We say … bring it!
A Washington Post report indicates former First Lady and presidential candidate in her own right, Hillary Clinton, is planning to take on a significant, albeit low-key, role in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.
Any involvement, really, would be a much-needed boost for Republican campaigns throughout the country, as Clinton has remained highly toxic since her embarrassing defeat to President Trump.
Clinton’s 2018 strategy, according to sources, will be discreet, an acknowledgement of that toxicity. The plan is to play it safe, supporting Democrats in districts she safely won in 2016 and aiding candidates who have supported her and her family in the past.
The Post reports friends and advisers indicate Clinton’s plan “is to leverage the star power she retains in some Democratic circles on behalf of select candidates while remaining sufficiently below the radar to avoid becoming a useful target for Republicans seeking to rile up their base.”
Hillary Clinton’s discreet 2018 strategy: Help out family friends and target the 23 congressional districts she won in 2016 but are now held by a Republican, @costareports writes: https://t.co/55KxQQ7RJX
— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) February 12, 2018
How a person with supposed “star power” will be able to remain discreet is a legitimate question. Any meddling in any campaign will surely draw fire from the RNC.
It would be a smart strategy to call Clinton out in campaigns she decides to interject her name in. A Gallup poll in December was a stark reminder that the American people still intensely dislike the two-time presidential loser and multi-time corrupt crook.
She had a historically low favorability rating of 36 percent, while 61 percent viewed her unfavorably.
“Clinton’s team,” according to the Post report, “also understands that, although she remains popular with many Democrats, she could be a hindrance to candidates running in Trump country.”
One former fundraiser for Hillary didn’t seem to echo the popularity angle in September, saying, “Honestly, I wish she’d just shut the f— up and go away.”
The fundraiser was echoing a sentiment among Democrats that Hillary’s insistence on reminding voters of 2016 was going to hurt new candidates.
The Washington Post report itself indicates Clinton is still – 15 months after the election – not ready to move on from 2016. The column centred on the fact she was attending a get together for “Lanny Davis, a Clinton loyalist whose latest book blames former FBI director James B. Comey for her 2016 presidential defeat.”
Clinton has perpetually been reminding people about 2016, and by extension reminding them why she has never been liked as a politician. The latest reminder of her bitterness came just weeks ago at the Grammys when she read an excerpt from the tabloid novella “Fire and Fury” during a skit.
Other Clinton fans at the event according to the Post discussed the possibility of her coming back in 2020 and serving as a “foil” to President Trump.
That would be a fantastic move … if she’d like to see Trump serve another term.
We don’t see that happening but are more than eager to see Hillary chime into some 2018 races. She just might be the one person who can save the Republican Party.
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