With a popular vote win of over 2.8 million votes, and an election that tipped on 77,000 votes in the electoral college, Hillary Clinton left Elections 2016 with a clear mandate to lead, and her head held high. But unlike other presidential candidates that have faded to black after an election, Hillary Clinton has done the exact opposite, and there are a few logical reasons for that. The steps she has taken since that morning after suggest that Hillary Clinton is maintaining the momentum of her mandate to lead, and that Hillary Clinton has 2020 vision.
Since the morning after Elections 2016 came to an end with the voter’s voices, and a concession speech that sounded less like a concession and more like a progressive mission statement, Hillary Clinton has been looking forward. Fortune Magazine has Hillary Clinton’s “concession” speech transcript that says, “I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together.”
Scripture tells us: Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. pic.twitter.com/snXfdLgZq8— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 9, 2016
She also included a Scripture in her speech, “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart. My friends, let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary and lose heart, for there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.”
These do not appear to be the words of someone that is closing up shop. These are the words of someone with “more seasons to come” in her agenda. But what exactly will be included in Hillary Clinton’s “future seasons” remains to be seen, we can only speculate.
But all signs suggest that Hillary Clinton has 2020 vision.
Her concession speech was drastically different from those that came before her. Mitt Romney’s would be the most recent example to draw on, and he essentially thanked everyone that voted for him, everyone that worked on the campaign, and then said, “I am out.” As the Washington Post noted in 2012, Mitt Romney’s concession speech noted the following.
“The election is over, but our principles endure…like so many of you, Paul and I have left everything on the field. We have given our all to this campaign. I so wish – I so wish I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader.”
And then, Mitt Romney faded to black. He has since appeared on occasion, as most career politicians do, to offer commentary on current events. So has Hillary Clinton, but with apparent more vigor than Mitt Romney. The Washington Post has reported on Hillary Clinton’s most recent move in a separate article this week, which is a video Hillary Clinton released to Democrats just this past Friday.
They are not the words of a woman that is fading to black any time soon. She applauded Democrats, said serving as their candidate was the honor of a lifetime, and used the pronouns “we” and “our” a lot.
She acknowledged The Resistance movement and protest movement that has sparked since the Trump presidency, the need to persist in a Trump presidency, and said, “I’ll be with you every step of the way.”
“Let resistance plus persistence equal progress for our party and our country.”
Resistance is the movement that has sparked in the wake of a Trump presidency, and The Resistance is the official name of the movement that is resisting Trump’s anti-American moves like a travel ban that was stopped by multiple judges in the country. The phrase “Nevertheless she Persisted” has also woven itself into American fabric, as the sisterhood movement of The Resistance, when Senator Elizabeth Warren was told to sit down on the Senate floor.
In reference to these movements, Hillary Clinton said between the lines on her recent video that these are “ideas we championed are now inspiring leaders and activists around the country. She also said, “We need to stay engaged in the field and online.”
Hillary Clinton is staying engaged. And there is only one logical reason for that. Hillary Clinton has 2020 vision.
Of course the decision may not be made yet, and the decision, like every decision to enter the presidential race, depends largely on many factors. The playing field, the mandate, the money, and do people even want it? People clearly want Hillary Clinton.
On President’s Day, she was celebrated. There is even a “Hillary Beat Trump” website that has been constructed as if she was president. In the hearts of many, Hillary Clinton is the president of the United States.
Her loss has energized her base, Trump’s moves have slowed his down, she has the money and can get what funds she doesn’t have. The only question come 2020 will be what does the playing field look like?
With Trump Russia talk hanging in the balance of every day American conversation today, it could actually be a cake walk for her. A scandal like that would be enough for Americans on both sides of the aisle to “just say no” to Republicans.
Of course, today, mercurial as ever, Hillary Clinton will never talk 2020 outright for many reasons, for a long time. One, she’s Hillary Clinton. She likes to keep people hanging.
But the politics of the day will be the biggest question mark, and likely deciding factor, between now and then. Right now, the Trump Administration appears to be in a downhill spiral, and that downhill spiral appears to be accelerating at a rate faster than Nixon’s, which took just under two years to hit the curb.
