Failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has yet to make a graceful exit stage left since the incredible defeat she suffered in the 2016 election, and it doesn’t look like she intends to fade away from the political scene anytime in the near future.
Indeed, there has been a growing number interpreted signs and speculative rumors which suggest that, rather than step aside and allow for the next generation of Democratic Party leaders to move to the forefront, Clinton is gearing up for yet another run at the White House in 2020 in a rematch against her political nemesis, President Donald Trump.
But recent polling suggests that an overwhelming majority of Democrats are less than keen on the idea of Clinton running as their nominee again, with one major poll from CNN — which used to justifiably be referred to as the “Clinton News Network” — not even including her among the more than a dozen potential Democratic candidates that will most likely vie for their party’s nomination in 2020.
Now it would seem that CNN has taken yet another shot at the woman they formerly adored and couldn’t wait to coronate as president, as the network and reporter Randi Kaye convened a small group of Democratic voters in Florida and asked them quite bluntly whether they viewed Clinton as more of a liability or an asset for her fellow Democrats.
That pointed question to the focus group of liberal Florida voters came as Clinton was in the state holding a private fundraising dinner on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. There should be zero doubt that Clinton would be quite displeased to hear what these Democratic voters — at least one of whom admitted to previously voting for her — think of her now.
The segment began with Kaye asking for a show of hands from those who thought Clinton was a liability to fellow Democrats, and all hands but one were immediately raised. A young female voter named Alexandria Ayala explained, “Hillary Clinton is seen as this kind of figure that the right rails against. They go to rallies and they say, ‘lock her up.'”
Rob Long, a young male Democrat, agreed and said, “Hillary Clinton is a rallying point for the right. They use that messaging against Hillary Clinton to drive out their vote, so I think you can end up seeing a huge boost to their numbers because you have Hillary Clinton now on the other side being associated with Gillum so closely.”
Asked about how Clinton’s “baggage and scandals” could impact Gillum’s campaign, Long replied, “Her post-presidential, sort of demeanor or platform has been very sort of self-indulgent and very much about re-litigating what happened in 2016. And our generation, my generation, doesn’t really respond to this re-litigation of 2016, and I don’t want to call it whining, but at this point that’s kind of what it feels like.”
Ayala said, “I am concerned, and as a young person, (Long) nailed it … we’re going forward, the progressive movement, progressive policies. We’re looking ahead and I think she represents an old Democratic Party.”
Asked if Clinton could nevertheless be helpful to the Gillum campaign, an older voter named Stephanie Reubins said, “I do. I think she can be financially helpful because she has a history of fabulous fundraising … and I think that is where she should stay.” An older black voter named Dr. Marc LaFalaise agreed and chimed in to add, “As far as going out and making speeches for Mr. Gillum, I don’t think so.”
Kaye asked how Clinton might actually harm the Gillum campaign, and Reubins replied, “She’s just got bad cred. Bad cred, people don’t trust her, no one trusts her. I mean, the reality is, I voted for her, I supported her, but she does things that … she trips over herself and she makes big mistakes.”
The CNN reporter then brought up recent remarks from Clinton which had excused her husband and former President Bill Clinton over his affair with Monica Lewinsky, as the then-21-year-old intern was “an adult.” Without exception, all of the members of the group denounced that remark as unhelpful for Democrats in the current day.
“We’re in 2018. Time’s Up, MeToo, Harvey Weinstein unleashed a generation-long abuse of power and it’s completely tone-deaf to say that a female 21-year-old intern at the White House, in the Oval Office with the president, is not a victim, and is bringing (Clinton) on going to be a trigger for some people saying, ‘Did you hear what she just said a week ago?'” said Ayala. She later added that she’d prefer to see some “fresh blood” from the Democrats leading the campaigning charge instead of Clinton.
The segment then shifted back to the CNN studio with host Anderson Cooper, who had on as guests liberal commentator Kirsten Powers and 2016 Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, both of whom defended Clinton from the criticism she had just received from fellow Democrats in Florida, all of which can be seen right here:
It should be abundantly clear that there is little room or patience remaining for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party as it attempts to move forward — ideally without her — but it of course remains to be seen if Clinton will receive that message from her own ideological brethren or if she will bullheadedly continue to plod along as if she is still the soon-to-be-crowned queen of the liberal states of America.
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