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Throwback Thursday To…Hillary?

- May 10, 2017

It Appears Hillary Clinton Is Angling To Reclaim Her Top Spot In The Democrat Party After Her Failed Presidential Bid Caused A "Leadership Vacuum"


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Hillary Clinton's loss in the 2016 presidential elections created a leadership vacuum in the Democrat Party.
  • Leaderless, the Democrat party has resorted to intraparty fighting as Democrats argue about what their party stands for.
  • Capitalizing on the turmoil, Clinton has invited herself back into the fold and has formed a new political group, in a move one person close to Clintons said was about "political power" and "retaining influence."

AFTER HER LOSS, HILLARY CLINTON LEFT A DIVIDED DEMOCRAT PARTY LEADERLESS AND UNCERTAIN OF WHAT IT STANDS FOR

Hillary Clinton's Failed Bid For The Presidency Has Been Cited As The Cause Of The "Power-Vacuum" In The Democratic Party

"Hillary Clinton's Stunning Loss Created A Power Vacuum At The Top Of The Party." "The Democratic Party Was Decapitated Overnight. Hillary Clinton's Stunning Loss To Donald Trump Created A Power Vacuum At The Top Of The Party And A Crisis Of Confidence Among Its Remaining Standard Bearers." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Hillary Clinton's Loss Triggers Leadership Crisis for Democrats," NBC News , 11/09/16)

Following Clinton's Loss, Democrats "Found Themselves Bereft Of High-Profile Leaders." "Many thought this election would leave the Republican Party reeling and divided. Instead, with Mrs. Clinton's loss, it was the Democrats who found themselves bereft of high-profile leaders, relegated to the sidelines of power in Washington and bracing for arguments over their party's philosophy and mission." (Adam Nagourney and Jonathan Martin, "Their Leadership Lean, Democrats Turn An Eye To Rebuilding," The New York Times , 11/09/16)

Democrats Have Not Come Up With An Alternative To Clinton To Take The Reins Of The Party

On April 28, 2017, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Would Not Give A Name When Asked Who The Leader Of The Democratic Party Is . KASIE HUNT: "Who is the leader of the Democratic Party? You? CHUCK SCHUMER: Well, we have a bunch of leaders. I certainly am the leader of the Senate and I try to help represent the Democratic Party, but we have a lot of very good voices." (Interview, MSNBC's Kasie Hunt, 04/28/17)

In A March 21, 2017 Interview, Representative Nancy Pelosi Would Not Name A Leader Of The Democratic Party. ANDERSON COOPER: "Who is the leader of the Democratic Party right now? NANCY PELOSI: Well, President Obama was the President of the United States until just a matter of weeks ago. I don't think that he can be dismissed as the leader of the Democratic Party. Hillary Clinton did not win the election, but a respected leader. But we have leaders for all different aspects of it. The Democratic Party is a congressional party and we have leaders in Congress. It is a gubernatorial party. COOPER: But on the state level, it is a party which has suffered tremendous losses in the last couple of years, you know, under President Obama. PELOSI: We have a plan to address that. COOPER: So there's not one standard bearer for the -- you see as the leader of the Democratic Party? PELOSI: We're not in the presidential time." (CNN's, "AC360," 03/21/17)

Joe Biden Admitted The Democrat Party Has "No Single Leader." "Biden acknowledged that the Democrats have had a hard time finding a direction after Hillary Clinton lost last month's president election to Donald Trump. 'Well, like after every presidential election where the party loses, there is no single leader,' Biden said on CNN's 'State of the Union.'" (Jessie Hellmann, "Biden: Obama, Pelosi, Schumer are the future leaders of Democratic Party," The Hill , 12/11/16)

Matromonaco, Who Previously Served As An Aide To President Obama, When Asked Whether Bernie Sanders Was The Leader Of The Democratic Party Said, "I Think If You Ask Bernie, He Would Say No." ERIN BURNETT: "Bernie Sanders is out there. Is he the leader of the Democratic Party? ALYSSA MASTROMONACO: Bernie? I mean, I think if you ask Bernie, he would say no. I think he even said he wasn't a Democratic the other day." (CNN's "Out Front," 04/21/17)

According To A Harvard- Harris Poll, 40 Percent Of Registered Voters Say The Democrat Party Has No Leader. "When registered voters were asked whom they view as the leader of the Democratic Party, 40 percent said it has no leader." (Jonathan Easley, "For Democrats, No Clear Leader," The Hill , 03/21/17)

Without A Leader, The Democrats Have Fractured Into A Divided Party

CNN Headline: "Democrats' 'Unity Tour' Is Highlighting Their Many Divisions." (Gregory Krieg, "Democrats' 'Unity Tour' Is Highlighting Their Many Divisions," CNN , 04/21/17)

