With the 2016 presidential election over and done, many of us are wondering what’s next for Hillary Clinton. Sadly, for her most ardent supporters, what Virginia’s Gov. Terry McAuliffe had to share was not good news.
In an interview with Washington, DC’s WTOP radio show, “Ask the Governor,” the host asked how Hillary Clinton’s spirits are holding up. The long-time friend and ally of both Clintons replied:
‘I mean, this is hard on anybody. I mean, can you imagine having to go through this? I’ve had many conversations with the Clinton family. We’re friends. It’s hard, very tough. I think on Election Day everybody felt pretty good. I think the Trump campaign thought they were gonna lose. And you know, this is what happens in elections.’
Then came the next question: Are Bill and Hillary Clinton finally done with politics? McAuliffe’s answer likely crushed the hopes of anyone hoping Hillary Clinton might run again in 2020.
‘I think so, sure. I don’t think Hillary has any interest in running again. I’ll let her speak for herself. I haven’t asked her that. I think the president’s [Bill Clinton] probably going to go back, working on all the good deeds he’s done before in helping people around the globe. You know, there are elections. We’ve got to move forward. As governor of Virginia, I’ve got to move forward.’
As The Washington Post explains, Terry McAuliffe likely knows what he’s talking about.
‘Before becoming governor, McAuliffe spent decades in the orbit of Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, serving as a record-breaking fundraiser, confidant and political ally. He was chairman of Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign and worked to deliver Virginia for her this year. She carried the state by five points.’
This may be for the best. In 2015, Hillary Clinton polled as Gallup’s annual Most Admired Woman for a record 20th year in a row. Yet her appeal never seems to follow her onto the campaign trail. Despite winning the popular vote by more than 2.5 million, Hillary Clinton was unable to win over voters in the crucial Rust Belt swing states she needed.
This long-time feminist and trailblazer helped make it possible for us to envision a woman as president of the U.S. Alas, Hillary Clinton was the wrong candidate at the wrong time: Her decades of forging the alliances and making the compromises required to “get things done” made her an insider in an outsider’s election cycle.
But just because Hillary Clinton’s likely done with politics doesn’t mean she’s done. She still has lots of star power, plenty of causes to promote, and much work to do around the world through the Clinton Foundation. On Wednesday, she made a surprise appearance at the annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball to give a speech and honor her friend Katy Perry with a humanitarian award.
Watch: Hillary Clinton delivers surprise speech at UNICEF event.
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