No matter what happens with the Trump Russia situation, this entire Russia mess is going to make life very easy for the next Democratic candidate, whoever it may be. But the mercurial Mrs. Clinton will just sit and watch for now, and position herself in the event that she prepares to take another run.
One thing that she does know is the divisive and ugly politics of the entire situation. She was not a well liked candidate on the other side of the aisle, and although she has the mandate, and a base that is more mobilized and energized than ever, she still needs to tread carefully.
If Hillary were to even hint at it now, the Republicans, who made it clear they hate her and would do anything to beat her, would be that much less motivated to investigate Trump for possible Russian corruption. In other words, they aren’t going to impeach the person that she lost the electoral college to, after she talked for months about Russia and Putin’s puppet.
They aren’t ever going to admit she was right, even if it comes out that she was, which, so far, it appears that she was.
Politico Magazine has come right out to say, Hillary Clinton is running again. This is based on many of the same factors already mentioned, the most noticeable one being, she has not faded to black.
She’s doing everything she needs to in order to position herself as a candidate. In fact, she’s doing almost everything she did the last time.
Hillary Clinton has just signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster, in what will be her seventh book. This is exactly what she did before she ran in 2016 with Hard Choices.
A book deal, and a book tour, is a very easy way to stay relevant in the public eye, if you plan on staying in the public eye.
The Clinton Foundation was also heavily targeted during the campaign as a source of corruption, or at the very least, conflict of interest, for Hillary Clinton, and the Clinton family as a whole. But since the campaign, the Clinton Foundation has “dramatically scaled back its operations” reports Politico Magazine. Why?
One obvious speculation would be that it’s being scaled back to remove any possible suggestion of conflicts of interest should an election campaign happen again in the Clinton household.
Hillary Clinton has also been very vocal on Trump’s losses since he took office. When his travel ban was over-ruled by the third judge in the country, she trolled him on that a little bit.
3-0— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 10, 2017
She also couldn’t help but send a little dig Trump’s way when General Flynn was forced to resign, retweeting a post that said, “What goes around, comets around.”
Philippe's got his own way of saying things, but he has a point about the real consequences of fake news... https://t.co/a02sXiaHfp— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 14, 2017
It could just be that Hillary Clinton hasn’t herself decided about 2020, but is leaving the door open. Or she could be just like any other energized and mobilized American right now under a Trump presidency, she’s staying in the loop just to stay in the loop.
She has a lot of reasons not to run. As Politico Magazine noted, since 1992, the Clinton family has been through five campaigns. That may be a record in American history in itself. It’s tough on a family, and the Clintons in this last campaign may have endured an ugliness and emotionally draining exhaustion that no American family prior has ever had to endure in the course of a presidential campaign.
Ronald Reagan came close. So if she steps up to the bat again for a third time, it won’t be unprecedented. He ran in 1968, 1976, and won in 1980.
Also, in 2020 Hillary Clinton will be 73. However Trump is one year older than her. He says he will be in office for 8 years, says that a lot. That may be the case if he can escape the current scandal his administration is embroiled in.
As the Inquisitr reported yesterday, the intelligence community believes that the Trump Administration will not survive the Russian scandal. John Schindler, former NSA analyst and writer for the Observer says he has had information leaked to him on the matter and he says,
“It’s only a matter of time before unseemly Moscow ties are exposed and the White House enters unsurvivable political crisis.”
An event of this magnitude in the history of America will have a bigger factor on Hillary Clinton’s 2020 decision than age. If Trump does somehow run again, it will probably be a very easy run for her, based on the past 35 days alone.
We are also talking about a woman who managed to withstand days and extended hours of Congressional hearings and testimony. Stamina has never been a problem for Hillary Clinton. She is sort of unstoppable, and her history tells us that every loss she has suffered has only ever fueled her fire to work harder for American families and children.
As she said in her own video, her platform for the Democratic party during her campaign was historically the most progressive one yet. This is not a woman who is just going to give that up, to Donald Trump. But still, Hillary Clinton’s vision for 2020 remains to be seen.
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