Hillary advisers battle over whether she’ll run in 2020

With the 2018 midterms now nearly decided, the traditional kickoff for the next election cycle — that is, the 2020 presidential election — would normally be getting underway. 

However lacking of a clear leader on the Democratic side, the 2020 election season is off to a slow start, with one exception.

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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Top federal official says more details coming on foreign election interference The Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  MORE’s former advisers are duking it out over whether America will get to see Hillary 2.0.

Mark Penn, a pollster and senior adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton from 1995 to 2008, wrote this week in The Wall Street Journal that, “Hillary will run again.” In fact, Penn suggested that America won’t see a 2.0 version, but instead a refurbished “Hillary 4.0” release that is firing on all cylinders.

But Clinton’s former spokesperson, Philippe Reines blasted Penn’s assessment of her chances of running, suggesting that Penn is out of the loop with the Clinton camp and doesn’t know what he’s talking about. 

“I’m certain his insight is no better and no more based on reality than the Koch Brothers or Mr. Snuffleupagus,” said Reines. 

While it’s true that Penn has not worked for the Clintons for a solid decade and while Reines suggests there’s no official Hillary operation underway, Penn’s predictions don’t ring completely hollow. Even Reines admitted recently that Clinton’s chances of running were “somewhere between highly unlikely and zero, but it’s not zero.” 

It certainly appears that Clinton is angling for something, whether it be candidate or kingmaker. 

The former presidential candidate has recently resurfaced, running the gauntlet of media interviews and conferences where she recently said, “I’d like to be president.” She’s reportedly been quietly working on her relationships with the press that she previously (literally) wrangled. She even surfaced at a recent high school football game, perfectly coiffed for taking selfies with unsuspecting fans.

It stands to reason she might be the favored candidate.

With Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBill from Warren, Gillibrand and Waters would make Fed fight economic racial inequalities The other reason Democrats want Biden to shun debates The Memo: Biden faces balancing act MORE (D-Mass.) recently flaming out of contention with her ill-timed DNA pronouncement, it seems unlikely that the former front runner Warren will be running for anything other than her own re-election in 2024.

That leaves a sparse field of experienced Democratic leaders who have the political prowess to step forward to take on the Trump machine which already has a head start in fundraising (an “unprecedented” $100 million so far), campaign management (Brad Parscale) and slogans (Keep America Great, or as the kids say, K-A-G). 

With the clock ticking and mixed midterm election results, Democrats had better figure out who is going to lead them into their next political frontier. 

After all, the average span of a presidential campaign is approximately two years. President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE launched his White House bid in June 2015; Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Facebook removes Trump post | TikTok gets competitor | Lawmakers raise grid safety concerns Skepticism grows over Friday deadline for coronavirus deal ACLU targets Democrats, Republicans with mobile coronavirus billboards MORE (R-Fla.) launched his in April 2015 and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) launched his in June 2015 — although he had opened up an exploratory committee in December 2014. (Compare this time span to other countries’ election calendars and France could have elected 39 presidents in the time between Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  Ted Cruz bashes Oprah for 'lecture' on race: 'What utter, racist BS' Senate Democrats prepare seven-figure spending spree in Texas MORE’s (R-Texas) kickoff to the day he endorsed Trump). 

The point is, with the midterm elections now over and the #Resistance still going strong, Americans on the left will soon want to know who will be their official answer to Trump.

Jen Kerns has served as a GOP strategist and writer for the U.S. presidential debates for FOX News. She previously served as communications director and spokeswoman for the California Republican Party, the Colorado Recalls over gun control and the Prop. 8 battle over marriage which went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.