Her public appearances since the election have been rare, but she recently hinted at a return. What role will she play in the Democratic Party’s future? Has her time passed?
In spite of the fact that her public appearances have been rare, wherever she goes Hillary Clinton still causes a stir. Fans ask for photographs and crowds stand for extended ovations.
Since her devastating election loss to Donald Trump, Clinton has largely resisted the spotlight but that doesn’t mean she will never return to public life.
“I am ready to come out of the woods,” Clinton said at the Society of Irish Women’s annual St Patrick’s Day dinner. She said she was ready “to help shine a light on what is already happening around kitchen tables, at dinners like this, to help draw strength that will enable everybody to keep going.”
Is that a sign that she plans to come back?
For decades, Bill and Hillary Clinton have been central figures in the politics of the Democratic Party. Since Hillary’s loss, Democrats have been divided over what her role in the party should be. Some argue that her time has passed, and that the party’s energy is with the wing of the party loyal to Bernie Sanders.
But her supporters who are now active in the opposition movement are certain that she has a future in the Democratic Party, even if it is not as a candidate.
For many women she is living proof that women really do have to be 10 times better and work 10 times harder to get half as far. For many man it is still a shock that a woman so qualified, lost to a man so tragically unqualified.
While Clinton is a source of inspiration for some Democrats, for others she is a representative of the old guard. She carefully avoided inserting herself into the deliberations over how the party should move forward in the Trump era.
Clinton’s plans, and especially her political ambitions, will continue to be a source of speculation and intrigue. How will Clinton fit into this new political moment? Will she run again in 2020?
At the moment, Clinton is working on a book of personal essays that is scheduled for publication in the fall. The book, which is still untitled, will include “stories from her life, up to and including her experiences in the 2016 presidential campaign” and will be inspired by quotations she’s collected over the past decades, according to the publisher.
But what else does she have in store? A spokesman for Clinton said that in the immediate future her plans include helping causes she believes in and writing. It’s hard to believe that’s her only ambition.
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