Hillary Clinton, the twice-failed presidential candidate and former Secretary of State, is reportedly stepping up her involvement in President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign. This move has sparked a mix of derision and skepticism from various quarters, particularly among conservative commentators and those critical of the Democratic establishment.
Clinton has been increasingly visible in support of Biden, despite not holding an official position in his campaign. Her recent activities include hosting a high-profile fundraiser and writing an op-ed in The Atlantic, defending Biden’s administration’s handling of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. NBC News has highlighted her potential advantages, such as her appeal to certain Democratic base demographics and her fundraising prowess. However, Clinton’s controversial political past and her loss to Donald Trump in 2016 have raised doubts about her effectiveness in bolstering Biden’s campaign against Trump, who remains a dominant figure in Republican primary polls.
Critics from the conservative side are particularly vocal in their skepticism. Doug Powers, in a post on X, mockingly noted the irony of bringing in someone “incredibly disliked in swing states” to help Biden. Margot Cleveland questioned whether the Democratic Party is genuinely aiming to win the presidency in 2024, given this move. Hannah Cox pointed out Clinton’s failure in her own presidential bid, casting doubt on her ability to aid Biden in his.
The skepticism isn’t limited to conservative voices. Figures like Mehdi Hasan, a former MSNBC host, sarcastically remarked on the odd choice of seeking help from the last Democrat who lost to Trump. Even Marianne Williamson, a Democratic primary contender against Biden, used the opportunity to advocate for progress rather than regression.
Clinton’s role in Biden’s campaign is a contentious issue. While her experience and support base are undeniable assets, her history of electoral defeat and divisive reputation pose significant risks. Her involvement is seen by many as a backward step for a party struggling with internal divisions and a challenging political landscape. For Republicans and critics of the Democratic establishment, Clinton’s increased presence in Biden’s campaign underscores the party’s reliance on old-guard figures and its detachment from the changing political dynamics in the U.S.