Just in time for New Year’s Eve, there’s growing speculation that former secretary of state and failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton could be setting the stage for a rematch.
And she thinks this time, she could beat President Donald Trump.
“Maybe there does need to be a rematch,” she admitted in October. “I mean, obviously, I can beat him again.”
The “again” is a consistent theme among those on the left who refuse to accept the outcome of the 2016 election and admit that Trump is their president.
They believe Clinton’s lead in the popular vote means she “won.”
But of course, that’s not how our system works, with the Electoral College in place to help protect smaller states from a situation where a handful of heavily populated states get to call all the shots.
However, heading into 2020 with no Democrat running away with the primary, Clinton seems to believe that if she gets another crack at Trump she can win the Electoral College – and admitted last month that she thinks about a rematch “all the time.”
She has refused to rule out running again and claimed people are urging her to enter the race.
“I will certainly tell you, I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it,” she told the BBC in November. “But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you, that is absolutely not in my plans.”
One of her former advisors said Clinton would step in – in one condition.
“If she thought she had the best odds of beating Donald Trump, I think she would think about it long and hard,” Philippe Reines told Fox News.
If that’s the kind of sign she’s looking for, she might have found it.
Even though she’s not running and there’s no indication yet that she may do so, a new poll shows where she would be in the polls if she did: immediate front-runner, at least among Democrats.
The Harris Poll survey showed her ahead of everyone with 21 percent, compared to 20 percent for former Vice President Joe Biden and just 12 percent for her 2016 nemesis, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
She’s not the only one thinking about it.
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Trump is, too – and he seems to be hoping for it.
“I think that Crooked Hillary Clinton should enter the race to try and steal it away from Uber Left Elizabeth Warren,” he tweeted in autumn, noting that if Clinton were to re-enter the race she should be forced to answer the questions she refused in 2016.
Specifically, why she deleted 33,000 emails after a subpoena – something Trump called one of her “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Clinton was unbowed.
She replied to his tweet: “Don’t tempt me.”
But is she really tempted?
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Clinton herself has said she’s not running again – but then hems and haws about the temptation of entering the race. She even appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show earlier this month, a move many believe is yet another sign she is toying with the idea of running.
Why make that appearance otherwise?
Her temptation might only grow given the fact that no clear Democratic front-runner has yet emerged.
Biden leads in most polls, but also barely cracks support levels of 30 percent in most of them – and the new poll putting Clinton instantly ahead of him shows just how soft his support is.
“I’d have to make up my mind really quickly, because it’s moving very fast,” she said on the Graham Norton Show in the U.K. earlier this month.
Indeed, she’s already missed multiple filing deadlines – so time’s running out. And with the Iowa caucuses looming on Feb. 3, the world could know Clinton’s intentions for sure in a matter of days.
— The Horn editorial team