On New Years Eve, veteran jouranlist Todd S. Purdum authored an essay for Politico magazine titled “The death of Clintonism.” That report of Clintonism’s death may have been greatly exaggerated.
According to Newsmax:
Barely two months after Hillary Clinton lost the presidency to Donald Trump, she is being urged by major Democratic donors and leaders to make a bid for New York City’s mayor and challenge incumbent Bill de Blasio….
“She’s talking about it,” a former city Democratic elected official admitted to Newsmax over the weekend, saying the idea has not been dismissed by the former first lady’s inner circle.
He and other sources say Clinton is being pushed to run by Democrats dissatisfied over de Blasio’s mayoralty.
“If she ran, she’d win,” another source with deep ties to the Democratic and media establishment said.
Veteran New York Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf told Newsmax that Clinton “would be a terrific candidate for mayor.”
“She is wildly popular among New Yorkers — so much so that were she to file, de Blasio would have to file his retirement papers on the same day.”
Beating de Blasio would be easy for any Democrat and, at this point, most Republicans as well. A Quinnipiac University poll released in November found that 49% of New York City voters felt he does not deserve reelection as against only 39% who do.
But as Hot Air’s Allahpundit points out, Clinton “would have universal name recognition, all the Wall Street money she could want … and maybe a sympathy push from some Democratic voters.” Then again, as he also notes, Clinton is a terrible politician. Many pundits believe she lost the presidency to the one candidate liberals were sure she could beat because she ran a lousy campaign.