Hillary Clinton returned to politics this week as she raised funds for Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Tim Ryan in her first fundraising event since 2020.
The virtual fundraising event included a minimum donation of $2,900, with options up to $20,800 to serve as an event co-chair.
Clinton was involved in two fundraising events for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in 2020. The Monday event marked her first event in the new election cycle as Democrats struggle to keep the Senate and limit damage in the House.
The event also occurred as rumors have circulated that Clinton will bump Biden and Harris off the 2024 ticket and go for a presidential run herself. So far, the former first lady has been quiet regarding whether the rumors are true.
The event would be unusual, as Biden has another term yet available and Harris would be the most likely next pick. However, low approval ratings among both White House leaders have already led to speculation about Clinton’s return.
If so, she should at least have Rep. Ryan’s support as her involvement has been a needed boost to his early efforts to take the primary and face a Republican challenger in November.
But what are Americans to make of Clinton’s current involvement to support midterm candidates? First, it’s clear Democrats need help. President Biden isn’t going to be of any help to Democrats running for reelection. Last week two of Pennsylvania’s top Democrats refused to meet with Biden while he was visiting the state. They didn’t want pictures with him or to be seen at events with him.
The same is true of Vice President Harris. Many Democrat candidates are avoiding her as much as their Republican opponents. That leaves reaching out to other leftist leaders, usually with the last names Clinton or Obama, to shore up support for the big dollars needed to fund campaigns.
Clinton is likely testing the waters with the midterms in the same way Trump is with Republicans. In both cases, if those they support or endorse win, it’s a good sign they would do well in another run. After the midterms is when we’ll need to be watching closely regarding whether Biden is pushed as the reelection candidate or whether we may be looking at a Trump versus Clinton sequel.
You know it’s bad when Democrats are propping up a candidate who has already lost twice and is not highly liked in any poll.
Biden’s administration appears on life support from the latest approval ratings, with Harris right beside him. The future is not looking good for Democrats unless conservatives refuse to rally around their candidates.
The best thing Americans can do at this stage is support conservatives in the midterms to show Democrats it doesn’t matter who runs in 2024. The battle will be over before it even begins. For now, the speculation will continue as Clinton works to strengthen others headed into the midterm election.