Back in 2018 the idea of Hillary Clinton running again seemed highly unlikely. She and the people around her made it pretty clear that she wasn’t interested. Just ask her former campaign’s strategic communications director, Adrienne Elrod.
“It’s silly. It’s a pipe dream. I mean, look, she’s made it very clear that after this last run she’s done,” Elrod said to the Hill back in 2018. “It’s time for new faces to come in. To be honest with you, I don’t know that a run this time around would yield a first- or second-place finish. I think there’s a lot of new people in the party who are stepping forward. I think we’ve got a very deep bench of strong candidates and she knows this.”
So why are there so many rumors going around that she still might make a play this late in the game? Wild speculations made by loud mouths vying for attention are most likely the culprit. People like former adviser to President Bill Clinton, Dick Morris, who told John Catsimatidis on The Cats Roundtable radio show about his “suspicions”. He claimed that Mike Bloomberg would continue his campaign, despite his low odds, only to thwart Bernie Sanders from winning the nomination. Why? To help Hillary become the 2020 Democratic nominee despite not being an active candidate.
“Nobody will be nominated on the first ballot, and it’ll go to a second ballot,” Morris said, suggesting that there would be a brokered convention. This would provide a window of opportunity for Clinton to throw her hat into the ring on the second ballot. Morris went on to explain why he has so little faith in the other candidates to get the first nomination.
“The problem is that the party establishment doesn’t have a candidate. They can’t do Bloomberg because he got killed in the debate. … Can’t do [Joe] Biden because he’s already lost the front-runner status. … [Pete] Buttigieg looks like a high school kid at the Model UN. … [Elizabeth] Warren is third, but she’s pretty far to the left, and they’re not going to want to trust her. [After she gets the second ballot nomination] Hillary begins to gain; the other candidates begin to drop out. And Hillary is the nominee. That, I think, is the establishment scenario,” he said. “Hillary is the only candidate that they’ll be able to come up with that can measure up to Donald Trump.”
Unbfortunatly for Mr. Morris, these wild speculations do not have much basis in reality, at least not yet. When asked if she would even consider a vice presidency nomination from another running candidate she replied with a polite, but firm, NO.
“I never say never because I do believe in serving my country, but it’s not going to happen,” she said.
According to the Drudge Report report last week, Bloomberg was considering Clinton as his running mate, but the former secretary of state said she had no interest. This report, like many stories that crawl out of the conservative conspiracy machine that is the Drudge Report, has widely been received by mainstream media to be a hoax with unreliable sources.
CNN put it best when their correspondent, Dean Obeidallah, said, “Let’s start by saying this: It is not going to happen. Bloomberg is a long way from leading, let alone winning, the race for the Democratic nomination. There’s no indication he would ask Clinton to be on his ticket, and no compelling reason why she would accept.”
And we here at The American Centrist tend to agree. Hillary Clinton would make a fine candidate, but she is highly unlikely to be a surprise candidate against Trump in the 2020 election. The other candidates are simply going to have to find away to beat ol’ Teflon Don by themselves.