Hillary Wonders If There's an Opening in 2020 Field
But even as she offers supportive words, Mrs. Clinton has given the impression that she harbors a faint hope she could still become president one day. In private conversations, she occasionally muses about an opening, according to some who have spoken with her, sounding more wistful than realistic.
There are no actual signs Mrs. Clinton is pursuing a campaign. Her former campaign chairman, John Podesta, said flatly weeks ago she was not running. Mr. Merrill declined to comment on her plans, pointing to her remarks last fall when she twice said “no” about wanting to run again before adding, “Well, I’d like to be president.”
While it's possible, under a perfect storm scenario, to imagine Mrs. Clinton winning the primary – the toxicity between her establishment cronies and the Sanders wing of the Democratic Party has only gotten worse. Her path to victory in a general election is somehow worse than 2016.