November 12, 2018

The votes (real or “found”) haven’t even all been counted yet in the 2018 midterm election travesty, and there’s already a new topic of conversation; namely, who’s going to run for President in 2020?


In a way, I hate to even bring up 2020 right now, thinking it’s enough to make us all reach for the Pepto Bismol.  Don’t we ever get a break?  But Mark Penn and Andrew Stein have a new piece in the Wall Street Journal predicting that one person definitely will be running against President Trump.  It will be a crowded field, to be sure, but there’s one candidate who absolutely won’t be daunted by that and who, according to them, will win the nomination.

It’s Hillary Clinton.


I’ll pause for a moment to let you run and take a swig from that big bottle of Pepto.  Okay, are you back?  Mark Penn, as you probably know, was a longtime pollster and senior advisor to Bill and Hillary Clinton, all the way from 1995, when Bill was setting up for his re-election bid, to 2008, when Hillary ran the first time.  Andrew Stein is a former Manhattan borough president and president of the New York City Council.  They recommend that we not take Hillary seriously when she says she’s not running in 2020, pointing out that she’s well aware both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama said they weren’t running until they were.  They say she may enter the race late, perhaps even skipping Iowa, but that “Hillary 4.0” will be upon us in time for the election, one way or another.

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Good lord.  She’s like the title of that old Saturday Night Live sketch –- back when that show could be actually funny –- “The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave.”  (cue horror movie scream)


They say that not only will she run, but she will “easily” capture the nomination after reinventing herself once again, this time as the kind of leftist firebrand that today’s Democrats want.  They describe this metamorphosis as more of a case of her coming full circle, back to the fiery liberal who pushed government-run health care –- remember Hillarycare, complete with its own convenient little card? –- in 1994.  I would suggest that even back then, she was trying to keep under wraps just how far left she had been in her college and law school days as “Hillary Rodham.”  This early Hillary is finally free to “come out,” as Democrats aspiring to high office are finally revealing how far-left they are.  In fact, extreme leftism seems to be a prerequisite.

When Hillary first ran for the Senate in 1999 (strategically choosing New York; it should be noted that she and Bill bought the house in Chappaqua to establish residence), her platform sounded downright Republican:  support for a balanced budget, the death penalty and incremental health care reform.  She was a Methodist who supported Israel and the Iraq war, and was an Iran hard-liner.  Penn and Stein call this version “Hillary 2.0” --- positioning herself as a moderate Democrat, promising to work for New York and to build on the success of her positive “It Takes A Village” approach.  At that time, she was well served by this centrist version of herself and was easily re-elected to the Senate in 2006.


But she was not well served by it in her first race for the Presidency in 2008, when Obama suddenly came on the scene.  Progressives abandoned her.  Blacks, of course, abandoned her.  And even though she got more primary votes than Obama did, he dominated in states with the caucus system --- some said he took them over --- and swung those party activists his way to become the nominee.


She served as secretary of state under Obama but was obviously plotting her comeback.  (I would add that her longterm political goals surely had a lot to do with the vast millions brought in by the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative, and also with her secretiveness concerning all of her email communications.  She knew even then that, given her activities, transparency was not going to be her friend.)  Penn and Stein say that this is the period when “Hillary 3.0” evolved; she positioned herself as a social and cultural progressive like Obama to try to take the baton in 2016.  When socialist Bernie Sanders dared to enter the primaries against her, she moved herself farther left.  (I would also add that thanks to the exposure of hacked and/or leaked emails, we know that she was working with the DNC to guard the nomination for herself.)


Penn and Stein argue that this more progressive version of Hillary won her the Democratic primary but hurt her against Trump.  She won the “coastal elites” who had eluded her in 2008, but she lost the support of many white working-class voters who might have supported a more moderate Hillary.  She had the support of the New York Times –- which had abandoned her in 2008 for Obama –- but she lost the support of Midwest voters.  Her failure to even campaign in key Midwestern states while taking their votes for granted did not help her, either.


