Normally, there is something honorable and respectable about persistent people living out the adage, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.”
But if that person is Hillary Clinton? It’s not so much honorable and respectable as it is pathetic and laughable.
American voters already gave a resounding response to Clinton’s bid for the presidency in 2016, and she has done nothing in the last two years to really change that narrative.
Clinton’s defeat tour since losing the election to Donald Trump has included “painful” appearances on late night television and “horribly unfunny” appearances on underwhelming sitcom reboots. There’s been virtually nothing of substance she has accomplished since losing the election.
It’s been lackluster enough that Clinton has basically become persona non grata within her own party.
Rumors have been swirling about Clinton’s next potential move for a while, and now some gasoline has been thrown on that fire thanks to two Mark Penn, a senior adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton from 1995 to 2008, and Andrew Stein, a Democrat and former New York City Council president.
In a Wall Street Journal piece titled “Hillary Will Run Again,” Stein and Penn literally start the piece with “Get ready for Hillary Clinton 4.0.”
Stein and Penn go on to explain that “Hillary Clinton 4.0” will be an even more liberal version of herself. In other words, think Bernie Sanders but even more irritating.
“More than 30 years in the making, this new version of Mrs. Clinton, when she runs for president in 2020, will come full circle — back to the universal-health-care-promoting progressive firebrand of 1994,” Stein and Penn claim. “True to her name, Mrs. Clinton will fight this out until the last dog dies. She won’t let a little thing like two stunning defeats stand in the way of her claim to the White House.”
Another adage comes to mind when discussing Clinton’s “two stunning defeats.” Something about “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.”
Stunningly, Stein and Penn make the case that Clinton has learned virtually nothing from her resounding defeat in 2016.
“Mrs. Clinton has come unbound. She will not allow this humiliating loss at the hands of an amateur to end the story of her career,” the two wrote.
Dismissing Trump as an “amateur” shows just how little Clinton and her camp has learned from defeat. Yes, in the most literal sense, Trump is a political “amateur” in so far as his lack of political experience before becoming president.
But dismissing him in such a manner undersells all of the many reasons he did win the election.
Trump is an outsider, a maverick and the literal opposite of a career politician. That’s how he dispatched the likes of Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton en route to winning the presidency. Americans were sick of the elitist “dynasties” that were looking out for themselves before the people of this country.
Trump represented a welcome break in the system. He represented a disruption to the woeful status quo. If Clinton and her camp don’t realize that now, they can expect a 2020 run to go remarkably similar to 2016.
“You can expect her to run for president once again. Maybe not at first, when the legions of Senate Democrats make their announcements, but definitely by the time the primaries are in full swing,” Penn and Stein argue.
That sentence might be the best news Trump has heard in a while.