The latest drama involving Hillary Clinton, former first lady, former senator, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, and current washed-up politician, began, as it often does these days, with a presidential taunt in the form of a tweet:
“I think that Crooked Hillary Clinton should enter the race to try and steal it away from Uber Left Elizabeth Warren. Only one condition. The Crooked one must explain all of her high crimes and misdemeanors including how & why she deleted 33,000 Emails AFTER getting “C” Subpoena!”
To which the woman in question responded, “Don’t tempt me. Do your job.”
Ms. Clinton found that terse responds insufficient as a return taunt, so she expanded during a recent interview on PBS, according to Fox News.
“It truly is remarkable how obsessed he remains with me,” she said. “But this latest tweet is so typical of him. Nothing has been more examined and looked at than my emails. We all know that. So he’s either lying or delusional or both.”
“So maybe there does need to be a rematch,” Clinton added. “Obviously, I can beat him again. But, just seriously, I don’t understand, I don’t think anybody understands what motivates him, other than personal grievance, other than seeking adulation.”
The keyword in the second paragraph is “again.” Friends of Hillary Clinton and observers of the political scene have reported that she had never accepted her defeat in 2016. Clinton knows that she won the popular vote while losing the electoral vote. She has blamed everyone from the Russians to the alleged sexism of the American voters for her defeat.
Matthew Walther, writing in the Week, seems to think that Hillary Clinton should have another go at it. She might look at the field and find an opportunity.
Bernie Sanders, Hillary’s Democratic rival from the last go-around, has just had a heart attack and is still ailing enough to have been obliged to slow down the pace of his campaigning. Bernie may be obliged to drop out of the race for his health.
Joe Biden is fading fast, staggering under the weight of his gaffes and suspicions about his dealings with Ukraine and China on behalf of his son Hunter, a pretend businessman.
Elizabeth Warren seems good on paper, the second coming of Hillary without her baggage, though she has plenty of her own. But Walther thinks she is pursuing a socialist agenda with a wink and a nod toward big business.
Hillary Clinton, in short, is a reliable leftist. She polls well against Trump. Her entry into the 2020 election would go off like a nuclear bomb. Walther thinks that Hillary jumping back in would be the 21st Century equivalent of Napoleon returning from Elba. He seems to forget about what happened to the Emperor at a little crossroads town in Belgium called Waterloo.
In any event, the article ends with, “Give the people what they want, Hillary. Make America 2016 again.”
A hint about how Team Trump thinks about a Trump-Clinton rematch came on The Sean Hannity Show when first daughter-in-law Lara Trump said, with a smile, “Let’s do this.”
Lara Trump went on to muse that the last time Hillary went up against Trump, the media thought that she was certain to become the first female president. However, instead, Donald Trump was elected, to the astonishment of the world.
Chris Cillizza at CNN thinks that Hillary Clinton is likely joking. He does not think that the current field will just suspend their campaigns and bend the knee to Hillary if she decides to get in.
On the other hand, Cillizza sees a path forward for Ms. Clinton is the Democratic National Convention becomes brokered. In a brokered convention, no candidate enters with enough delegates to win the nomination on the first vote, In such a scenario, the horse-trading ensues until the delegates find a candidate they can rally behind.
Cillizza supposes that the convention becomes deadlocked. Democratic movers and shakers conclude that Warren is too radical, Biden too old, and Bernie too – well – Bernie. Then a wave of excitement sweeps the convention floor, encouraged no doubt by those movers and shakers.
Then, Hillary Clinton appears on the dais, flanked by Bill and Chelsea. The delegates go wild. She makes an impassioned speech, the best of her career. The delegates nominate her practically by acclamation. Then, as this fever dream concludes, Hillary goes on to sweep the general election with Trump. She becomes the first female president, after all, A golden age begins.
As Lara Trump said, let’s do this.