But Hillary didn’t understand WHAT HAPPENED, even though she wrote a book by that title.  She blamed a lot of things, mostly Russia, and the media took up the charge.  So did House and Senate Democrats and even top FBI officials.  Willfully misunderstanding the purpose of the Electoral College, she still believes that since she won the popular vote, she was robbed and is the rightful President.  According to Penn and Stein, “she will not allow this humiliating loss at the hands of an amateur to end the story of her career.”  She probably won’t be one of the first to announce, but announce she will.

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This will be “Hillary 4.0.”  Hillary the avenger.  Hillary “the strong, partisan, left-leaning and all-Democrat –- the one with the guts, experience and steely-eyed determination to defeat Mr. Trump.”  They say her model for this comeback campaign will be, ironically, Richard Nixon in his comeback from losing to John F. Kennedy in 1960 and winning the Presidency in 1968.  The plan will be to mobilize an army of professional women behind her, leveraging her social networks and raking in donations.  (She does know how to do that.)  She’ll be running on gun control and universal health care.


They also say she’ll be capitalizing on the #MeToo movement, though one has to wonder if voters have memories THAT short.  It was quite recently that Hillary had the nerve to weigh in on the Bill-and-Monica affair, no longer denying it (because she can’t) but dismissing it as not an abuse of power because Monica “was an adult.”  I believe that most members of #MeToo would strongly disagree with that assessment, and Monica herself is on the record as having done so.


Penn and Stein don’t mention a couple of major factors.  First, Hillary still appears to be concealing health problems of some kind, perhaps serious.  She’ll be well into her seventies, too.  Some leaders in their seventies --- Donald Trump, for example --- seem to have boundless energy.  It seems all she can do to walk up a few steps.


Also, for her to remain viable, the lid will have to be sealed on the investigations into Hillary’s activities, most notably her illegal email server and the coordination of her State Department activities with Clinton Global Initiative fundraising.  Of course, the newly Democratic House will be doing all it can to accomplish that.  Adam Schiff, chairman-in-waiting of the House Intelligence Committee, has already said he wants to close investigations that were started to examine “deep state” corruption that affected the 2016 election.  In an editorial on Friday, the Wall Street Journal said this “puts an additional onus on Mr. Trump to declassify key FBI and Justice documents sought by Mr. Nunes and other House investigators before Mr. Schiff buries the truth.”  They were referring primarily to documents relating to Trump and the FISA applications, but at some point Trump needs to release all the Hillary material, too.  Until then, we’ll all be chugging the Pepto.



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  • Gloria Grace Prosper

    11/19/2018 11:03 AM

    She...just...won't...go...away..........ever. The gift that keeps on giving...Argh!

  • Gary Stilwell

    11/13/2018 08:11 PM

    Most of your assessments are true.---
    You, however FAIL to describe the actions of this person involving the deaths of 4 Americans in Bengazi---this person had EVERY instance of involvement--she essentially caused the deaths of our people(and that is in addition to the President at the time)
    I ask you, why is this waste of skin not in jail??????

  • Deborah McCallum

    11/13/2018 10:12 AM

    The media buy in to concentrating on election to election is depressing in itself. Those, like you, who are more concerned about specific goals and issues needing to be addressed to make /keep America great must dedicate their platforms to focus on those issues and goals versus the "scorecard" of performance of elected Congress members and our President's efforts on behalf of the Country. Those scores, if the drum beat is loud enough, will remind anx help focus voters on what is important in the 2020 election.

  • Carol Kelly

    11/13/2018 10:11 AM

    If Hillary becomes too frail to campaign for the Presidency, no problem since Chelsea will go to bat in her place, and Grandma Hillary can still run interference from her rocking chair. While reading her version of the Constitution/Declaration of Independence to the grandkids.
    I still believe the United/divided States have been given an 8-year reprieve, and fully expect President Trump to win again in 2 years.

    And when God Almighty has the last Word, we'll all see clearer in 2020!!

