As Democrats jockey for position ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign a former aide to Hillary Clinton wonders why she isn’t being mentioned as a leading contender while acknowledging that she isn’t likely to run.
In a Politico article published October 19, the former Clinton gatekeeper speculated on his former boss’s viability as a candidate.
“It’s curious why Hillary Clinton’s name isn’t in the mix — either conversationally or in formal polling — as a 2020 candidate, She’s younger than Donald Trump by a year. She’s younger than Joe Biden by four years. Is it that she’s run before? This would be Bernie Sanders’ second time, and Biden’s third time. Is it lack of support? She had 65 million people vote for her.”
Reines said that even if half of those who voted for her would no longer support her “there’s no one in the Democratic Party who has anywhere near a base of 32 million people. That’s multiples of what a Sanders or a Warren have.”
Democrats blamed Hillary for losing what she and they thought was an election they should have easily won, but Reines said dismissing her because of her errors would be a mistake.
“Chalking the loss up to her being a failed candidate is an oversimplification,” Reines said. “She is smarter than most, tougher than most, she could raise money easier than most, and it was an absolute fight to the death.”
Despite listing many reasons as to why Clinton would make a good candidate in 2020 Reines doesn’t think she will run.
“It’s somewhere between highly unlikely and zero,” he said, “but it’s not zero.”