Hillary Clinton Plans Outreach to Minorities? Republican Opportunity!

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

“Discreetly” reentering politics, Hillary Clinton plans to help the DNC keep “core” constituencies—blacks and Hispanics.

Republicans should be overjoyed that Hillary Clinton plans to stay involved in politics. And the fact that she thinks she can connect with minorities should alert Republicans to new opportunities. Donald Trump did better at reaching blacks and Hispanics than the two previous Republican presidential candidates. He’s also done more economic good for these groups than Obama. If Clinton makes herself the DNC’s ambassador to minority groups, then Republicans should be able to gain even more of them.

The Washington Post reports, “Hillary Clinton, a favorite GOP foil, plans discreet 2018 strategy.

In the first electoral season since the stunning loss that extinguished her years-long drive for the presidency, Clinton, 70, has begun a discreet and low-profile reentry into the political fray.

Her emerging 2018 strategy, according to more than a dozen friends and advisers familiar with her plans, is to leverage the star power she retains in some Democratic circles on behalf of select candidates while remaining sufficiently below the radar to avoid becoming a useful target for Republicans seeking to rile up their base.

Most likely, they said, Clinton will attempt to help Democratic candidates who have a history of supporting her and her family, and expending her political capital in a number of the 23 congressional districts she won in 2016 but are now held by a Republican. Lending a hand to Democrats organizing at a grass-roots level is a priority, they added.

“She’s not going to be up front,” said Jaime Harrison, a former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party and an associate chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Harrison said Clinton told him in December that she was committed to turning out core blocs in the party, such as African Americans and Latinos. “She’s saying, ‘Listen, I’m no longer running but we need these groups to be strong and people to vote.’ ”

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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