  • Linda Orf

    11/13/2018 09:31 AM

    I'm not sure Hillary has the physical strength and stamina to run again. Remember her secret service (or whomever they were) lifting her up stairs, keeping her from falling? Was that just a temporary health problem or a long term health problem that manifests when she pushes herself physically and mentally? As for me and my house, we support a strong tireless president and not a weak feeble unable to stand without help president. (Even if she did have policies I agreed with, which she does not)

  • Sally Glenn

    11/13/2018 02:37 AM

    Thanks for being such a sane and honest man! Love your analysis of the Hillary transformer! My husband and I have always loved your take on things (politics). Your daughter, Sarah, is an amazing woman who can handle so much pressure! May God continue to give you both the strength and wisdom you both possess! Much respect, and we pray the deep state corruption will soon be exposed and people will come to justice soon, especially the Clintons and Obama. God bless you!

  • Cheryl Schmitt

    11/12/2018 10:38 PM

    Yours is one of only a few where I believe I get true news. I simply do not understand how ANYONE could vote for her and why she is not in jail. I don’t think I can tolerate another Hilary campaign!

  • William and Doris Huston

    11/12/2018 10:30 PM

    Governor, What has happened to the investigation the guy in Utah was doing? What's happening with all the documents that need to be examined before the Dems take over the House? What is happening with all the dirt they have already found on her, Obama, and all the others? Why isn't anybody moving on these? Does no one care for what the USA needs? Does anyone care what THE PEOPLE want? Please clarify on these. Thank you!

  • Phyllis Beasley

    11/12/2018 09:07 PM

    I get to vote against her again! Such fun!

  • Jayne Scott

    11/12/2018 08:24 PM

    We wouldn’t have to ever hear from Hillary Clinton if our legal system would file prosecution charges on her & then follow up by putting her in jail where she & all the little ”Obamaians” belong!!

  • Ruby Myers

    11/12/2018 08:16 PM

    I wish Hillary would disappear on a desert island somewhere. The Democrats are really scraping the bottom of the barrel if they are going to support her run for president.

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    11/12/2018 07:52 PM

    Alot will happen in the next 2 years. Many are deserting the Democratic party, and more will leave as President Trump delivers on more promises. And he will deliver because he is passionately committed to a noble purpose. Hillary, on the other hand, is falling apart. If she is not in prison by the end of 2019, and can stand without falling, barking or zoning out, she is headed for more humiliation. I'm not saying she was humiliated for losing 2 presidential elections; many laudable men have lost to far less worthy candidates. She will be humiliated because the name "Hillary Clinton" has become a punchline. She is like that friend everyone dreads, the one who never knows when to leave.

  • Lynn Taylor

    11/12/2018 07:50 PM

    Please! I’ll need more than Pepto! I don’t want our country to be run by Hillary and all she represents: corruption, greed, dishonesty, and power mongering. We’ll be ruined & we’ll be global. No borders and we will not be a sovereign country. Not good. Scary!!!

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    11/12/2018 07:22 PM

    Hillary is like that pesky gnat that no matter how many times you swat it it just keeps coming back. She might be able to get the 70 million from Beto for her campaign expenses, but God help us if she gets in. As far as the missing and then found votes, I wonder how many states have that problem. Wish Oregon could get a recheck !

  • Patricia McMahon

    11/12/2018 06:17 PM

    For Heaven's Sake! Hillary Go Away Already! You didn't win. Trump is President. GET OVER YOURSELF. We, the People, don't want you in the White House! What is this some sort of Curse
    placed on America? GO AWAY! WE DON'T WANT YOU!

  • Ginger Heiderscheidt

    11/12/2018 05:39 PM

    God help us all if Hillary runs again, pray hard is all I can say!

  • Beverly Rider

    11/12/2018 04:51 PM

    The lies, the embarrassment, the mystery illness, the debacle of the last race...and she is going to run again ? America is so tired of this mess ! I do not know one single person that would even vote for her. I guess this is why they are flooding this Country with illegals so she can win in 2020. She will be held up as their Savior by the left and all of them will vote for her. We have already seen how easy it is to get fake voter registrations to vote. We have already seen the hiding of ballots, the mystery boxes of ballots being loaded and unloaded from trucks, the videos of the Florida Official saying they have many illegals voting in the midterms. With all the money the Democrats have behind them they are liking to pull it off and get her elected. How do the American people stop this ?

