• It Had to Happen: Sudden Buzz Arising for a Hillary 2020 Effort

    Surge Summary: Democratic hopes for a 2020 White House win seem to be in turmoil. In the face of a weak field of choices, former First Lady Hillary Clinton and other high-profile Democrats are reportedly poised to enter the race if necessary. Meanwhile, the GOP would be feckless to assume anything.

    Hillary Clinton has been insisting she’s not running for president again, this time around, correct?  Newser’s John Johnson reports she’s said so herself.

    Yet …

    Tuesday’s Drudge Report featured a lead headline announcing, “Dem Halloween: Hillary Leaves Door Open.”

    The headline links to the American Mirror, which has a story about what Clinton didn’t say at a recent forum in Portland. When discussing the Democratic field, she said: “All that matters is that we win. I hate to be so, you know, simplistic about it. We have to nominate … the best …,” which is when an audience member shouted, “You!” Clinton did not shut down the idea. She smiled and laughed and said, “Oh, my. Well, thank you.” (Watch video of her answer here.)

    That’s not the only tidbit generating some Clinton buzz. The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin reports that Clinton (as well as Michael Bloomberg) has recently confided to people privately she would consider running if she thought she could win and if there were an obvious opening.

    Translation: If Joe Biden dropped out or floundered in the polls. Sources tell Martin that she shares concerns about Biden as well as whether Elizabeth Warren is too liberal. All in all, though, Martin thinks the chances of her running are “remote.” (Clinton has recently been tangling with Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard.)

    Meanwhile, National Review’s Mairead McArdle tells us some “establishment Democratic donors” have been speculating about what a late presidential bid by the former first lady and Senator from New York would mean for the 2020 race.

    At a recent dinner in Manhattan’s Whitby Hotel, several high-dollar donors also mused about whether power players like Michelle Obama or former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg could be convinced to throw their hat into the crowded Democratic primary, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

    Along with Clinton and Bloomberg, Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder, former Secretary of State John Kerry, former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, and Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio have also considered entering the contest —  but are unlikely to do so at this juncture.

    “There’s more anxiety than ever,” said Brown’s wife, nationally syndicated columnist Connie Schultz. “We’re both getting the calls. I’ve been surprised by some who’ve called me.”

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    The nervousness comes amid Democratic donors’ frustration with the current array of candidates and increasing doubts that any are suitable individually as the party’s nominee.

    Former frontrunner Joe Biden had once enjoyed a sizable lead over the other White House hopefuls, but that advantage is now gone. Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren has now passed him in several polls. That aside, worried donors have expressed concerns that even if Warren manages to seize the nomination, her viability to challenge President Trump may not be the strongest owing to her far-left policy positions.

    Meanwhile, Biden’s campaign is hemorrhaging funding with only $9 million in cash on hand despite raising over $22 million since announcing his campaign in April. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who trails Warren, currently has about $34 million while Warren has $26 million.

    The Trump campaign and Republican National Committee, meanwhile, have raised over $300 million and have $158 million in cash on hand for his reelection, more than any other incumbent president at this stage of campaign season.

    Things, indeed, look wobbly at best for Democratic Oval Office aspirations. Of course, the Trump campaign and Republican Party would be foolish to assume anything; certainly to take a 2020 victory for granted. Seems to me it wasn’t that long ago that a certain candidate rose to victory in a presidential run after everyone dismissed the possibility of his winning as a pipe dream. Let’s see now, who was that again …?

    H/T: Newser/John Johnson

    H/T: National Review/Mairead McArdle

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