After the 2016 election, where Hillary Clinton managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, you would think that she would be the last person to give advice to Democratic presidential candidates.
But that hasn’t stopped her. She and her daughter Chelsea appeared on CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote their new book The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.
Naturally the topic turned to the upcoming election, and Corden asked her if she had any advice for the candidates. Instead of demurring or laughing the question off – or even saying something like, “Campaign in Wisconsin,” she put in her two cents’ worth.
Touching on the upcoming election, Corden asked Clinton, as the only Democrat who knows what it’s like to debate Trump, if she has any advice for the pool of Democratic candidates. The former secretary of state emphasized being “really prepared,” to “make your case” and “keep going at him [Trump].” She added that many “bizarre aspects” will come into play, as they did in her debate, such as “propaganda” and “phony stories” and that candidates have big challenges ahead.
She mentioned having spoken to many of the current candidates running in 2020, and that she is willing to speak with anyone who calls her for advice. Considering the road forward, Clinton said, “I think we’re going to win if we do everything we should.”
Oh Hillary. You didn’t learn a thing in 2016, did you? It’s not about “propaganda” or “going at” the president. It’s about what your party has to offer to voters. It’s about the message.
It’s too early to tell what’s going to happen in 2020. Things could go either way. But I do know one thing: nobody should turn to Hillary Clinton for advice on how to run for president.