  • joseph orsini

    11/12/2018 04:46 PM

    "Investigations" - How about a new AG sending the FBI to get into those Dems who chair committees investigating Trump to see what mischief THEY have been up to? Trey Gowdy may be interested - hopefully!

  • Phillip M Hotchkiss

    11/12/2018 04:42 PM

    Although I am ecstatic that the elections are over and the unceasing ads have stopped, almost looking forward to the Democrats eating themselves alive in the primaries.

  • KT

    11/12/2018 03:49 PM

    MAY.16,2009-CRIMINAL RECORD-MARICOPA COUNTY-JUSTICE COURTS(ARIZONA) Source:Maricopa County-JusticeCourtsSourceState:ArizonaFirst Name: Kyrsten Sinema Last Name:SinemaGender:FemaleAge:42 Date of Birth:July 12,1976 Address:335 W Windsor Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1032 Sex Offender: No May. 16, 2009-Offense-Speed/ReasonableandPrudent-PE:Offense Date:May.16,2009 ChargesFiled DateJul.10,2009 Crime Location:Maricopa,Arizona Crime Type:Traffic OffenseCode:28-701A.PE Offense Description:Speed/Reasonable and Prudent-PEDegree Of Offense:T1 Counts:1 Case Type:Civil Traffic Case Number:CT2009422430 Court Name:South Mountain Justice Court Disposition:12-Bailor DepositGivenandDeclaredForfeited Disposition Date:Jan.4,2010Status:Adjudicated StatusDate:Dec.14,2009Received Date:Sep.18,2018

    JAN. 11, 2006-CRIMINAL RECORD-ADMIN OFFICE OF COURTS (ARIZONA) Source: Admin Office Of Courts Source State: Arizona First Name: KyrstenSinemaLastName:SinemaGender:Female Age:42 Date of Birth:July 12,1976 Address:335WWindsorAve,Phoenix,AZ85003 Sex Offender: No Jan. 11, 2006-Charges Filed-Speed> Reasonable/Prudent;Avoid Coll:Charges Filed Date:Jan. 11, 2006 Crime Location:Maricopa, Arizona Crime Type:TrafficCharge Category:Criminal/TrafficOffense Description :Speed >Reasonable/Prudent;Avoid Coll Counts:1CaseType:Traffic CaseNumber:18238430 Court Name: Phoenix Municipal CourtDisposition:Judgment Guilty/a Judgment of Responsibility And/or a Sentence Has BeenImposed Disposition Date: Feb.13, 2006

    JUL. 2, 2009-CRIMINAL RECORD-ADMIN OFFICE OF COURTS(ARIZONA)Source:AdminOfficeOfCourtsSourceState:ArizonaFirst Name:KyrstenSinemaLastName:SinemaGender:FemaleAge: 42Date of Birth: July 12,1976Address:335 W Windsor Ave, Phoenix, AZ85003Sex Offender:NoEthnicity:NoneJul. 2, 2009-Charges Filed-MoreThan 65 in 55 Urban Area:Charges Filed Date:Jul. 2, 2009Crime Location:Maricopa, ArizonaCrime Type:TrafficCharge Category:Criminal/TrafficOffense Description:More Than 65 in 55 UrbanAreaCounts:1Case Type:TrafficCase Number:24798886CourtName:Eloy Justice CourtDisposition:State Pho Enf Jdgm Sent IMDisposition Date:Apr. 22, 2010

    DEC. 1, 2009-CRIMINAL RECORD-ADMIN OFFICE OF COURTS (ARIZONA)Source: Admin Office OfCourtsSource State: ArizonaFirstName:KyrstenSinemaLastName:SinemaGender:FemaleAge:42Date of Birth:July 12,1976Address:335 W Windsor Ave,Phoenix, AZ85003Sex Offender:NoEthnicity:NoneDec. 1, 2009-Charges Filed-LocalCharge:Charges Filed Date:Dec. 1, 2009Crime Location:Yavapai, Arizona
    Crime Type:Traffic Charge Category:Criminal/Traffic Offense Description:Local Charge Counts: 1 Case Type:Traffic Case Number:26054349 Court Name: Prescott Valley Municipal Court Disposition:Complaint Dismissed by Court Disposition Date: Mar. 16, 2010

