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Hillary Clinton: Could She Replace Joe Biden?

Hillary Clinton. Image Credit: Creative Commons.
Hillary Clinton. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Hillary Clinton ’24: The Third Time’s The Charm – Democratic Party voters are rallying behind the aging forty-sixth President Joe Biden as we move into the contentious 2024 Presidential Election.

Although, key Democratic Party insiders say from time to time that there is an increasing pressure campaign from within the power centers of the party to get Biden to bow out of the coming race. 

According to these insiders, concerns abound that Biden is too old. That he’s cognitively impaired.

Other worries are that Biden isn’t capable enough to overcome whoever the Republican nominee will be—especially if it is someone, like Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, who is younger and more dynamic.

Better to have, then, a candidate that can appeal to most Democrat voters while standing strong against the Republicans.

Who Could It Be Now?

I’ve written elsewhere about potential nominees other than Biden—ranging from California’s Governor Gavin Newsom to Michelle Obama. One name, however, keeps coming back up: Hillary Rodham Clinton. While Democrats are desperately looking for a candidate to lead them into the future, many insiders recognize that their bench is not as deep as they pretend it to be. They just might require star power from the past to push them into the future (and over the Republicans). 

While Michelle Obama would be the dynamite player they are looking for, there is no guarantee that she wants to enter the arena. In fact, Mrs. Obama has eschewed previous opportunities to become more directly involved in politics. Even when she has engaged the political process more, she has seemed to be uncertain. Others believe Michelle Obama has a bit of a glass jaw; that, while she has the “it” factor of celebrity, she is also unproven. 

Hillary Clinton vs. Trump Redux: An Epic Fight to the End

That is not the case for the former secretary of state and two-time Democratic Party presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

What’s more, if Donald Trump is again the Republican presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton’s return as his great foil would be endlessly fascinating.

Trump has made his campaign theme about revenge. So, too, would Hillary Clinton’s campaign be about revenge. In a country riven by internecine political rivalry; a nation that loves epic stories, there’d be nothing more epic than a Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton rematch in 2024. 

A grizzled political knife-fighter with a long resume and deep connections, Hillary Clinton has already faced Trump and knows what he’s about. Unlike the gonzo, happy warrior of 2016 who could justifiably claim to be an outsider, the mercurial Trump of 2024 has a record as a former president. Therefore, he doesn’t look as good to many voters heading into 2024 as he did in 2016. Fewer people would be willing to give them same chance that they gave him in 2016. 

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, will again make the case that her steady hands are required to keep the country recovering from the purported chaos of the Trump Administration. American voters just might believe her this time.

After all, it took Ronald Reagan a couple of times at the wheel of national campaigns before he managed to claim the mantle as President of the United States. 

Indeed, Hillary Clinton has been running for president all her life. It’s astounding that someone that committed to a goal was unable to win the title. In 2024, the country will be in a very different place. Gender politics has consumed the country as has the sense of grievance embraced by both political parties about their various pet issues. Clinton feeds a certain narrative very well on the Left (as does Trump). That Hillary Clinton could be the first female president further entices a certain subset of voters who are looking both for an historic candidate and one that can potentially guide America out of its problems. 

These Times (Not the Candidates) They Are A-Changin’

Of course, Hillary Clinton has been unable to convince enough voters of this either in 2008 or 2016. Still, these times, they are a-changin’, as the old Dylan song goes. 

Remember: Richard Nixon was unpalatable to the American electorate in 1960 but then won overwhelmingly in 1968 and 1972 (even when Watergate was underway). Joe Biden ran three times for president—being considered both a clown and a member of the fringe Left-wing of the Democratic Party in 2001—only to finally get the win in 2020. 

Candidates rarely change. The electorate, however, usually does. Hillary Clinton is the same shrill, manipulative politico that she’s always been. After four years of Trump and another of Biden, it just might be that the voters are in the right headspace to accept a Hillary Clinton presidency. 

Besides, after 2016, most of the really controversial aspects of her personality and background have been ironed out. We all know about her husband’s extramarital dalliances; we know about the corruption of the Clinton Global Initiative. We are also aware of her emails. 

Since 2016, until recently, she had maintained a very low public profile. In other words, most of Clinton’s sins have been washed out over time and repeated exposure. Unless there are some new revelations to be made about the Clintons (that is always a possibility), Hillary Clinton is poised to serve as a dark horse presidential candidate in 2024 seeking a rematch with her great orange foil, Donald Trump. 

This time, she just might get her final victory, because Trump is too toxic, and the stain of Clinton’s past misdeeds has been removed. 

Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who serves as a Senior Editor for Weichert is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as a contributing editor at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower(Republic Book Publishers), The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (March 28), and Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.

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Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who recently became a writer for Weichert is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as a contributing editor at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (March 28), and Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.