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Hillary in 2020? Not So Fast, Say These Key Voters

Despite the utterly upbeat predictions of former Clinton advisers, New Hampshire independents have a few points to share

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“Hillary Will Run Again,” read the headline of a recent opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal by former Clinton adviser Mark Penn and New York City Democratic politician Andrew Stein that went viral at blazing speed.

The authors, in their piece, contended that “Hillary 4.0” will, as a self-reinvented firebrand, easily capture the 2020 nomination of the Democrat Party by returning to the progressive and mid-’90s version of her political roots, which would include advocating (once again) for universal health care.

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Kellyanne Conway, senior counselor to President Donald Trump, summed up her feelings about Penn and Stein’s prognostication in a tweet that set conservative Twitter on fire the other day.

“Dear God, please, yes,” she tweeted, echoing the sentiments of the bulk of Trump supporters who would like nothing more than a 2020 replay of 2016’s winning campaign.

In an exclusive on “The Ingraham Angle” on Tuesday night, professional pollster Frank Luntz explored the notion of a “Clinton 4.0” run in 2020 with a group of independent New Hampshire voters.

And they weren’t having much of it, to put it mildly.

“Been there, done that,” said one member of the focus group. She explained why not a single person raised a hand in support of a Clinton 2020 run.

“Hillary’s day is done,” she added.

“We don’t need another Clinton in there,” said another member of the focus group.

“She’s been rejected twice now by the electorate … I think it would be a waste if she ran again,” noted a third.

Others described Hillary Clinton as metaphorically “old,” and one even likened her to oatmeal: It may be good for you, suggested this person, but it completely lacks charisma and pizzazz.

“She’ll be embarrassed if she does it,” said Luntz to Fox News host, advising against the prospect of Clinton’s taking a third stab at a presidential run.

“We don’t need another Clinton in there,” said a member of the focus group.

“What they really want is someone who they think can beat Trump,” Luntz explained.

Focus group members offered up the names of Beto O’Rourke, Michael Bloomberg, and Joe Biden as alternatives with more charisma who might have a better shot at winning in 2020 than Clinton — whom they collectively appeared to see as a has-been.

“Hillary has a 75 percent favorable [rating] among the Democratic base, 77 percent in the Gallup poll,” said Mark Penn, one of the authors of Sunday’s Wall Street Journal opinion piece, who also joined Ingraham on Tuesday night to react to Luntz’s focus group findings.

“Both Trump and [Clinton] have almost the same image. They have about 40 percent favorable and about 55 percent unfavorable in the country,” said Penn.

“She will run if she can run. She will say whatever she needs to say to win,” said former Clinton adviser Doug Schoen on the show, also noting that Clinton’s  lack of introspection and her blaming of the electorate for 2016’s loss does not bode well for her.

On Tuesday night, interestingly enough, Clinton received the inaugural In the Arena award from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

“This prestigious award is given to individuals who have demonstrated — with purpose, perseverance, courage, integrity and empathy — commitment to public service in service to the greater good,” the school said in its description of the award to ABC 3 WEAR TV.

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Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and regular contributor to LifeZette.

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