What’s next for Hillary? Latest moves indicate Clinton won’t fade away–47jh.,b43
Hillary Clinton’s election defeat had many pundits declaring the Clinton era finally over. But a series of meetings with key Democratic donors and leaders – combined with still-fawning press coverage and even a quirky social media project driven by a longtime aide – are raising questions about what’s next.
A return to the speaking circuit? Advocacy work? Assuming the role of elder stateswoman? Or even, a 2020 presidential run?
“I think if she wants to run again, and my guess is she probably does, because they always do, then yes I think she’s doing a good job laying the groundwork,” Brad Bannon, Democratic strategist and CEO of Bannon Communications Research, told FoxNews.com.
But after a brief period of reclusion, Clinton is slowly but surely appearing more in public, and in ways that indicate a political and public future of some sort.
One clue that her team wants to keep its cachet with millennials is the viral sensation surrounding pictures of her spotted by her Chappaqua home — in the woods, at the grocery store and elsewhere. The Twitter account @HRCInTheWild was created to track those appearances; the account was set up by longtime Clinton aide Adam Parkhomenko.
Parkhomenko is no random staffer – he created the Ready for Hillary PAC to draft her to run and was director of grassroots engagement for the 2016 campaign. His Twitter account is littered with personal letters from Clinton and photos with the candidate. Parkhomenko is such a significant player in ClintonWorld that in January The Washington Post published a lengthy profile of him.
Parkhomenko told FoxNews.com the Twitter account has nothing to do with the campaign, which he says wound down in November. He says instead it was a request from supporters and he happily obliged.
If, as Parkhomenko says, it is a response to supporters, then it has been wildly successful. The account, which had only been up for a few weeks, has over 27,000 followers on Twitter as well as countless likes and retweets, as well as corresponding accounts on Facebook and Instagram.
Clinton indeed continues to enjoy favorable press coverage despite her upset defeat. Even as Time magazine declared Donald Trump its person of the year this week, the write-up on Clinton in the same edition compared her to “an American Moses.”
Clinton’s team also has not exited the limelight quietly.
Campaign manager Robby Mook last week blamed the loss in part on FBI Director James Comey’s decision to re-open the probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server. Meanwhile, Jennifer Palmieri, the campaign’s director of communication, accused Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway of having given a platform to white supremacists, and followed it up with a barbed op-ed in The Washington Post, calling on the Trump campaign to “own up” to how it won. (Conway told “Fox & Friends” on Friday that “a little self-awareness would do for a team that is blaming everybody but themselves.”)
Additionally, The New York Post reported Wednesday that Clinton is set to throw a party next week to thank her millionaire donors.
Some strategists believe the actions may point to at least a consideration of a run in 2020.
Parkhomenko said whatever Clinton chooses to do, “her supporters will be there to support her and help amplify her message. As we can see, she never sits still and I can’t imagine she will not remain active in whatever she way she thinks she can continue to have the most impact for good.”
What I’m hearing in conversations I’ve had with people in the Democratic Party is everyone really wants a new face.”
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