To say things have not been going well for the president since he took office last January would be an understatement. Joe Biden has never been able to escape questions that he’ll be willing and able to run for the White House again in 2024 — but if not Biden, who will be the Democratic Party’s nominee in the next cycle?
According to Breitbart, longtime Democratic pollster and strategist Doug Schoen is arguing that the “only viable national candidate” is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Schoen made his case for the Democrats’ failed 2016 nominee in an op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal this week.
In it, the political strategist surveyed the dire “circumstances” surrounding Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and other prominent figures in Washington, who he said have “created a leadership vacuum” that Clinton was well-positioned to fill.
Schoen even suggested that Clinton has been actively distancing herself from Biden’s failures and the increasingly progressive Democrat-controlled Congress, likely in an effort to portray herself as a moderate if her name were to appear on an upcoming ticket.
“If Democrats want a fighting chance at winning the presidency in 2024, Mrs. Clinton is likely their best option,” Schoen concluded for the Journal.
Later, Schoen appeared on Fox News to speak with host Laura Ingraham, where he doubled down. “She is clearly better than anything that Democrats have,” the strategist said of Clinton on Wednesday.
“Biden is a failed president, as you’ve said. Kamala Harris, arguably worse; Mayor Pete, I really think is a non-starter,” he added, referencing Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, according to Fox.
Pressed on why a few of the most prominent Democratic state governors couldn’t fill the role, Schoen said “none of them are ready for national leadership” — at least, not to the extent that Clinton is.
If Clinton does run for the White House again in 2024, the possibility exists that she could come up against her 2016 rival, Donald Trump, who remains popular in GOP circles even despite losing re-election in 2020.
“I think that a rematch between the two is more likely today than we would have ever imagined even a couple of months ago,” Schoen told Ingraham Wednesday, according to Fox. “And Secretary Clinton is really, I think, the only viable national candidate that we Democrats have as we face historic midterm defeat.”
Asked if Clinton has the “stamina and energy” for another brutal presidential campaign, Schoen replied:
I would tell you this. I know Secretary Clinton, I’ve worked with her. She is an energetic person who has one overarching ambition, Laura. And that ambition is to be president. She will do everything in her power to get through a campaign, get through it vigorously.