Despite having lost two presidential bids, Hillary Clinton continues to consider herself a figure of influence within the Democrat Party. Despite the hope among members of the political Left that she will step off the public stage, Clinton resists disappearing completely.
As covered by The Daily Caller, Clinton recently told an NPR interviewer that she isn’t “going anywhere.” Clinton asserts that her “experience” and “insight” make her an asset to the Democrat Party in the upcoming 2018 elections.
As Christian News Alerts reported, Clinton has stated she will no longer seek public office. “As an active politician, it’s over,” she told CBS‘ Jane Pauley. “I am done with being a candidate, but I am not done with politics because I literally believe that our country’s future is at stake.”
The former Secretary of State’s remarks to NPR are in line with her previous statement. While Clinton claims she won’t run again, she still believes she has work to do on the national scene. Although Clinton has lost her own elections, she argues she can help other Democrats win.
“I have the experience, I have the insight, I have the scars that I think give me not only the right, but the responsibility to speak out. And 2018 is going to be incredibly momentous,” Clinton said.
“We have a chance I won 24 congressional districts that have a Republican member of Congress sitting in them. And I think that gives us some idea that maybe, if we are really focused we have a chance to pick up seats, maybe take back the House.”
Clinton also stressed the need to “defend the Democrat senators,” and said “I have a lot of ideas about how best to do that. And a lot of people are already calling asking for my help and my support.”
According to the New York Times, the former Democrat nominee has launched a political organization, Onward Together, which funds grassroots opposition to President Trump’s agenda. Clinton says she is still very much in demand among left-wing circles.
“I’m responding to a very large outpouring of people who want to know what I have to say,” she said. And Clinton gladly disappointed her detractors, saying, “they don’t have to buy my book, and they can turn off the radio when they hear me talking. I’m not going anywhere.” Despite her assertions that she is still a popular political figure, polls suggest Americans have little interest in Clinton.
Per a Rasmussen Reports poll, 61 percent of voters believe it’s time for Clinton to retire. Only 21 percent believe Hillary’s presence is good for the Democrat Party, while 49 percent believe her presence is bad for the party. When it comes to beliefs about why Hillary lost, the large plurality of voters (44 percent) attribute the Democrat’s defeat to her own weaknesses as a candidate.
But even as Clinton tries to remain relevant with the release of her new memoir, What Happened, she has faced scandal. As covered by Christian News Alerts, a security firm that bid on the contract for the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya recently blew the lid on the Clinton State Department’s attempt to cover-up negligence that resulted in the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others in 2012.
The question is whether a twice-defeated candidate who is the object of scorn among a large segment of her own party can offer her fellow Democrats insights that would actually lead them to electoral wins in 2018.