Hillary Clinton might be taking the saying “move in silence” to heart. At least one pundit was speculating this week that the Democrat could run for president again — despite her electoral college loss in last November’s presidential election.
Matt Latimer, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush, wrote an exclusive essay for Politico Sunday about why he thinks Clinton could run again in 2020. “This is just a statement of simple facts (if facts mean anything anymore, that is),” he said. “And the facts are clear that the former secretary of state is doing everything she needs to do to run for the White House one more time.”
Latimer explained that Clinton was keeping herself relevant in the media for her political gain, pointing out that she never clarified rumors about whether she planned to run for mayor of New York City. And she just signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to write her seventh book.
“Does she really have that much more to say? Or might there be another reason, besides money that she does not need, to go on a book tour, answer humiliating questions about losing to Donald Trump and stay in the headlines?” Latimer wrote.
He also cited her forward-looking Nov. 8th concession speech to further substantiate his theory about Clinton’s run in the next four years.
“I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day, someone will,” Clinton said, adding “and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.”
She then quoted a line of scripture — “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart” — before wrapping up her speech. “So my friends, let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary, let us not lose heart, for there are more seasons to come,” she said. “And there is more work to do.”
Rumors about Clinton’s future have been flying for months.
But age could be a challenge for the Democratic party going forward. Anonymous political sources told the New York Post recently the White House believes both 75-year-old Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and 67-year-old Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are “too old” for another run in 2020.
Clinton is 69, so if she were to run in 2020, she would be 73. Trump is 70, so he would be 74 — but he’s the oldest person to be elected American president so far.
“Age is important politically, but it might not be the right way to think,” Princeton University history professor Julian Zelizer told CNN in 2015. “A young person can be ill. An older person can be sharp and totally on top of it.”
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