After Hillary Clinton’s stinkbomb defeat at the hands of Donald Trump in 2016 – and her subsequent inability to find any fault of her own in the loss – most Democrats came to the rational, sane conclusion that she was finished as a party leader. There would be no Trump/Clinton rematch. The American people were sick and tired of the Clinton brand of politics and they were especially sick and tired of Hillary herself. It was time to go find a new generation of young liberal Democrats who could lead the party into the future. Young rapscallions like Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders!
But at least a few people in the “I’m With Her” crowd are still eager to see the former secretary of state make one last run at the presidency. And in that spirit, Matthew Rozsa of Salon put forth his best argument for a Clinton 2020 campaign on Friday.
Please hold your laughter.
“Clinton’s poll numbers aren’t too good right now (OK, they’re downright atrocious), but there are still four great reasons to consider choosing her as the Democratic nominee in 2020,” he writes. “Even better, all but one of them has to do with an emotion that has no place in this season (which is why I absolutely had to write this article for Thanksgiving weekend): Spite. Delicious, nutritious spite.”
Good to see Rozsa has brought a sense of humor to the party, because what he’s proposing would be an indication of mental illness without it. Even WITH it…some of these reasons…
Like the first one: “Hillary Clinton is the Winston Churchill to Vladimir Putin’s Adolf Hitler.”
Okay, you can laugh now.
“Putin has always hated Clinton because of his innate sexism, which has manifested in his policies, and she certainly didn’t endear herself to him by publicly criticizing Russian corruption in 2011,” he writes. “As the ample connections between the Trump campaign and Russia or its water-carriers like WikiLeaks clearly demonstrate, the one person we know we can trust more than anyone is the candidate who Putin very obviously did not want to see as America’s president.”
Wow, only at Salon can they be buying the line that Putin hates Clinton because she’s a woman. And speaking of ridiculous theories of worldwide sexism, let’s move on to Rozsa’s second reason…
“Hillary Clinton being elected president (at last) would monumentally piss off misogynistic trolls, and what’s not to like about that?” he asks. “At the very least, the next Democratic presidential candidate needs to be a woman — perhaps not Clinton specifically, but certainly a woman, to offset the symbolic gut-punch of the first female candidate getting cheated by an overt misogynist.”
Oh, we wholeheartedly encourage the Democrats to run a “message” candidate for no other reason than to “piss off misogynistic trolls” in 2020. That sounds like a surefire path to victory, doesn’t it?
It’s not much worth going into the rest of Rozsa’s argument, which is as silly as what we’ve already read. We’ll just say that if the Democrats want to avoid nailing their own coffin shut in 2020, they’d better hope that Salon is not gazing into a crystal ball.
As for us, we kinda hope they are.