The current crop of 2020 Democrats seem more interested in impressing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez than they do in actually winning voters to their cause, and that lurch to the left could provide just the opening that Hillary Rodham Clinton is looking for. According to longtime Clinton pollster Mark Penn, the former Secretary of State is biding her time, watching the field…and if she sees a way into the race, she’s going to take it.
In an interview with Fox News this weekend, Penn said that it was interesting to watch Clinton meet with some of the top 2020 candidates.
“Those meetings are going to be somewhat awkward because she hasn’t declared that she’s not definitely running,” Penn said. “She is, in fact, at the same time looking over the field and I think will make a decision later in the year whether or not to run herself.”
Penn said that Clinton is watching and waiting.
“If the party looks too far to the left and there’s no front runner, she’ll get in,” Penn predicted. “I think if Joe Biden gets in, that probably means she won’t run. If he doesn’t get in, I think the field will be open for her.”
Well, we’re not sure about that. The Democratic field is anything but open this year – as Ben Sasse remarked on Monday, it feels like a third of the Senate is running for president. It’s only February, and already Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Julian Castro, and Kirsten Gillibrand (to name a few) have thrown their hats into the ring. Joe Biden, Beto O’Rourke, and Michael Bloomberg are reportedly in the exploratory stages as well. And that could just be the tip of the iceberg.
On the other hand, Clinton’s announcement would instantly suck all of the oxygen out of the room, and make it extremely difficult for anyone other than a few other big names to gain much traction. She’ll be met with a lot of resistance from the Ocasio-Cortez/Bernie side of the Democratic Party – a side that includes most of the left’s online pundits – but she’ll probably be welcomed by the corporate media and Democrat donors on Wall Street. The last thing they want is a party determined to turn the U.S. into the U.S.S.R. Hillary Clinton could be the breath of stale air they’ve been waiting for.
It seems hard to imagine that the Democratic Party could have gone so badly astray that a Clinton candidacy could seem remotely viable after the 2016 shellacking…but there you have it.