Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton does not plan to fade into the woodwork following her 2016 loss to President Donald J. Trump. Instead, she plans to re-enter politics in 2018, but in a quiet way, and not as a candidate.
Since her second loss in a presidential race, Clinton has remained in the public eye. She often weighs in on political and social issues, and according to The Washington Post, people still stand in long lines to score a selfie with the former secretay of state.
For the 2018 midterms, Clinton is reportedly planning a “discreet” political comeback, and plans to use her “star power” to win minority votes.
The Post reports: Her emerging 2018 strategy, according to more than a dozen friends and advisers familiar with her plans, is to leverage the star power she retains in some Democratic circles on behalf of select candidates while remaining sufficiently below the radar to avoid becoming a useful target for Republicans seeking to rile up their base.
Most likely, they said, Clinton will attempt to help Democratic candidates who have a history of supporting her and her family, and expending her political capital in a number of the 23 congressional districts she won in 2016 but are now held by a Republican. Lending a hand to Democrats organizing at a grass-roots level is a priority, they added.
“She’s not going to be up front,” said Jaime Harrison, a former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party and an associate chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Harrison said Clinton told him in December that she was committed to turning out core blocs in the party, such as African Americans and Latinos. “She’s saying, ‘Listen, I’m no longer running but we need these groups to be strong and people to vote.’ ”