What a difference a little winning can make.
Just two years ago, Hillary Clinton, as a candidate for president was revered and worshiped by nearly everyone on the left. Now top Democratic strategists are labeling her the “kiss of death” to their party.
The monumental loss to President Donald Trump has prompted a sea change in how she is viewed as an asset — or not — in her own party.
Now the former first lady, state senator, and secretary of state turned presidential candidate can’t buy a spot next to a 2018 candidate on the campaign trail.
That’s got to be painful to someone who is so used to and maybe even still craves the spotlight on the center stage of American politics.
Perhaps the Clinton machine still has a great deal of influence and power behind the scenes in the Democrat party, but it has clearly has lost steam in the public arena.
The Washington Examiner published a very interesting article noting the complete about face in support for Hillary Clinton but failed to specifically name any strategists and leading democrats who rebuked her.
While the Clintons do plan a 13-city road trip in November to conduct “one-of-a-kind conversations about the most impactful moments in modern history” said The Examiner, they don’t embark until after the midterm elections are over.
Is there a coincidence in such timing? Probably not.
The Examiner quotes one unidentified House Democrat: “I have not seen Hillary or Bill at all — and I’m very grateful for that. When I think of people who have been part of our push to retake the House, I just don’t think of them at all. … I think it’s a very good thing that they’re not being visible. It wouldn’t help our candidates.”
And another leading Democrat strategist said: “Hillary Clinton is the kiss of death and she represents the part of the Democratic Party that led to historic losses and that elected Donald Trump president.”
For fear of political retribution the strategist specifically requested anonymity, reported The Examiner.
And while other leading Democrat office holders and Democrat Senator Dick Durbin are named in the piece, their comments are much more tactful and diplomatic: “I think they’re measuring how they can have the best, positive impact and have kind of decided to wait until after the election,” said Durbin.
Democrats like former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders and former president Barack Obama seem to have full dance cards during this campaign season, but Ms. Clinton has only received invitations to make appearances from the more questionable, scandal ridden candidates like J.B. Pritzker, the Democratic nominee for governor of Illinois and Andrew Gillum, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Florida.
“Both Menendez and Pritzker carry considerable baggage. Menendez was once under federal indictment for corruption before the case was dropped earlier this year, while Pritzker was investigated for removing toilets from one of his luxury homes along Chicago’s Gold Coast to avoid property taxes,” according to The Examiner.
“It’s no surprise that one of the very few Democrats that would welcome her is someone who was formerly under federal indictment and the most scandal-plagued Democrat in the country,” said the unidentified Democrat strategist to The Examiner.
I think the tide of Democrat support has changed, but someone must have forgotten to tell the Clintons. It’s a sad, sad commentary on just how far the party has fallen out of favor, but a great message of reawakening for an America that values freedom and independence.
Americans have realized that no longer does the Democratic party or Hillary Clinton stand for any of that, if they ever did to begin with.
I’m hoping for a red tsunami in November and maybe even a full retirement for both Clintons as well.
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