Michael Goodwin of The New York Post is no Hillary Clinton fan, but he’s got some pretty good sources in ClintonWorld, and he’s one of the best conservative writers to pay attention to when you want to get an idea of where this corrupt family is headed next. So while it may seem just shy of absurd that Hillary would make yet another bid for the White House, we have to admit that Goodwin makes some good points when he describes her path back to the national spotlight.
Goodwin begins by acknowledging that Democrats – well, liberal pundits, in any case – have begun to turn sharply on Clinton over the past few months. He notes several recent articles in Vanity Fair, Politico, and elsewhere that have criticized Clinton from the left, encouraging her to “shut up and go away,” as one writer put it.
But, he says, as harmful as Hillary Clinton may be to the brand Democrats are trying to build right now, she may also be the only one with a snowball’s chance in hell against President Trump.
From the NY Post:
Implicit in the charge that Clinton is the problem is the assumption that others are the solution. It’s a fair point — until you try to name any Dem who has a better shot at serving as the party’s leader, uniting it around a message and potentially defeating Trump in 2020. After all, that’s the job that is vacant.
So let us run through the parade of likely applicants, starting in the Senate: Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand.
Anybody stand out? While there is political talent, none strikes me as a heavyweight contender who could lead the party and go toe-to-toe with Trump.
Sanders is running on vapors, Booker is a lightweight who embarrassed himself with the Spartacus shtick and Gillibrand is a do-nothing hack.
As for Warren, CNN, showing its usual tin ear, moved her to the top of the Dem field just before she imploded with her disastrous DNA test. Her silly repetition of the now-disproven claim that she has significant Native American ancestry opens her to endless ridicule and further diminishes her already narrow appeal.
Goodwin notes that the rest of the potential field, including Joe Biden, Bill de Blasio, and Michael Bloomberg, isn’t much more promising.
“And that was before she and Bill Clinton announced their six-month speaking tour,” Goodwin observes. “The gambit is designed to keep her name front and center without having to declare herself a candidate.”
Time will tell if Clinton really wants to make a third go at the presidency, but we would not be at all surprised. She’s got the name recognition, the clout, and the ability to raise money. 2020 could wind up being the rematch of the century.
Unfortunately for the Democrats, we’re pretty sure it’s going to end the same way.