And you thought that Hillary was likely referring to something along the lines of being a political pundit, or perhaps even making a run for New York City’s mayoral seat, when she said last week that she was “ready to come out of the woods.”
You surely didn’t think she had another campaign for president on the brain.
Well, perhaps she does.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, Robby Mook, Clinton’s manager of her 2016 campaign, appeared Monday night on MSNBC’s For the Record with Greta and was asked by show host Greta Van Susteren, “What are the odds of her running again?”
“I’m going to let her answer for that,” Mook responded.
Van Susteren, unwilling to let the matter drop, followed up by asking Mook, “Do you want to guess?”
To which Mook replied:
“I think what happens right now, we’ve got to get to the bottom of what happened in 2016 then we can start worrying about the next cycle. But we’ve got to make sure that this cannot happen again in two years or four years to anybody else.”
Here’s what no one heard from one of the people closest to Clinton when he was asked if she might throw her hat in the White House ring yet again: An unequivocal “no.” Beyond that, Mook’s answer to Van Susteren’s follow-up question clearly seemed to suggest that there had been some talk within Clinton’s inner circle about at least the possibility of running in 2020.
While most would likely be taken aback to see Clinton mount another candidacy for president in four years, it’s not as far-fetched an idea as it might seem at first blush. The Clintons have an unquestionable lust for power, and, right now, they are as far removed from it as they have been in a long, long time. Then there is Hillary’s recent “ready to come out of the woods” announcement. Some have speculated that it means she will serve as an advisor somewhere, or that she might, indeed, run for mayor of New York City, but would either job really satisfy the ego of Hillary Clinton, particularly considering the corridors of power in which she has previously walked?
Let’s put it this way: If Hillary announces her candidacy for president when the next election cycle cranks up, and you’re shocked to hear it…then you haven’t been paying close enough attention.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large