Two Democratic activists said Tuesday that Hillary Clinton may be the ‘best choice’ to lead the Democrats – and likely to face Donald Trump – in 2024.
After just one year of Joe Biden’s presidency, his declining popularity, that of Kamala Harris, and successive domestic and foreign crises have Democrats searching for a viable presidential candidate.
This could pave the way for the political return of the former Secretary of State, Douglas E. Schoen and Andrew Stein, in an article for the British newspaper The Guardian. Wall Street Journal.
It all depends on how the Democrats do in this year’s midterm elections, they wrote.
There are also growing questions that Biden will decide to run again, given he will be 86 at the end of his second term if he wins.
Clinton does have the advantage of being younger than the current president, but not by much — she would be 77 if she wins in November 2024 and takes office the following January. Biden won at the same age and was 78 when he was sworn in.
Trump, who is about a year and a half older than Clinton, would be in a similar boat.
“Given the possibility that Democrats may lose control of Congress in 2022, we can expect Mrs. Clinton to begin shortly after the midterm elections to run as an experienced candidate capable of leading Democrats on a new, more successful path,” the experts claim.
Clinton’s deep roots in Washington, D.C. as first lady, then US senator, then secretary of state, alienated her from voters eager for an “outsider” to shake the quagmire in 2016, which is part of the reason for her stunning loss to Trump.
But her vast experience could prove useful to Democrats seeking a “different approach.”
The Democratic Party’s nationwide loss in the 2022 midterm elections could lead to a return for Hillary Clinton, op-eds predict.
It is usually unusual for political activists to start looking for potential candidates for the next election, especially outside of an administration so far, when a member of their party already controls the White House. It is also rare for an incumbent president to face a serious primary challenge.
But if Biden clinches another term in the White House, he will be 81 when he is sworn in, a record for the oldest person to hold office.
Doubts about his fitness to work at an advanced age combined with approval ratings that have been in the low 40s since October have dampened his chances.
He also faced the heat of a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan last summer, which led to soaring inflation, which sent prices skyrocketing, and, more recently, a delayed response to a COVID wave caused by an Omicron variant, causing travel chaos and a massive shortage of virus tests.
Harris didn’t fare much better. Despite being named heir apparent to Biden during the 2020 campaign, the vice president has struggled to lead in opinion polls and has faced criticism on many fronts, including her relative inaction on the Southwest border after being named the president’s key figure in the crisis.
But Clinton may have to grapple with questions about her fitness for office. In 2016, she abruptly left the 9/11 memorial service due to feeling “overheated,” which sparked immediate health concerns. She was diagnosed with pneumonia soon after.
A recent USA Today poll showed that only 40 percent of voters approve of a Biden job in the White House. Harris’ approval rating stands at 32 percent.
Clinton (pictured debating Trump in 2016) said his victory in 2024 could be ‘the end of democracy’
These damaging factors could lead to a “power vacuum” for Clinton to step into, the opinion piece claims.
The Democrats’ unpopularity as the majority party in Washington puts them on track to lose the midterm elections, according to multiple projections.
Clinton, whose husband, former President Bill Clinton, is the Democratic governor of the deep red state of Arkansas, urged her party in a recent interview to consider “what will win the election, not just in the dark blue areas where it’s Democratic and Liberal Democrat, or The so-called Progressive Democrat, he will win.
That Biden is younger than Biden does give her an advantage, left-wing experts wrote, but “she can use the party’s loss as a basis to run for president again, enabling her to claim the title of ‘candidate of change’.”
A series of recent interviews in the media have indicated that Clinton has her thoughts, if not her eyes, on future elections.
A new USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Monday shows Joe Biden starting 2022 with just 40% approval and Vice President Kamala Harris with 32% approval.
The Democrats behind the op-ed on Tuesday pointed to a recent MSNBC interview in which the hopeful 2016 candidate called a “blow” to the Biden administration in an apparent effort to distance itself from the unpopular leaders now in power.
“It means nothing if we don’t have a Congress that gets things done, and we don’t have a White House that we can count on to be sane and sober and stable and productive,” Clinton said.
She also expected the return of her old Republican opponent, whom she beat in the 2016 popular vote but lost in the Electoral College.
If I were someone who is betting right now, I would say Trump will run again. I mean, it looks like he’s setting himself up to do it, and if he’s not being held accountable, he’s going to have to do it again.
She also said that a second Trump victory could mean the end of our democracy and that the 2024 election would be a “break-it-or-break point,” foreshadowing a potential rematch.
Also that month, Clinton revealed the speech she would have given at her presidential inauguration, had she beat Trump to become the first woman elected as commander-in-chief.
Clips of an emotional Clinton reading the speech were shown on NBC’s Today Show as promotion for the MasterClass video lecture.
She is also in a better position than Biden to take on the bombastic former president, even though he was defeated in 2020, according to recent polls.
Average of the surveys grouped by Real clear policy It shows Biden trailing Trump by 4.8 percent in a hypothetical race.
Polls conducted in late 2021 indicate that 46 percent of voters would choose Trump compared to just 41.2 percent of Americans who would vote for Biden.
A poll was released on Tuesday before Rasmussen It shows a similar outcome that has plagued Biden in the new year.
According to a Jan. 5 survey, a hypothetical rematch between Biden and Trump would see the president’s support at 40 percent, while Trump stays at 46.
Schoen and Stein aren’t the only ones who see Clinton back in the near future.
Joe Concha, right-wing columnist for hillLast month, she wrote: “Hillary Clinton always seemed to believe the mantle of ‘first woman president’ was her birthright.”
And given how pathetic the field is on the Democratic side with or without Joe Biden, she may get a second shot at winning the incumbent her husband is famous for.