Nobody asked for it, but Hillary Clinton is apparently — back by unpopular demand.Following her defeat to Donald Trump, she went off the grid for the most part. She was spotted in the Chappaqua woods two days after the loss, and posed for a photo with a women who “just happened” to bump into her (who later turned out to have worked for Hillary’s campaign).
Since then, we’ve seen countless “inside sources” say that Hillary is preparing for a mayoral run in New York City, not preparing to run, or is 50/50 when it comes to whether or not she’ll run. Coin-toss odds are probably the most accurate in this case.Who knows if a political run is in her future, but a reappearance in public life is.
According to USA Today: Hillary Clinton said Friday she’s “ready to come out of the woods” and help Americans find common ground.Clinton’s gradual return to the public spotlight following her presidential election loss continued with a St. Patrick’s Day speech in her late father’s Pennsylvania hometown of Scranton.
“I’m like a lot of my friends right now, I have a hard time watching the news,” Clinton told an Irish women’s group.
But she urged a divided country to work together to solve problems, recalling how, as first lady, she met with female leaders working to bring peace to Northern Ireland.“I do not believe that we can let political divides harden into personal divides. And we can’t just ignore, or turn a cold shoulder to someone because they disagree with us politically,” she said.
She told the Society of Irish Women that it’ll be up to citizens, not a deeply polarized Washington, to bridge the political divide.
“I am ready to come out of the woods and to help shine a light on what is already happening around kitchen tables, at dinners like this, to help draw strength that will enable everybody to keep going,” said Clinton.
It’s doubtful those upset over Donald Trump’s presidency will find solace in listening to the woman who couldn’t beat him – or that there’s a groundswell of folks who want to see her back in the public light.But at least she didn’t hint she’d be running for office again.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]