Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never really disappeared from the public eye after losing the 2016 presidential election – and now, some say she may be considering a third run for the presidency.
In December 2021, former President Bill Clinton sent the rumor mills into overdrive after he said his wife was the “most qualified person to run for office” in his lifetime, including himself. He also described the 2016 election as “one of the most profound mistakes we ever made.”
But is it just talk, or is Hillary Clinton really setting the stage for a 2024 comeback?
“Good Chance” Hillary Clinton Will Run Again
Dick Morris, a former advisor to President Bill Clinton, told WABC radio host John Catsimatidis that there’s a “good chance” Clinton will run again in 2024.
“Hillary has set up a brilliant, brilliant strategy that nobody else is able to do,” he said.
“What’s she’s done, at a point at which no Democrat is willing to come out and criticize Joe Biden, but all Democrats are disappointed with him and have to realize the ultimate correctness of our accusations that he was incompetent to be president. She has set up a zero-sum gain with him,” he added, explaining that the worse President Biden does, the better positioned Clinton is as an alternative.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Willie Geist in December, Clinton also offered advice for the Democrats heading into the 2022 midterms.
“I think that it is a time for some careful thinking about what wins elections, and not just in deep-blue districts where a Democrat and a liberal Democrat, or so-called progressive Democrat, is going to win,” she said.
Should the Democrats lose control of the House and Senate in 2022, at least in part because of their commitment to radical-left talking points, Clinton could easily return to that warning and position herself as the natural successor to lead the party.
Clinton is even setting the stage for a potential re-match with former President Donald Trump, who is also rumored to be preparing his own run for the White House. During the same December interview with MSNBC, the former first lady made the outlandish claim that a Trump 2024 victory could be the “end of democracy.”
If Hillary Clinton is seriously considering a 2024 comeback, we should start hearing more about it over the next year.
With the 2022 midterms on their way and plummeting approval ratings for both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the former first lady will soon need to start making her case for why the party needs a new candidate to get them through the next presidential election cycle.
Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and report on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.