It is not easy being Hillary Rodham Clinton. More than 18 months after losing the most surprising presidential election in some 70 years, she is on her personal Isle of Elba.
Like Richard Nixon back in the early 1960’s, the label she carries is “loser.” She has run and lost two presidential elections and now incurs the wrath of many disgruntled Democrats. It is not an easy position to be in for a woman that has the enormous ego of Hillary Clinton.
But this has not dissuaded the urgency she feels to stay in the public eye. Whether it derives from a common occurrence in these sorts of situations known as revenge, or the fanatical desire to clear her tarnished name, Hillary is running for president a third time.
Donald Trump is the target on her dart board and she is determined to resurrect their fight once again. It’s going to take a truckload of money to be heard once again, but that apparently will not derail her enthusiasm for the fight. That is an understatement.
Over the last month alone, the former Secretary of State and New York Senator has sent a total of five e-mails espousing her resume against the current president. Her most current theme is separation of migrant families at the southern border.
She writes, “This is a moral and humanitarian crisis. Everyone of us who has ever held a child in their arms, and every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged.” She is quick to remind her followers that she was a visionary on the topic back in 2016’s presidential campaign.
Her political PAC organization, “Onward Together,” has raised over one million dollars. Although that is a pittance should she decide to run again, it is impressive for a politician literally in the wilderness like Richard Nixon in 1962.
Clinton strives to include the ACLU, immigrants, Latinos, and women’s groups in her constituency. Although her arch enemy, Donald Trump, attempts to banish identity politics from his political rhetoric, Hillary thrives on it.
Her agenda at this moment includes protection of reproductive rights (a.k.a. abortion), voting rights, and access to healthcare. Although careful not to say the word “Obamacare,” she is a huge advocate. This is her game plan to unite the Democratic Party behind her.
Is her vision one that will succeed in a fast-changing political landscape? Her party is becoming far more liberal than Hillary has ever been. The political mood appears to fit the agenda of socialist Bernie Sanders far more comfortably than her middle-of-the-road past.
Her hope must be that the left-leaning movement will burn itself out and the party will look for a more moderate candidate to lead them. That was the exact scenario in 1968 that brought Nixon back to the national forefront and the crown jewel he sought for so long.
Her best chance is for a crowded and diverse field within her party beginning in 2019. She will remain the closest thing to an incumbent which may add strength to her message. She has the campaign experience and the fundraising capacity already in hand. That will be a huge advantage.
Looking ahead to the 2020 primaries, she has the edge. At this stage of the game the most likely opponents are politically weak. The brightest stars in July 2018 appear to be Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and former Vice President Joe Biden. There is not a shooting star in the group, although Sanders has a fanatical following.
Behind the scenes Hillary has already begun an attempt to rattle Sander’s ambitions. It appears a new rule within the party will dictate that a presidential candidate must be an active Democratic Party member. Sanders is a declared independent.
It should be assumed, barring health issues, Hillary Rodham Clinton will join the ranks of such past luminaries like William Jennings Bryan and run for a third try attempt at the presidency. The political obstacles are many, but it is very doable in the turbulent world of American politics.
Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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