There may be a rematch coming in the 2024 race for the White House. But we’re not talking (God help us) Biden-Trump II.
Instead, 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNYT columnist floats Biden-Cheney ticket in 2024 Centrist Democrats urge progressives to tamp down rhetoric Stacey Abrams’s shocking snub of Biden, Harris signals possible 2024 aspirations MORE is an interesting prospect to consider when looking for a viable candidate, particularly if an 80-something President BidenJoe BidenHouse Democratic campaign arm outraises GOP counterpart in final quarter of 2021 Putin’s ‘Brezhnev Doctrine’ involving Ukraine could backfire Rising inflation adds pain to student loan debt MORE decides not to seek a second term. And why would he? Just 22 percent of voters want him to seek a second term, according to a I&I-TIPP poll. It doesn’t get much better when polling only Democrats, where just 36 percent want to see the president run again, with that juggernaut candidate named “someone else” coming in first with 44 percent support.
Whoa. NPR/PBS Poll shows Democrats want Biden replaced for 2024.
44% want someone else
36% want Biden
— John Ashbrook (@JohnAshbrook) November 1, 2021
The Democratic bench is about as deep as the New York Jets’ these days. Vice President Harris? She’s at 28 percent approval, per USA Today. Former New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoAndrew Cuomo attorney says AG investigation was ‘shoddy,’ outcome was ‘predetermined’ Judge dismisses groping case against Cuomo Andrew Cuomo to appear in court virtually on Friday MORE? No longer governor and thoroughly disgraced. Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomThe Hill’s Morning Report: Biden takes it on the chin Newsom denies parole for RFK assassin Why California needs a Latino state supreme court justice MORE (D-Calif.)? He had to spend major time and resources just to avoid being ousted in deep-blue California during a recall election earlier this year.
A cast of heavy hitters for @GavinNewsom final anti-recall pitch: @KamalaHarris about to take the stage, President @JoeBiden coming to campaign next week and per @cmarinucci an ad featuring Obama about to drop https://t.co/pbfKsXZObV
— Christine Mai-Duc (@cmaiduc) September 8, 2021
Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden to tout new bridge program at infrastructure law’s 60-day mark Stacey Abrams’s shocking snub of Biden, Harris signals possible 2024 aspirations President Biden is blaming everyone else for surging inflation MORE? Not even 40 years old, and he has a supply chain crisis on his résumé. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Biden’s Supreme Court setback Republican rep who voted to impeach Trump running for reelection Biden’s FDA nominee advances through key Senate committee MORE (I-Vt.)? Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFed’s Brainard faces GOP pressure on climate stances Sanders, 50 Democrats unveil bill to send N95 masks to all Americans Barnes rakes in almost 0K after Johnson enters Wisconsin Senate race MORE (D-Mass.)? Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerCNN legal analyst knocks GOP senator over remark on Biden nominee Barnes rakes in almost 0K after Johnson enters Wisconsin Senate race Hillicon Valley: Amazon’s Alabama union fight — take two MORE (D-N.J.)?
If those are the options, why not Hillary? She’s 74 years old, which is like being bathed in the fountain of youth compared to Biden. And she’s still stunned — five years later — that she actually lost to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpThe fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump Resolution to honor Capitol workers on Jan. 6 would have been voted down by Hawley, senator says Trump to rally supporters in Texas MORE. In fact, she sounds no different than Trump in constantly complaining about all the reasons she lost and that, well, the election was stolen by Trump and the Russians anyway. That type of rhetoric is a big no-no for Trump, but A-OK if Hillary (or Stacey Abrams) does it. Rules are rules.
What she’s been telling candidates who went to her: “You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you.” #BillAndHill pic.twitter.com/gx5az4z0uf
— Teleute (@bigfootmeds) May 5, 2019
“Are we going to give in to all these lies and this disinformation and this organized effort to undermine our rule of law and our institutions, or are we going to stand up to it?” Clinton recently warned regarding the possibility of Trump taking back the White House.
And yes, that’s a real possibility: Several recent polls have Trump topping Biden in a hypothetical 2024 contest. Which is stunning considering that the Democrat received more votes last year than any other presidential candidate in American history: 81 million.
— The Hill (@thehill) December 6, 2021
One more possible sign that Hillary is dipping her toe in the 2024 pool comes in the form of her bizarre decision to read her 2016 victory speech for something called “Masterclass.” It was one of the most cringeworthy things you’ll ever see.
Here we have a former first lady, senator, secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee reading a speech for an election she lost. Of course, if The New York Times gave me an 85 percent chance of winning an election and I somehow lost to a guy who had never run for public office before, I’d have trouble absorbing it too.
But eventually one would think Hillary, more than five years later, would show some class. Some humility. Some maturity. And not talk about it so often anymore.
Instead, here she is, a losing candidate reading a five-year-old victory speech. And in case you’re asking if any losing presidential candidate had done anything like this before, the answer is no.
Since the election, Hillary has blamed her loss on misogyny, sexism, voter ID laws, Bernie Sanders, former FBI Director James Comey and Matt LauerMatthew (Matt) Todd LauerHillary 2024? Given the competition, she may be the Dems’ best hope Katie Couric dismisses early coverage of book as ‘strange, willful misinterpretation’ Katie Couric says she felt ‘betrayed’ by Lauer after sexual assault allegations MORE, along with dozens of other factors. (She hasn’t blamed neglecting to campaign in Wisconsin or deciding “I’m With Her” was a grabby campaign slogan.)
It’s a five-year public therapy session in broad daylight. And in a sane world, she would have been laughed out of the room for reading such a speech. But this felt more like a trial balloon in an effort to see if there is still an appetite for the Clinton brand.
Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisJoe Biden’s disastrous 48 hours The Hill’s Morning Report – For Biden, it goes from bad to worse Voting advocates focus on next steps after Biden speech MORE was supposed to be Biden’s Plan B. She was supposed to be set up to be the first female president in our nation’s history. But it’s not working out for the VP, who is already seeing senior staff members jump ship at an alarming rate, presumably thanks to her poor polling.
Hillary Clinton always seemed to believe the mantle of “First Female President” was her birthright. And given how pathetic the field is on the Democratic side with or without Joe Biden, she may just get a second chance at winning the office her husband so famously made infamous.
Joe Concha is a media and politics columnist for The Hill.