Hillary Clinton, former secretary of State, has been playing coy for months over whether she will or won’t enter the 2020 race for the Democratic nomination.
She has let the field solidify into top and lesser tiers — and no doubt watches spellbound as frontrunner Joe Biden, the former vice president, stumbles from gaffe to gaffe.
Clinton, her hold on the Democratic National Committee and state parties intact, knows if she enters, she would immediately go to the top tier.
However, there is another generation of people exemplified by Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and tech mogul Andrew Yang who would resent her rise from the political grave.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would resent her as well for different reasons.
And Sen. Elizabeth Warrens (D-Mass.) must realize that Clinton is a dagger directly pointed at her candidacy.
But let’s say for the sake of crystal-ball maintenance that Hillary Clinton would surmount all of the hurdles and once more gain the Democrat nod to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 general election.
What would it look like? To quote Mr. T in “Rocky III,” “Pain.”
The tears have not yet dried for many people from that schadenfreude-filled night at the Javits Center in New York City of November 2016 when the dream of a Hillary Clinton White House ascension went up in smoke.
The Clinton team would be out for vengeance with the fire of a thought-to-be-usurped crown.
This time, the group may even take the advice of their best analyst and operative, former President Bill Clinton, and not ignore the white working class vote in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan.
If she had paid typical Democrat attention to that voting bloc in 2016, Hillary Clinton might be president today.
As such, she may run to the cultural middle with a wink and a nod to her far-Left base.
However, with the economy booming and the nation at peace — the two main points voters look to in their decisions about voting for president — she would likely be reduced again to campaigning almost solely against Donald Trump, the man and the president.
She would use the impeachment push, the discredited Russian hoax, the Ukrainian phone call, and probably some leftover 2016 tropes — all to hit Trump hard.
But voters have heard this from the Dems for over three years now — and they still have not seriously soured on President Donald Trump.
There are also questions about her campaign stamina and health. This analyst thinks that if she does get in at a late date, it was a preprogrammed move to save her energy and health from the grueling early campaign schedule.
For his part, the president could — and will, no matter whom the Dems choose — campaign on his economic and national security record.
As his energy is buoyant and his health is said to be fine, both would be advantages against Clinton.
The debates would be great political theater because both sides less than cordially loathe each other.
Also, given upcoming revelations from the Horowitz report and the Durham investigation, Trump may have a bit of mud to sling himself.
The rematch would be more than a test of candidates, though. It would be another battle in the consistent crucible that pits traditional, everyday Americans backing President Trump vs. the coastal pseudo-elites that dance to the Clinton tune.
At this early point, any outcome cannot be legitimately called.
But there will be, as before, political blood on the floor when it is temporarily over until the next election.