First Principles

20/20 Vision About the Democrats in 2020

- February 21st, 2019

Among politicians who are unlicensed optometrists, who cannot see what is in front of them but know what is in store for America, among Democrats who are blind but think they can see, these prophets of 2020 would be wise to borrow Hillary Clinton’s prism glasses—the ones she wore before Congress—so they may have 20/20 vision, so they may avoid what they see, so voters will not see, again, the person they voted against in 2016. If Clinton speaks at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, if Democrats schedule her to speak in prime time, they will be unable to distance themselves from what she will have said, despite not knowing now what she may say a year and four months from now. What a spectacle it would be, without the need to wear spectacles, because of what we can see in the present—by looking at an event from the past.

Look at the night before Election Day, November 7, 2016, when Democrats rallied in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bill Clinton and Barack and Michelle Obama spoke to the crowd. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi sang to the crowd. Then Clinton faced the crowd. She said: “Let us show tomorrow that there will be no question as to the outcome of this election.”

Since that night, Clinton has done nothing but question the outcome of an election she lost. She has done nothing to end questions about a victory she never won, a defeat she never imagined, a day she never imagined she would see: the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

The more Clinton speaks, the more likely it is President Trump will deliver his second inaugural address. That is a sight I hope to see.

Photo credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

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