What does the future hold for Hillary Clinton?
The two-time failed presidential candidate spent the last 40 years building toward her hope for the presidency.
But a close ally just revealed what he believes to be Hillary Clinton’s future.
There may be no closer Clinton confidant than Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.
The former Democrat National Committee Chair and Clinton fundraiser has long held a spot in the family’s inner circle.
Now that Hillary is contesting the election by supporting Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s recount efforts in Wisconsin and Michigan, many are wondering if this is being done to delegitimize Trump’s win to position her for another run in 2020.
Hillary cooperating with the recount (along with pop vote win) is an indication she will run again in 2020. YES SHE WILL
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) November 27, 2016
But Governor McAuliffe made a different prediction.
He contends Hillary’s time in politics is finished.
“I think so, sure,” McAuliffe said when asked on WTOP’s “Ask the Governor” program, The Washington Post reported. “I don’t think Hillary has any interest in running again. I’ll let her speak for herself. I haven’t asked her that.”
He added: “I think the president’s probably going to go back, working on all the good deeds he’s done before in helping people around the globe. You know, there are elections. We’ve got to move forward. As Governor of Virginia, I’ve got to move forward.”
Hillary Clinton’s loss in the presidential election last month shocked Democrats who were gearing up to staff her administration. She has made a couple public appearances since the election, but has mostly stayed silent as other Democratic leaders debate the future of the party, which lost not only the White House, but remains in the minority in both chambers of Congress.
McAuliffe suggested that the defeat was “hard, very tough” for the Clintons.
“I mean, this is hard on anybody. I mean, can you imagine having to go through this?” he asked. “I’ve had many conversations with the Clinton family. We’re friends. It’s hard, very tough. I think on Election Day everybody felt pretty good. I think the Trump campaign thought they were gonna lose.”
Is this for real?
Some believe McAuliffe may have made his statement to throw cold water on the speculation that Hillary is actually behind Stein’s recounts to set up another White House run.
It could be a deflection.
Or it could just be an honest appraisal of where the 70-year-old Clinton stands.
She has now failed twice to become president.
Americans – first in her own party in the 2008 Democrat primary, and then in the 2016 general election – rejected her as presidential material.
A party searching for new blood would not be likely to turn to a 74-year-old multi-timed failed candidate.