in 2020? Nothing’s far-fetched after Trump


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Officially out of the woods, Hillary Clinton is posing in pink suede pumps designed by Katy Perry.

THINKING ABOUT RUNNING

Of course, she’s thinking about running again. Why shouldn’t she, when Martin O’Malley, an asterisk in the last presidential contest, can boldly contemplate 2020?

CLINTON CAN’T LET GO

Clinton can’t let go of 2016, and neither can President Trump. Last November’s winner still broods over how FBI Director James Comey “saved” the loser’s life by failing to charge her with any crime relating to her private e-mail server. Trump is also “very upset” that Amanda Knox voted for Clinton even though Trump supported her claim of innocence way back when Knox was charged with murder in Italy.

BLEW IT

As Andrew Sullivan writes for New York magazine, Clinton blew it in many ways. As Sullivan also argues, there’s no reason to feel sorry for her — or, at least sorrier for her than any other presidential loser. But if you’re Clinton, there’s still reason to mull the could-have-been and replay the only-ifs enough to convince yourself there’s a scenario for redemption.

Sullivan dismisses Clinton’s popular vote victory of nearly 3 million over Trump as more evidence of the incompetence of her campaign. Yet, with a shift of some 77,000 votes in three states — she’s president. That’s a slightly smaller crowd than what it takes to fill Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

COMEY DIDN’T HELP CLINTON

Despite Trump’s bizarre musings, Comey did not help Clinton. He hurt her last July when he held a press conference to announce that while there would be no indictment, she was guilty of extreme carelessness regarding her e-mails. Eleven days before the election, he hurt her again when he sent a letter to Congress saying he was looking into newly discovered e-mails. Then, three days before the election, he kept the subject fresh in voters’ minds by announcing the case was finally closed.

RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE

Meanwhile, we now know that as of last July, the FBI had launched an investigation into possible interference by the Russians in the 2016 elections. But the voting public had no knowledge of that before Election Day. If Comey applies the same standard to Trump as he did to Clinton, the public should know more about that before the next presidential Election Day; during recent testimony before Congress, Comey confirmed an investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Fleshing out those details could help any Democrat running against Trump.

DEMOCRATS and 2020

Filled with retreads, the early field of Democrats thinking about 2020 is itself an invitation to Clinton. O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland who dropped out of the 2016 primary race after a dismal showing in Iowa, has already booked a trip to New Hampshire. After expressing regrets over not running in 2016, Joe Biden is also bound for the Granite State. John Kerry, a failed presidential candidate and former secretary of state — just like a rematch must be tempting to Clinton, given Trump’s assault on health care, immigrants, civil rights, and environmental protections, not to mention his flip-flops on foreign policy. Trump knows it too. As he watches Clinton emerge from the woods of Chappaqua, he’s back to calling her “crooked Hillary.” But next time around, he will be judged on his record, not his rhetoric. That’s enough to make Clinton think about his vulnerabilities and forget about her own.

NOTHING FAR-FETCHED

The press will remind her. But nothing is far-fetched. Not after Trump.

 

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  1. I love Hillary and I supported her in 2016, and still do. We know that #45 was complicit in her defeat by colluding with Russia. I still would LOVE to see a FEMALE DEMOCRAT AS POTUS before I die, but I cannot go thru another depressing upset! I will have to wait and see. Let’s not put the cart before the horse or we go NOWHERE!

  2. I would support Hillary in a heart beat! She would be a great president!


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