VICE: Democrats "Cannot Simply Paper Over The Internal Divisions Exposed" During 2016 Democratic Primary Between Sen. Sanders And Hillary Clinton. "But the rancor both onstage and in the crowds indicate the party cannot simply paper over the internal divisions exposed during the Democratic primary battle last year between Sanders and Hillary Clinton." (Alex Thompson, "So Much For Unity," Vice , 04/20/17)

  • "Divisions Exposed By The Unity Tour…Go Well Beyond Personality Differences Of Perez And Sanders And Speak To A Fundamental Disagreement Over The Direction Of The Party." "The divisions exposed by the unity tour- which hits Salt Lake City on Friday and Mesa, Arizona, and Las Vegas on Saturday - go well beyond personality differences of Perez and Sanders and speak to a fundamental disagreement over the direction of the party." (Alex Thompson, "So Much For Unity," Vice , 04/20/17)

Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight Reports: "That Progressives Want The Party To Pivot To The Left On Economic Issues, In The Vein Of Bernie Sanders's Democratic Socialism. The Establishment Sees The 2016 Presidential Election Loss As A Failure Of Strategy And Message More Than A Flawed Platform." (Galen Druke and Clare Malone, "The Future Of The Democratic Party, According To The Bernie Sanders Wing," FiveThirtyEight , 02/16/17)

In February 2017, Sen. Sanders Called For A "Total Transformation" Of The Democratic Party. SANDERS: "'We need a total transformation. We have got to open up the party to working people, to young people, and make it crystal clear that the Democratic Party is going to take on Wall Street, it's going to take on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry, it's going to take on corporate America that is shutting down plants in this country and moving our jobs abroad." (CNN's, " State Of The Union ," 02/26/17)

  • Senator Bernie Sanders: "The Model Of The Democratic Party Is Failing." "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that the model of the Democratic Party is failing. 'I think what is clear to anyone who looks at where the Democratic Party today is, that the model of the Democratic Party is failing,' Sanders told CBS's 'Face the Nation.' Sanders cited President Trump's win, the GOP-controlled Congress, and Republican victories in state legislatures as reasons why Democrats are in trouble." (Mallory Shelbourne, "Sanders: Democratic Party's Model Is 'Failing,'" The Hill , 04/23/17)

Meanwhile, Tom Perez Told Think Progress That "Our Message Still Resonates When We Can Communicate It Effectively." "'Our message still resonates when we can communicate it effectively: Democrats are the party that brought you good jobs across America, that brought you Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security.'" (Alice Miranda Ollstein, "Tom Perez Wants To Lead A More Aggressive, More Local Democratic Party," Think Progress , 02/09/17)

LACKING A PARTY LEADER AND PLAGUED BY INTRAPARTY TURMOIL, HILLARY CLINTON HAS INVITED HERSELF BACK INTO THE FOLD

Major News Outlets And Political Pundits Initially Signaled That Hillary Clinton's 2016 Loss Extinguished Her Political Future

Leslie Lenkowsky: Hillary Clinton "Technically Has No Political Prospects Ahead Of Her." "'I would expect there will be much greater difficulties in fundraising for the [Clinton Foundation] organization,' Leslie Lenkowsky, a professor with Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, told CNBC in an interview. Hillary Clinton 'technically has no political prospects ahead of her. They're both important people, but dealing with a past president and future president were attractive to a number of donors,' Lenkowsky said." (Javier E. David, "Clinton Foundation Seen At A Crossroads After Hillary Clinton's Dashed White House Dreams," CNBC , 11/19/16)

"Hillary Clinton Ultimately Ended Her Political Career In A Small Hotel Ballroom With A White Plaster Ceiling." "But the candidate would not speak that night. On Wednesday morning, she was ahead in the popular vote, but had lost the presidency in the Electoral College. Hillary Clinton ultimately ended her political career in a small hotel ballroom with a white plaster ceiling." (Tamara Keith, "After 4 Decades Of Breaking Molds, Clinton Failed To Shatter The Ultimate Ceiling," National Public Radio , 11/11/16)

Despite The Fact That Some Are Writing Her Political Obituary, Clinton Is Retaining Campaign Staff From 2016, Starting A Political Action Committee, Publishing Books And Essays, And Planning To Return To Public Speaking

Clinton Is "Increasingly Stepping Back Into The Public Spotlight" While Her Party "Is Still Searching For Its Path Ahead." "The effort is starting to come together as its leader is increasingly stepping back into the public spotlight - and while her party is still searching for its path ahead." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Hillary Clinton To Launch Political Group As Soon As Next Week," Politico , 05/04/17)

