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I hope this puts the dot on the final [i] and crosses the final [t].  After what Hillary Clinton went through in 2007/8 and again, and for longer in 2015/16, who would expect her to to throw herself into the volcano yet again?

As the last nominee for the presidency, she remains the de facto head of the Democratic Party. She is consulting and advising all Democratic candidates who seek her counsel. The policy book she and Tim Kaine authored, Stronger Together, stands as a blueprint for all to access as they see fit. Clearly she remains a force within the party for positive change.

The mark she has made is clear. Women and minorities are running for office in numbers we have never seen before. Thank you, Hillary, for everything you have done and continue to do!


a person posing for the camera: Hillary Clinton says she will continue to speak out against President Trump.© Getty Images Hillary Clinton says she will continue to speak out against President Trump. Hillary Clinton says she “can’t imagine” running for president again, but says in a new interview that she’s “going to keep speaking out” about President Trump.”I can’t imagine that, no,” the former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said Monday on Tina Brown’s podcast “TBD” when asked whether she could change her mind about running in 2020.”I am very worried about the direction that Trump and his allies are taking us,” she added. “Just because I’m not running, I’m not going to keep my mouth shut. I’m going to keep speaking out.”Read more >>>>


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“How do you get on this kind of Goldilocks path where you’re not too strong and you’re not too weak, you’re not too aggressive and you’re not too passive?” Hillary Clinton said in an interview on the podcast “TBD with Tina Brown.” | Charles Krupa/AP Photo

Hillary Clinton said in an interview this week that the female candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination are unjustly facing the challenge of not looking “aggressive” or “angry” — and must instead take a “Goldilocks path” of looking just right.

“How does a woman stand up for herself on the biggest stage in the world without, No. 1, looking aggressive — maybe a little bit angry — that somebody is behaving like that, being willing to go toe-to-toe, when there are so few memories embedded in our collective DNA where women do that?” Clinton said in an interview on the podcast “TBD with Tina Brown.”

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When Hillary was secretary of state and negotiated agreements with countries that had poor human rights records, she always told us that while she spoke of those issues behind closed doors, we dealt with the governments that were there. It is time for true Democrats to deal with the roster of candidates that we have. We must move forward, and we cannot do that, as she also has always told us, by looking in the rearview mirror.

The petitions, post card and letter writing campaigns are distractions. Candidates are working hard to construct their messages and circulate them. Someone will be the Democratic candidate in 2020. We have a job to do: to decide who that will be. Let’s not be distracted. Let’s do what Hillary has always taught us to do by example. Let’s listen.


Adding the link to this NYT article because it appeared today and is pertinent. I do not agree with all of the content starting with the word “looms” in the header, but, for the record, here it is.


Hillary Clinton, a former first lady, senator and secretary of state, remains a singular and deeply complicated figure when it comes to Democratic presidential politics.CreditKarsten Moran for The New York Times

Hillary Clinton, a former first lady, senator and secretary of state, remains a singular and deeply complicated figure when it comes to Democratic presidential politics.CreditCreditKarsten Moran for The New York Times

Senator Amy Klobuchar seemed quite clear when she revealed the first state she would visit as a presidential candidate: Wisconsin. “Because, as you remember, there wasn’t a lot of campaigning in Wisconsin in 2016,” she said. “With me, that changes.”

Many Democrats took it as an unmistakable swipe at Hillary Clinton, who lost that battleground state after never appearing there during the 2016 general election campaign. The jab ricocheted across the internet, enraging Clinton admirers and earning Ms. Klobuchar attention as a Midwesterner willing to speak hard truths.

But behind the scenes, Ms. Klobuchar of Minnesota sprang into damage control mode, firing off an email to Mrs. Clinton. In a phone call that soon followed, she apologized and said her off-the-cuff remark had been misinterpreted, according to people familiar with the episode.

The Klobuchar comment came out of nowhere for the former Democratic presidential nominee: Only three days earlier, Ms. Klobuchar had been sitting in Mrs. Clinton’s Washington home, the latest in a line of 2020 Democrats who had sought her private counsel ahead of their campaigns. Two days before that, it had been former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. who had visited, according to a person familiar with the meeting.

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In the excitement of the historic 116th Congress being sworn in, this story from last week slipped under the radar. Aspiring Democratic candidates for 2020 are quietly meeting with Hillary Clinton.

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Hillary Clinton Is Meeting With Potential 2020 Candidates: Report

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Hillary Clinton in 2016.Photographer: Daniel Acker

Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, is meeting with prospective Democratic candidates for the 2020 race, with top-tier contenders seeking her endorsement, according to multiple reports.

Clinton has met with Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, as well as with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Axios and CNN reported. CNN also reported Senator Kamala Harris has met with the former first lady. There are plans for meetings with others.

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The quiet race to win Hillary Clinton’s endorsement

Hillary Clinton giving a speech

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Glamour

Several possible 2020 candidates have sought advice from Hillary Clinton, and she has meetings scheduled with additional hopefuls.

Between the lines: Clinton has discussed the next presidential race with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, according to a longtime Clinton confidant.

I’m told this has been going on for months and will continue, since Clinton will talk to any Democrat who wants to talk. (Plus, she sees people incidentally all the time.)

  • “A bunch have picked her brain,” a longtime Clinton confidant said.

“Hillary wants Trump gone,” the confidant said. “She doesn’t know who’s best able to beat him, but she knows about grueling nomination fights.”

  • The potential candidates “know tens of millions of Democrats love Hillary and want her to try again.”
  • “The savvy ones know she’s the most valuable endorser in the party not named Obama.”

Nick Merrill, Clinton’s spokesman, told me: “I won’t comment on private discussions she’s had except to say that she’s more than happy to talk to anyone considering a run about the challenges (as well as the great things) that go with it, and lessons learned on what to watch for in this next cycle (aside from Vladimir).”

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You can take this whatever way you want. It is rich with potential motivations and implications. Candidates may be seeking an endorsement, advice, or both.

Here’s what I think. The candidates touching base with her are doing so out of an abundance of respect for Hillary and to assure, before they make a move, that she will not run. They would not want to step on her toes.

I also think that this new role puts Hillary beyond any primary endorsements. I think those going to her know this.

Hillary is emerging as the sensei of the 2020 Democratic candidates. As she said multiple times last year, she is not and will not be running.  I suppose that will not discourage a Hillary or Bust movement that could include draft Hillary, convince Hillary, and write-in Hillary campaigns, but be advised: anything of that nature will likely be related to foreign/Russian interference and intended to divide the Democratic Party and the vote. The best advice, always, is to follow Hillary’s lead. Right now she is quietly meeting with potential Democratic candidates, one of whom may become a presumptive nominee in about 18 months. At that point, she will endorse and very probably campaign her heart out. That is the Hillary we know.

(Page note: It took six days into 2019 for 2020 Primaries and the 2020 Election to have tags and categories here. Pretty much what I had predicted.)

 

 

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