Brandon Howell

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “reemergence” into the media spotlight (did she ever really leave?) is coming in tandem with a return to political reality, however denied by Clintonworld it may be.

This week’s sprawling New York Magazine piece on the First Lady/Senator/would-be POTUS downed by political neophyte/diplomat carries with it first public acknowledgement that she is, in fact, considering a second stab at the Oval Office.

Accompanying a foregone conclusion was the caveat that Clinton is in no rush to make a final decision, a not-so-subtle effort at maintaining apolitical status.

Yet shrouded in the same piece was a quote reeking more of atypical, not apolitical.

“There is nothing they are doing that couldn’t have waited a year,” an anonymous aide said of recently-formed Ready for Hillary and its early paving the way efforts. “Not a single f—king thing.”

What’s absent? A single degree of gratitude, respect for old Clinton hands assisting the group, nor simple dismissal of such outside efforts with the promise of 2016 decisions in their own time.

It was furthermore a direct contradiction of past comments, delivered on the record, applauding the nascent Super PAC’s work.

However small, such anonymous shots across the bow serve little more than reminder of the last time Hillary graced the presidential circuit, her last effort undone in tandem by political winds and internal strife.

Call it one of Clintonworld’s many trappings.

The greater harm is again dealt to Clinton herself, whose efforts at shunning the political realm are almost certainly done with intent of rebranding herself historical pop icon, more akin to Obama 2008 than her past career.

Yet a career carrying such depth won’t be easily whitewashed, nor will the past problems of polarization and demeanor accompanying it all. Joining Clinton’s first media blitz since abdicating the Secretary of State’s post is polling data indicative of just that.

Fresh WSJ/NBC numbers show a precipitous decline in her numbers with independents; just 34 percent of the precious voting bloc now express positive sentiment, compared to 39 percent disapproving. As has been noted, that’s a 17 point drop from December’s 51 percent tally.


Brandon Howell

Brandon Howell is a conservative communications strategist and contributor to the Peach State political blog Georgia Tipsheet.