Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is reportedly looking at letting Hillary Clinton serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
But plans to bring Clinton back into the White House may have hit a roadblock already. According to the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard, Senate Republicans are dismissing any notion of ever confirming Clinton to a role in a Biden administration.
No chance of Clinton confirmation
Clinton never accepted her humiliating 2016 loss to Donald Trump, and she warned Biden in the lead-up to the 2020 election to not concede “under any circumstances,” alleging that Trump would try to cheat.
With Biden now claiming victory in the race, the Washington Post recently reported that Hillary is being considered as America’s ambassador to the United Nations. Presumably, Clinton would help signal a change after years of Trump supposedly diminished America’s global reputation. It would be a change, alright.
But Republicans aren’t likely to confirm Clinton anyway. A Senate aide told Bedard that Clinton might not even get a vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and either way there’s no chance she’s getting confirmed if Senate Republicans remain in the majority.
Republicans also told the Examiner that Hillary’s nomination would bring all her baggage back into the light, from her e-mails to the Benghazi attack, which could help Republicans win the House in the 2022 elections.
“Christmas comes early, because if Joe Biden nominates Hillary Clinton, Republicans will get to run against Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and now Hillary Clinton, which essentially guarantees that we win the House in 2022,” one source said.
Indeed, Democrats are already smarting from underwhelming results this year, so elevating someone as controversial as Clinton would likely come with unwelcome blowback.
Democrats have lost seats in the House, and it’s unclear who will control the Senate until runoffs in Georgia this January.
Barack Obama ally Susan Rice called the rumors an “insult” to Clinton, who served as a secretary of state under Obama. Clinton has not responded to the speculation, although she has made clear how pleased she is with Biden’s putative victory over her rival.
“It’s a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together,” she tweeted.
If Clinton misses out on a job with Biden, she may have to settle for a vicarious victory. Of course, Trump is still doing everything he can to make sure that Biden never sees the inside of the White House again, either.