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A couple of days ago, while the nation breathed a huge sigh of relief, Hillary Clinton broke the hearts of “Hillary Men” when she announced that she was not going to throw her walker into the ring for the Democrat 2020 presidential nomination. According to the New York Times:
Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and first lady who lost the White House to Donald J. Trump in 2016, said officially on Monday what has been unofficially clear for months: She is not running for president again in 2020.
“I’m not running,” Mrs. Clinton told a New York City television station, News 12. “But I’m going to keep on working and speaking and standing up for what I believe.”
I have to admit that I was sort of shocked because I couldn’t believe that Hillary Clinton had the introspection necessary to see that she is a walking punchline to a very old, very sick joke. As it turned out, she wasn’t serious.
The person also says she is extremely unlikely to run, but that she remains bothered that she’s expected to close the door on it when, say, John Kerry isn’t. She has told her team she is waiting at least to see the Mueller report. 2/2
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 6, 2019
This has to be taken seriously. Haberman was basically a paid staffer for the Clinton campaign in 2016 and in the famous leaked Podesta emails we learned that she worked hand in glove with Team Clinton to “tee up” stories for them.
There are a few interesting and stereotypically Hillary things in this story. First, for a woman who has literally coasted from well-deserved obscurity to being within a hundred thousand votes in three states of being the president, she certainly wraps herself in the cloak of the victimized woman with practiced ease. Some of this may be the result of her grotesque marriage and decades of public humiliation as Bill Clinton threw the wood to everything that looked like it may have been alive and female at some point in its existence. Some of it is because she won her first senate race by pretending the hapless Rick Lazio had accosted her. (For those who don’t know, this is Lazio “invading her space” and thereby disrespecting her.)
No one is asking John Kerry to rule out a run because no sane person believes he will run. On the other hand, a lot of people thought her running again was as distinct possibility because unlike Kerry, without being the center of attention Hillary Clinton has no reason to get up in the morning. Secondly, she apparently believed that if she said she wasn’t running there would be a groundswell of protest that would demand that Clinton continue her grifting at public expense and run again.
I really find it hard to believe we’ve seen the last of her. She’s claimed that she was robbed in Wisconsin because the black vote was suppressed. She made the same claim about Georgia. Over the past two years Hillary has been a non-stop Exuse-o-matic®.
There are other signs she’s gearing up for a run. You recall how she took language lessons in prep for her last run:
She’d now back in refresher training
Look. She’s angry. She’s bitter. She’s out to get even. She’s out to prove that she can actually win a race that wasn’t given to her on a silver platter. Given the quality of the current declared and prospective crop of Democrats it is hard to see her staying out of the campaign.
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