Mark Penn and Andrew Stein penned an op-ed that will appear in the WSJ tomorrow. This is the last 3rd of it. And it’s about Hillary Clinton.
Claims of a Russian conspiracy and the unfairness of the Electoral College shielded Mrs. Clinton from ever truly conceding she had lost. She was robbed, she told herself, yet again. But after two years of brooding—including at book length—Mrs. Clinton has come unbound. She will not allow this humiliating loss at the hands of an amateur to end the story of her career. You can expect her to run for president once again. Maybe not at first, when the legions of Senate Democrats make their announcements, but definitely by the time the primaries are in full swing.
Mrs. Clinton has a 75% approval rating among Democrats, an unfinished mission to be the first female president, and a personal grievance against Mr. Trump, whose supporters pilloried her with chants of “Lock her up!” This must be avenged.
Expect Hillary 4.0 to come out swinging. She has decisively to win those Iowa caucus-goers who have never warmed up to her. They will see her now as strong, partisan, left-leaning and all-Democrat—the one with the guts, experience and steely-eyed determination to defeat Mr. Trump. She has had two years to go over what she did wrong and how to take him on again.
Richard Nixon came back from his loss to John F. Kennedy in 1960 and won the presidency in 1968. He will be the model for winning again. Mrs. Clinton won’t travel the country in a van with Huma Abedin this time, doing small events and retail politics. Instead she will enter through the front door, mobilizing the army of professional women behind her, leveraging her social networks, and raking in donations. She will hope to emerge as an unstoppable force to undo Mr. Trump, running on the #MeToo movement, universal health care and gun control. Proud and independent, this time she will sideline Bill and Mr. Obama, limiting their role to fundraising.
The generation of Democrats who have been waiting to take over the party from the Clintons will be fuming that she is back and stealing their show. But they revealed themselves to be bungling amateurs in the Brett Kavanaugh nomination fight, with their laughable Spartacus moments. She will trounce them. Just as Mr. Trump cleared the field, Mrs. Clinton will take down rising Democratic stars like bowling pins. Mike Bloomberg will support her rather than run, and Joe Biden will never be able to take her on.
Don’t pay much attention to the “I won’t run” declarations. Mrs. Clinton knows both Mr. Clinton and Mr. Obama declared they weren’t running, until they ran. She may even skip Iowa and enter the race later, but rest assured that, one way or another, Hillary 4.0 is on the way.
Let’s not beat around the bush about Ms. Clinton’s possible candidacy. I’m certain there are plenty of pollsters and the donor class who would be willing to support another candidacy. But “Her” will have to get through the primaries. “Her” can’t skip them, especially Iowa or New Hampshire. And I doubt “her” would garner support from the progressives. “Her” has told the progressives via GOS before she didn’t need them. It wouldn’t take long for the “Benghazi E-mail” memes to re-emerge on Fox Channel. Her foreign policy was abysmal–in which it wouldn’t take long to reveal that she was for the separation of immigrant parents from their children if they came over the border illegally. She lacks any charisma nor empathy for those who can’t pay for her appearances.
For the sake of liberals and progressives, and for the Resistance against the authoritarian senate, WH, and majority on the SCOTUS, the answer is a resounding NO. And take Joe Biden too.