"'[The Clintons] Want To Retain Influence Because That's What They Do,' Says One Insider." (William Cohan, "Inside Clintonworld, Insiders Are Agonizing About What Comes Next," Vanity Fair , 5/8/17)

Hillary Clinton Is Meeting With Donors, Recruiting A Board Of Directors, And Building "A New Political Group." "The former secretary of state is building a new political group to fund organizations working on the resistance to President Donald Trump's agenda, spending recent weeks in Washington, New York City, and Chappaqua, N.Y., meeting with donors and potential groups to invest in, and recruiting individuals for the group's board of directors, multiple people close to the two-time White House hopeful and people familiar with the group's planning told POLITICO." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Hillary Clinton To Launch Political Group As Soon As Next Week," Politico , 05/04/17)

  • Clinton Tapped Her Presidential Campaign's Finance Director To Bring Donors Into The Fold. "Clinton has been working with Dennis Cheng, her [presidential] campaign's finance director who was previously the Clinton Foundation's chief development officer, to bring donors into the fold." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Hillary Clinton To Launch Political Group As Soon As Next Week," Politico , 05/04/17)

A Person Close To The Clintons Said This Group Was About "Political Power" For The Clintons And "Retain[ing] Influence." "This, in some ways, would appear to cement the family's role as grandees and party patriarchs-forces above the fray, but very much involved in organizing it. 'This is about political power,' one person close to the Clintons affirmed. 'They want to retain influence. They want to build and expand their network." (William Cohan, "Inside Clintonworld, Insiders Are Agonizing About What Comes Next," Vanity Fair , 5/8/17)

Clinton Plans To Return To Paid Speaking. "Clinton also plans to return to paid speaking. The Harry Walker Agency, her speakers' bureau, has a page up inviting clients to 'Book Hillary Rodham Clinton.'" (Mike Allen, "Revealed: Hillary's Next Steps" Axios , 05/03/17)

However, Most Democrats Do Not Want Clinton As Their Standard-Bearer In 2020

A USA Today/Suffolk Poll Found That 62 Percent Of Democrats And Independent Say Clinton Should Not Run Again In 2020 With Only 23 Percent Saying They Would Be Excited About Her Campaign. "A majority of Democratic and independent voters made clear that they don't foresee Hillary Clinton in their 2020 vision of the presidential election, according to a USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday. Sixty-two percent of Democrats and independents surveyed said the twice-failed presidential candidate shouldn't mount another campaign in 2020, and only 23 percent would be excited by her campaign if she did." (Nolan D. McCaskill, "Poll: 62 Percent Of Democrats And Independents Don't Want Clinton To Run Again," Politico , 12/21/16)

According To A Harvard-Harris Poll, "The Democratic Party Has A Leadership Vacuum At The Top" With "Many Registered Voters Eager To Someone Who Is Not On The Scene Become The Party's Standard-Bearer In 2020." "The Democratic Party has a leadership vacuum at the top, with many registered voters eager to see someone who is not currently on the scene become the party's standard-bearer in 2020, according to a new Harvard-Harris Poll survey provided exclusively to The Hill." (Jonathan Easley, "For Democrats, No Clear Leader," The Hill , 03/21/17)

After The 2016 Elections, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Does Not Consider Hillary Clinton A Leader Of The Democratic Party. "When asked who the leaders of the Democratic Party are now, Sen. Bernie Sanders offered three names: Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Keith Ellison. He didn't include himself, despite being promoted to a new post within the party." (Daniel Strauss, "Sanders: Schumer, Pelosi and Ellison Are The Leaders Of The Democratic Party," Politico , 11/17/16)

Following The 2016 Elections, Bill Clinton's Former Aide, Paul Begala, "Acknowledged It Was Time For A New Set Of Democratic Leaders To Emerge." "Paul Begala, who helped Clinton win the White House in 1992 and worked this year for a political action committee backing his wife for president, acknowledged it was time for a new set of Democratic leaders to emerge." (Mark Z. Barabak, "Democrats ask themselves: Now what? Who'll lead the party from the wilderness, and how?" Los Angeles Times , 11/20/17)

The Democrat Party "Is Still Searching For A New Leader In Its Attempts To Pull Itself Together" But Clinton's Funds Is Not The "Fresh Start They Are Searching For." "The Democratic party is still searching for a new leader in its attempts to pull itself together, unfortunately, Clinton's funds will not provide them with the fresh start they are searching for." (Charlie May, Op-Ed, "'Onward Together': Hillary Clinton Reportedly Looking To Launch A New Political Group," Salon , 05/05/17)


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