Hillary Clinton is not closing the door on her political aspirations just yet. In an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher over the weekend, the former Secretary of State and twice-failed White House contender maintained that she would still like to be the commander-in-chief.
“Do you want to run again?” asked Swisher at the Friday night event.
“No,” Clinton said after a pause.
Swisher, though, sensing that there was still more to be unearthed from that answer, pressed her on the issue.
That’s when Hillary got a little closer to the truth.
“I’d like to be president,” she admitted. “I think, hopefully, when we have a Democrat in the Oval Office in January of 2021, there’s going to be so much work to be done. I mean we have confused everybody in the world, including ourselves. We have confused our friends and our enemies. They have no idea what the United States stands for, what we’re likely to do, what we think is important. So the work would be work that I feel very well prepared for having been at the Senate for eight years, having been a diplomat in the State Department, and it’s just going to be a lot of heavy lifting.”
She told Swisher that she was not going to consider a presidential run until after the midterms.
Which, in case you can’t read in between the lines of political discourse, means she’s 95% certain to make another play for the White House.
Others aren’t so sure about that analysis. Certainly, her spokespeople are out there tamping down the idea that she will run again. And some are correctly pointing out that, asked blatantly whether she wanted to run again, Hillary said no.
Then again, there’s a difference between wanting to “run again,” which signifies the long campaign road, the hundreds of rallies and fundraisers, and the brutal spotlight, and simply needing to “run again” if you want to accomplish your ultimate goal, which is to be President of the United States. And there’s no doubt – even out of Hillary’s mouth – that she wants to achieve that goal more than anything else.
We could be proven wrong on this one, but if we were to lay a wager, the good money would be on Clinton making one last go for the gold.