A couple of weeks ago, the online platform MasterClass launched a series of videos on “Resilience.” Its protagonist? Hillary Clinton.
The series, which can be categorized as a self-help installment, shows Clinton reading the inaugural speech she would have read to the country had she won the 2016 election.
In that video, the former senator is seen vulnerable, docile and depressed, as if the ghosts of the defeat against former President Donald Trump were still haunting her and as if she were waiting for a chance at redemption.
Around the same days, precisely on Sunday, December 12, Hillary said she believes Donald Trump will run for president again and that it could mean the end of American democracy.
“If I were a betting person right now, I’d say Trump is going to run again (…)I think that could be the end of our democracy,” Clinton said. “Not to be too pointed about it, but I want people to understand that this could be a make-or-break point. If he or someone of his ilk were once again to be elected president, especially if he had a Congress that would do his bidding, you will not recognize our country.”
The speech read by Hillary Clinton, her words against Trump and the warning about “the danger” facing American democracy, were given in a particular context, as many pollsters began to reveal the low popularity ratings of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris; enough reasons to start speculations: Is Clinton’s candidacy viable for 2024?
Some conservative analysts have no doubt that the former Secretary of State is a viable option.
Is Hillary Clinton better than other potential candidates?
Joe Concha, a columnist and political analyst for Fox News and The Hill, wrote a column about Hillary Clinton and her possible candidacy, calling her perhaps “the Dems’ best hope” for 2024.
Although Concha is critical of Clinton in the text, the analyst argues that the Democrats’ “bench,” making a soccer analogy, is shallow and has almost no good options to compete.
“Vice President Harris? She’s at 28 percent approval, per USA Today. Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo? No longer governor and thoroughly disgraced. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.)? He had to spend major time and resources just to avoid being ousted in deep-blue California during a recall election earlier this year… Just 22 percent of voters want him to seek a second term, according to a I&I-TIPP poll.”
Clinton, on the other hand, despite still being sunk politically by her 2016 defeat, has the resume and experience that other Democrats lack. Certainly, she is 74 years old, but Biden is even older, so age shouldn’t mean much of a drawback.
Concha is not the only one who sees Hillary Clinton’s 2024 candidacy as viable. New York Post columnist Miranda Devine told Fox News that the former secretary of state is basically begging Democrats to consider her to run in the race.
“The master class, so-called, that she gave the other day that people pay $20 a month to watch, in which she read her undelivered victory speech and then cried at the end of it with no real tears, that was her begging the American people and begging the Democratic Party to look at her as the alternative to Joe Biden, because after all, she is younger than him,” Devine said in an interview with Fox News.
“She won’t stop. She will do it until her last breath, she wants to vindicate herself,” he added in another segment.
Likewise, Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly also said that Hillary Clinton wants to be a candidate again and seek a rematch against the man who beat her – Trump.
“Hillary Clinton wants the nomination. She knows the Biden administration is falling apart, which is why you’re seeing her surface right now (…) So it could be a replay,” O’Reilly said on NewsNation’s Dan Abrams show. “But voters make up their own mind.”
Will Hillary Clinton get her long-awaited rematch?
It’s too early to tell who the Democratic nominee will be in 2024. It is three years away, an eternity, and many unexpected and imponderable situations can occur along the way. However, the “Hillary 2024” option, despite the drift of the Democrat after her defeat in 2016, does not seem far-fetched.