In a New Op-Ed for the Hill, Douglas McKinnon speculates that 2016 Presidential loser Hillary Clinton could be angling to become Vice President.
There’s no doubt that Hillary has kept herself in the spotlight, with a myriad of media interviews and multi-part biographical docu-series coming out.
A number of people in politics, the media and elsewhere are openly speculating that if Democrats wind up with a “brokered convention,” with no strong or viable nominee evident, Hillary Clinton might enter the arena as the “savior” who could unite the delegates and go on to defeat President Donald Trump.
Clinton herself seemed to throw shade at that theory during an interview with Variety at the Sundance Film Festival. When asked about the “urge” to beat Trump, the former Democratic nominee said, “Yeah. I certainly feel the urge because I feel the 2016 election was a really odd time and an odd outcome. And the more we learn, the more that seems to be the case. But I’m going to support the people who are running now and do everything I can to help elect the Democratic nominee.”
Several politically savvy Democrats have told me that “everything” may be a much more plausible and powerful scenario.
That is, Clinton and/or her team could be negotiating with former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg or the last candidate standing to join the ticket as vice president. She would add the gravitas, delegates and, eventually, millions of votes needed to get them over the finish line on Nov. 5. I am assured that Clinton is on every shortlist for that position.
If I were in Trump’s world, this scenario would send chills down my spine.
There is no doubt that the former first lady, New York senator and secretary of State once again is raising her profile and stepping back into the spotlight to reengage in political discussions.
One such spotlight was provided by the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. There, aside from commenting on her presidential “urge,” Clinton not only promoted the incredibly flattering four-part Hulu documentary about her, titled “Hillary” — which premiered, coincidently, just 10 days before the Iowa caucus — but she also attended the debut of a documentary about the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
The first event was tailor-made to allow her to shine. The other gave her a timely platform to bash President Trump on a number of topics.
More than raising her profile, Clinton is getting her political hardball muscles back into shape by sneaking in a few spring training innings. She hit the surging Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) with a line drive straight to his likability, electability and “not-a-team-player” soft spot. Then she worked over the umpires a bit by going after Facebook, its founder and the platform’s predicted influence on the 2020 election.
The intended message seemed to be “I’m tough, I’m proven, I’ve got the massive support to help beat Trump — and I’ve learned from my mistakes.”
If she truly has learned something, then having Clinton entertain the thought of “saving” the Democratic ticket as a vice presidential running mate could be a brilliant political move. Some of her closest allies have been appointed to the committees overseeing rules and party platforms for this summer’s Democratic National Convention.
Biden, still nominally the party’s front-runner, has a list of negative issues to overcome. Clinton could help him erase or mitigate all of them, in one way or another.
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