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A growing number of voices on the left and right suspect that failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may attempt to make a comeback in 2022.
Speaking on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” late Wednesday, host Tucker Carlson noted quite bluntly that it may be inevitable because the Democrat Party has run out of options thanks to the abysmal performance of its top players.
“Joe Biden is the most unpopular president that the United States has had in a very long time. Voters dislike Kamala Harris even more. And that’s a problem because this is supposed to be the new administration’s honeymoon period, the part where everyone thinks they’re great. So it’s not getting better from here,” he said.
“This is as beloved as the Biden administration is going to get. smart Democrats can read the numbers. They understand this, and they’re working on a solution.”
And to some Democrats, that “solution” is Clinton. As evidence, Carlson pointed to a column posted in The Wall Street Journal this week by Democrat pollster Doug Schoen and retired former New York City Democrat politician Andrew Stein.
“Several circumstances—President Biden’s low approval rating, doubts over his capacity to run for re-election at 82, Vice President Kamala Harris’s unpopularity, and the absence of another strong Democrat to lead the ticket in 2024—have created a leadership vacuum in the party, which Mrs. Clinton viably could fill,” the two wrote.
“She is already in an advantageous position to become the 2024 Democratic nominee. She is an experienced national figure who is younger than Mr. Biden and can offer a different approach from the disorganized and unpopular one the party is currently taking.”
An “experienced national figure” who “can offer a different approach” from the Democrat Party’s streak of failures? Carlson wasn’t convinced.
The Fox News host proceeded to provide a cursory overview of Clinton’s supposed successes, like her “achievement” in Libya.
“It’s the one achievement of her life that’s uniquely hers. Her husband had nothing to do with it. As Secretary of State under Obama, Hillary Clinton ordered the killing of Moammar Gadhafi. He was the bloodthirsty Libyan strongman who was also, let’s be honest, creepy and weird and therefore deserving of death. Hillary had him offed. Then she laughed about it,” he said.
“But then what happened? Once Hillary killed the leader of the country, how did the country do? Well … Here’s the capital of Libya. … Now in that same city post-Hillary, people are being sold as property in the now thriving slave markets in downtown Tripoli. No, they’re not very happy, that’s true, but at least Gadhafi’s gone. So on some level, they’re free. They’ve been liberated by Hillary Clinton, despite the fact they’re now enslaved.”
That’s what Democrats like to call “progress.”
“In fact, it’s a pretty good campaign slogan. Hillary 2024: She’ll do for us what she did for Libya. You could imagine the posters and T-shirts and coffee mugs. Somebody is going to need to get those slaves to sign a consent form, put them on the list,” Carlson jokingly continued.
“But all of a sudden, Hillary Clinton for president starting to sound a little less crazy, isn’t it? In fact, it’s starting to sound inevitable.”
Jokes aside, her record might leave some wondering why in the world Schoen and Stein would put their faith behind her. Schoen appeared on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” later Wednesday evening to try and explain himself, though he first had to convince host Laura Ingraham that he wasn’t playing an early April Fools’ joke.
“Look, people reinvent themselves. I think Hillary can. And in the land of the blind, you need the one-eyed man. And she is clearly better than anything that the Democrats have,” Schoen told Ingraham.
“Biden is a failed president, as you’ve said. Kamala Harris, arguably worse. Mayor Pete, I really think is a nonstarter. So Secretary Clinton, in the same way Richard Nixon repositioned himself in 1968 after his defeats in ’60 an ’62, is my party’s best hope.”
And so assuming she does run again in 2024, two questions remain unanswered, according to Carlson: “Why did Hillary lose last time? And who would she run against two years from now?”
Clinton’s already answered the first question.
“So the Russians, WikiLeaks, Jim Comey, Facebook, Democratic Party, saboteurs and the citizenry of Macedonia, those are the people who did the funny business that was like Pearl Harbor that prevented Hillary from becoming president,” Carlson said, using bits and pieces from Clinton’s past rhetoric.
As to who else might run in 2024, Carlson pointed to Liz Cheney, whom some on the left are saying should be picked to run as President Joe Biden’s vice president, and even former President George W. Bush, whom the Fox News host said could pretend to run as a Republican to guarantee Clinton a surefire victory.
Either way, he continued, all that’s left is for Clinton to continue tearfully practicing her 2016 inauguration speech like she recently did on NBC’s “Today.”
“A lot’s happened since Hillary Clinton wrote those words, it is a different country now than it was five years ago. But Hillary Clinton hasn’t changed. Her primary interests remain exactly what they always were,” Carlson said.
“She’s still talking with endless and undimmed enthusiasm about herself. We don’t know what’s in the rest of her victory speech. We’re going to have to wait until January of 2025 to find out. But one thing we can safely assume: it ends with a cackle and a finger.”
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