by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Here we go again.
You really want this, Hillary Clinton fans? You’re really itching for the same personalities, arguments, records, scandals, and debates all over again? Fine. Let’s do it. Let’s have a Clinton–Trump rematch in 2020.
A lot of us dread being faced with those options again, but Hillary Clinton and a portion of her supporters seem to think that the 2016 election result was just a weird fluke, a historical accident, and that for the second time in eight years, a combination of unlikely factors have conspired to unfairly deny Hillary an office that is rightfully hers. …
… In the past weeks, Clinton made clear she expects to continue to be a leading voice in Democratic-party politics. She’s writing another book, has announced the launch of a new Super PAC, and says she plans on being active on the trail helping Democratic candidates in 2018. She declared, “I’m back to being an activist citizen, and part of the resistance.”
You might have thought that managing to lose to Donald Trump by 77 electoral votes — after the Access Hollywood tape broke! — would persuade anyone that it’s time to depart the national political stage and let others carry the torch. You might think that more Democrats would say, “Thanks, but no thanks” to the woman who managed to bobble the easiest layup in American political history.
You would think wrong, apparently.