Posted by David Oates 5 months ago

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The short answer is no, even if the reasons are more complicated than that.

Let’s reset. The past few months have been, shall we say, exciting for the former U.S. Secretary of State since her surprising loss in the 2016 Presidential Race. Most individuals in her position quietly fade from the limelight, at least for an extended period. Take Mitt Romney as an example.

There’s good reason for that. With most elections, the voters spoke and decided who should lead. In response, the defeated candidate walks away retreats from the public eye.

Many appear again eventually, but under a different light. Jimmy Carter comes immediately to mind.

So when Hillary began taking to the airwaves and podia even before Donald Trump took office, she set a new precedence. She hasn’t been shy either of criticizing her most recent — and powerful — political rival on just about every issue and staying on the general themes she touted during her campaign. There’s also plans for a new book. These activities usually come from politicians who successfully term out of office. Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Hillary's husband, Bill, took to the lecture circuit and wrote autobiographies soon after their eight years in the White House ended. That was their privilege from ending their political careers on high notes. If Hillary followed the path of those that lost out, we would not hear from her for a while.

While many will say she should do just that, we live in a political environment that appears to throw out the rule book. What’s more, the post-Presidential Election climate is unlike anything we’ve seen before, and Hillary should take full advantage of it.

The former Cabinet Secretary also possesses a few highly valuable assets that would otherwise wane if she decided to put herself in a virtual “time out” status. For starters, she won the popular vote, by the widest margin of any losing presidential candidate - EVER.  Nearly 66 million American voters chose her as their next president, almost 3 million more than did for Trump. Though the Electoral College should continue to be the vote that counts, this base feels betrayed, shocked and seeking answers. Hillary can channel their frustrations into a loyal audience. 

Second, Trump isn't exactly having a fabulous start to his time in office. Time will certainly tell if he can pull off a comeback and resurrect what appears at first glance to be the makings of an egregiously dipterous launch of his time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For now, though, many buyers of the “Make America Great Again” mantra suffer from a ginormous case of remorse. Hillary can bring many of these individuals into her fold and leverage them for her own economic and policy influencing initiatives. 

Third, Barack Obama remains very popular. He departed the White House with one of the highest approval ratings of any second term president. In fact, Obama’s worst popularity moments during his entire eight years in office are equal to Trump’s best days. Even four-plus months out of office, a Barack sighting draws the same reaction one has to a globally popular music artist. Obama’s endorsement and support of Hillary during and after the campaign carry significant weight with his admirers. 

Whether you’re a fan of Hillary or not is not the point here. The question I raised was should the 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate take time away from the spotlight, retool her brand and come out only after it's ready for prime time. The unequivocal answer to that is not only no, but HELL NO. 

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