So, Hillary Clinton has now joined the Jill Stein quixotic recount effort in swing states including Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Campaign counsel Marc Elias announced that while the Clinton campaign had no evidence of hacking voting systems, they wanted to ensure the veracity of the vote: “Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.” Stein is infamously launching a recount effort in an obvious effort to raise money for the Green Party.
So, what’s the goal here?
Not to overturn election results, clearly. But Ron Fournier of National Journal raises another awful possibility: “Raising doubts about legitimacy of election, even w/out overturning result, is part of Clinton’s plans to keep her options open for 2020…Make some calls. You’ll hear the same from her confidants.”
This would be best case scenario for Republicans. Hillary was a historically bad candidate. She was the first female major party candidate in history, and she was unable to pull away from a man who was caught on tape talking about grabbing women by the “p***y”; her husband was a president with significant blue collar appeal, and she lost the blue collar white vote in historic fashion; she didn’t even match Barack Obama’s numbers among Hispanics after Trump openly said a judge of Mexican descent couldn’t judge his case fairly; she relied on Hollywood glitz rather than on-the-ground campaigning and paid for it with the White House.
Hillary for re-election in 2020 would be incredible for Republicans. She’d be back, she’d be twice as annoying (which is almost mathematically impossible), and she’d have half the enthusiasm (again, almost mathematically impossible). Meanwhile, she’d suck all the oxygen out of the room, preventing other candidates from rising. Her corruption would ensure that any future Trump corruption would be negated as a campaign issue. Republicans should pray for more Hillary.
In a way, Hillary has no choice. Donations to the Clinton Foundation have plummeted since her loss, since there’s no pay if there’s no pay-for-play. What happens to her if she merely becomes a failed presidential candidate? Hillary needs access in order to sell it.
So watch for a Hillary comeback. We can only hope and pray that once again, Hillary’s ego drives her to new lows.