    MAR. 17, 2010-CRIMINAL RECORD -ADMIN OFFICE OF COURTS (ARIZONA) Source:Admin Office Of Courts Source State:Arizona First Name:KyrstenSinema Last Name:Sinema Gender: Female Age:42Date of Birth: July 12,1976 Address:335 W Windsor Ave, Phoenix, AZ85003 Sex Offender: No Mar. 17, 2010-Charges Filed-Speed> Reasonable/ Prudent;Avoid Coll: Charges Filed Date:Mar. 17, 2010 Crime Location:Maricopa, ArizonaCrime Type:TrafficCharge Category:Criminal/TrafficOffense Description:Speed>Reasonable/Prudent; Avoid Coll Counts:1 Case Type:TrafficCase Number:26764995 Court Name:Phoenix Municipal CourtDisposition:Plea Guilty/a Judgment of Responsibility And/or a Sentence Has BeenImposedisposition Date:Mar. 18, 2010

    OCT. 13, 2010-CRIMINAL RECORD-ADMIN OFFICE OF COURTS (ARIZONA)Source: Admin Office OfCourtsSource State: ArizonaFirst Name:KyrstenSinemaLast Name:SinemaGender: FemaleAge: 42 Date of Birth: July 12,1976Address: 335 W Windsor Ave, Phoenix, AZ85003Sex Offender: NoEthnicity:None Oct. 13, 2010-Charges Filed-LocalCharge: Charges Filed Date: Oct. 13, 2010 Crime Location:Yavapai, Arizona Crime Type: Traffic Charge Category: Criminal/Traffic Offense Description: Local ChargeCounts:POSSIBLE CRIMINAL RECORDS 1Case Type:Traffic Case Number:28064102 Court Name:Prescott Valley MunicipalCourt Disposition: Complaint Dismissed by Court Disposition Date:Feb. 7, 2011

    OCT. 5, 2012 - CRIMINAL RECORD - AZ ADMIN OFFICE OF COURTS (ARIZONA) Source: AZ Admin Office Of Courts Source State: Arizona First Name: Kyrsten Sinema Last Name: Sinema Gender: Female Address: 3740 N 12th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014 Sex Offender: No Oct. 5, 2012 - Charges Filed - School
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  • Thomas R Beckwith

    11/12/2018 03:08 PM

    "Running With Hillary Clinton" Reminds me of a great 1989 movie of the same genre... "Weekend at Bernie's" Look it up.

  • Donna Caspari

    11/12/2018 02:47 PM

    There is not enough Pepto Bismol in the world to save us from the internal excruciation (is that even a word?) of hearing that H.C. will again be running against the Trump Man in 2020. The only good thing to come of it might be that she will continue digging her own grave by being the harsh, negative, ridiculous-sounding broken record that she is, while our President continues to make America great again.

  • Stephen Russell

    11/12/2018 02:42 PM

    Voter fraud outcome:
    Martial law used,
    Federalize the election process IE Venezula 2??
    Civil War & Rev 2.

    Noticed so much fraud this election, portend for 2020??
    Seen only Gov Abbott to counter in TX.
    No action seen elsewhere.
    Whole thing is planned.
    & Nationwide.
    & Hillary wants to use this to claim White House??

    I can see the DNC Hqs as a burning relic IF riots ensue

  • Linda Olds

    11/12/2018 02:25 PM

    I don't know how Hillary can win, but stranger things have happened. The #metoo situation seems to be pushing women especially to vote for women, even someone like Hillary, who only believes women if they're not accusing her husband.
    The result of the midterm election seems to show that a substantial number of people believe Democrats' lies about Kavanaugh, Trump, and other conservatives.
    I may need something stronger than Pepto-Bismol!

  • Ken Smith

    11/12/2018 01:49 PM

    Pepto hell... Pass me the Crown Royal !!!!!