Monday, June 5, 2017

Democrats: Hillary should 'take a break'

It isn’t news when people say that they want to see and hear less from Hillary Clinton. On the other hand, if those people are prominent Democrats, then Hillary fatigue is newsworthy. According a report from The Hill, many prominent Democrats are saying that Hillary’s recent remarks are damaging to the Democratic Party, the country as a whole and her personal brand.

“Good God, what is she doing?” a veteran Democratic aide said of Hillary’s blame-everyone-but-me tour. “She's apparently still really, really angry. I mean, we all are. The election was stolen from her, and that's how she feels. But to go out there publicly again and again and talk about it? And then blame the DNC? It's not helpful to Democrats. It's not helpful to the country, and I don't think it's helpful to her.”

“If she is trying to come across as the leader of the angry movement of what happened in 2016, then she's achieving it,” a former senior aide to President Obama said. “But part of the problem she had was she didn't have a vision for the Democratic Party, and she needs to now take a break and let others come to the forefront.”

The Clintons have a talent for sucking the oxygen out of the room and Democrat operatives are concerned that with Hillary hogging the limelight it will be difficult for Democrat candidates to position themselves for 2020. This may be by design.

There is already speculation that Hillary is gearing up for a third presidential campaign. In Hillary’s previous runs for president, she has used the Clinton influence in the Democrat Party and the DNC to discourage other Democrats from challenging her as the presumptive nominee. She nevertheless lost to the relatively unknown Barack Obama in 2008 and was heavily damaged by the insurgent candidacy of Democrat-in-name-only, Bernie Sanders, in 2016.

If Hillary does decide to run for president a third time in 2020, she would be the oldest president ever to take office if elected. At 73, she would be three years older than Donald Trump, currently the oldest president ever to be elected, who was 70 when he was inaugurated. A third failure would put Hillary in the company of such perennial losers as William Jennings Bryan (1896, 1900, 1908) and Ron Paul (1988, 2008, 2012) who ran national campaigns three times but never won. Richard Nixon was the last candidate to lose as a party nominee and then come back to win both a second nomination and the presidency.

After two unsuccessful presidential campaigns, there are signs that the patience of Democrats is wearing thin. “Some people I know are just frustrated that it's happening,” said. “She is a national hero and a great public servant and has the right to be upset,” Jamal Simmons, a Democratic strategist. “It would be nice to hear a little more about the things she did wrong, which I believe mattered more than what she has discussed.”

Others suspect that Hillary is just seeking publicity for her upcoming book. “I'm not sure there is a political strategy here,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon. “It sounds to me like more of a personal strategy. Complaining about an outcome and blaming everyone else is not a good political strategy.”

After two high profile losses, Hillary would seem to be an expert on poor political strategies. The loss to Donald Trump was particularly humiliating given Trump’s record-high negatives, numerous scandals and erratic behavior.

Americans have spoken firmly against a Hillary Clinton presidency. If Democrats want to have a chance against Donald Trump in 2020, which at this point looks like a slam dunk with any candidate other than Hillary, they would be wise to give someone else a chance.

 Originally published on The Resurgent

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