If Hillary Clinton’s appearance at Sen. Harry Reid’s going out party on Capitol Hill indicates anything, it’s that she may be down but she’s not going away — not yet, anyway.
Clip via Fox News Channel
One would assume that activities would include working with the Clinton Foundation and a return to the speaking circuit, but could it also mean another presidential bid? She lost in the Democratic primary in 2008, and although she took the popular vote in last month’s general election, she got walloped where it counts — the electoral vote.
The question is, would she really want to go through all that again?
“I think if she wants to run again, and my guess is she probably does, because they always do, then yes I think she’s doing a good job laying the groundwork,” Brad Bannon, Democratic strategist and CEO of Bannon Communications Research, told FoxNews.com.
Longtime Clinton aide Adam Parkhomenko set up a Twitter account, HRCinTheWild, to make sure she stays in the public consciousness by posting photos of the former secretary of state at various locations around her Chappaqua, New York home.
Fox News reported:
Parkhomenko is no random staffer – he created the Ready for Hillary PAC to draft her to run and was director of grassroots engagement for the 2016 campaign. His Twitter account is littered with personal letters from Clinton and photos with the candidate. Parkhomenko is such a significant player in ClintonWorld that in January The Washington Post published a lengthy profile of him.
Parkhomenko told FoxNews.com the Twitter account has nothing to do with the campaign, which he says wound down in November. He says instead it was a request from supporters and he happily obliged.
“These photos have put a huge smile on her supporters’ face and I think it has really pushed them to get back up and keep going after a devastating presidential loss. It has been incredible to watch the account grow,” he told Fox News.
Although the intent of the Twitter account is to keep Clinton in the public consciousness for a possible third presidential run, some publications — including The New York Times — see it as a transformation from politician to “folk hero.”
“After the knock-down, drag-out battle of the campaign, the images suggest she has, unexpectedly, found peace,” The Times piece said.
“Folk hero” or not, she’s still discussing politics in a big way.
At Reid’s retirement party Clinton took on what she saw as ““a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly” — fake news — and called upon Congress to address it.
Senior Trump aide Kellyanne Conway shot back that the only “fake news” that concerned the presidential race was “that Donald Trump couldn’t win.”
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