by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Ghost of Hillary Past is threatening to become the Ghost of Hillary Present for Democrats. Could the woman who lost to Donald Trump in 2016 run a third time for the presidency?
A few weeks ago, everyone was convinced that Hillary Clinton was content to snipe at President Trump from the sidelines (he is all too eager to return the fire). But then Hillary appeared on PBS in early October to remark that maybe there should be a “rematch” between her and Trump. “Obviously, I can beat him again,” she said.
Clinton’s throwaway line started a conversation among the many Democrats who are less than impressed with the current presidential field. …
… One source who has spoken to Clinton says she thinks about running for president “all the time” even though she acknowledges that the path to victory is steep. …
… What senior Democrats did agree on is that it remains unlikely that Hillary Clinton will parachute into the race, but a couple admitted to me that their opinion is shaped in part by their terror that she would once again represent the party. “She would still be the perfect foil for Trump, and voters who wanted a fresh face in the White House would be tempted to stay home,” one told me.
Nonetheless, my source acknowledged that Clinton would be formidable and could win the Democratic nomination: “In a divided field she could raise huge bucks, rally older feminist voters, and win like Trump did over a divided field based on sky-high name ID.”