Very few politicians remain in the heart and soul of Democrats as much as the former First Lady Hillary Clinton. No matter how much she stays away from the limelight, her loyalists always bring her back.
In US politics, there are only a few politicians who keep coming back as much as Hillary Clinton.
Think about it.
How many people remember the politician who lost to Ronald Reagan in ’84 or Bush in ’88? Besides some political junkies and responsible citizens, not many.
Hardened Democrats can’t stop gushing over her, Republicans can’t help hating her. She is a true representation of a politician in the 21st century.
As soon as Joe Biden looked like he is fumbling, stories about Hillary Clinton being ready to save the Democrats started coming in. Our own progressive leaders such as Bernie Sanders can learn this lesson from Hillary – never fail to use political capital when necessary.
Joe Biden, whether one likes it or not, stands on shaky ground. Democrats are afraid that if the allegations of sexual assault against him gain steam, he could demoralize women voters and the base in general. There is also fear regarding his mental capacity. In various moments in the primary debates and rallies, Joe Biden has looked a little lost. There are fears that the DNC may have to parachute a new nominee in September or October if Biden is unable to continue.
This uncertainty is all a smart backroom political operator like Hillary Clinton needs. She is a master fundraiser, has a track record Americans expect from a typical presidential candidate, and commands media presence, unlike Biden.
There is only one problem. Hillary already lost to Trump in 2016.
The Short Memory of Hillary Clinton and the Democrats
The entire point of nominating Hillary Clinton is to get a stronger candidate than Biden to stand against Trump. However, if there is one Democrat who has already lost to Trump before, it is Hillary Clinton.
Compared to Biden, Clinton has her strengths. However, she is still very divisive and the perfect candidate to turn out the Republican base.
Joe Biden is a better candidate to beat Trump than Clinton because he takes the default anti-Trump vote with relative ease. Biden marched through Super Tuesday victories in states he didn’t even have a campaign office. He managed to do this because he gets all the anti-Trump vote by default.
The same can’t be said about Clinton. If she does run again, the Democrats could see a boomerang effect happening. After all, how do you think the rust belt voters would react to the Democrats nominating Hillary Clinton, the person they rejected in 2016?
Despite being unexciting and unable to get media attention, Biden is a much better vessel to gather the anti-Trump vote in the country.
Biden Needs to Gain Momentum to Shut Down Hillary Talk
Some Democrats won’t be happy about the Hillary Clinton push. Joe Biden would rank amongst those Democrats.
The former vice president needs to gain momentum very quickly now. His latest attempts to appear hip and cool to gain ground amongst young voters have fallen flat. During the pandemic, many young people are facing an unprecedented financial crisis. At this time, watching Joe Biden acting funny with Keegan-Micahel Key won’t make him go viral.
Here’s an idea – how about Biden proposes a plan to student loan relief for the first two years of his term to help young people through this crisis? That move alone would get Biden more support than any number of endorsements from politicians, actors, and political hacks pretending to be activists.
Of course, Biden is not willing to do these things. He knows he can win the election being the default candidate. It would be a good strategy in normal times, but Biden is already fighting allegations of sexual assault and fears of deteriorating mental health.
The Hillary Clinton rumours are still thin on the ground, but Biden should remember the Democrats would ditch him in a second to stand behind her. One or two more bombshell revelations in the Tara Reade story could send Biden in a tailspin. All that would be left then for Hillary Clinton to do is say yes to the desperate Democrats looking to vote Trump out.
(Image Credits – Gage Skidmore)