That sentence is, I believe, accurate. And will remain accurate over the next 14 months.
That said — and, yes, there is a “that said” here — Clinton has said several things publicly of late that give me some pause.
All of that follows the emergence of Clinton as one of the most high-profile — and effective — Twitter trolls of Trump. She (or whoever is running her account) regularly jabs Trump and mocks him, moves that have won her lots and lots of kudos from the liberal side of the social media world. And remember, Clinton has been around politics a long time. She knows what she’s doing when she makes these jokes.
Now. None of that adds up to mean that Clinton is even considering a run for president.
Back in January, CNN reported that Clinton had not totally closed the door on running for president in 2020. In March, Clinton addressed that chatter.
That statement, broadly understood, could explain what Clinton has been doing over the past few weeks. She’s just speaking out as one of the most prominent Democratic politicians in the country. (The only Democrat more high-profile than Clinton is, probably, Barack Obama — and the former president has been very careful about when and why he is speaking out about Trump.)
Of course, there is always this fact to consider: Clinton would like to be president. And losing the White House to Trump — while winning the popular vote by almost 3 million — is not the sort of thing that she (or anyone) gets over.
Could I dream up a scenario where Clinton gets floated as a compromise candidate at some point down the line? Sure. If Elizabeth Warren looks like the nominee — and jumpy Democratic establishment types worry she is too liberal to beat Trump — Clinton could well be someone they would look to as a trusted vote-getter.
But that’s a long, long, long, long shot that likely wouldn’t work anyway because the base of the party would rebel against the idea of trying to keep the nomination from Warren.
In short: Hillary Clinton’s jokes about running for president in 2020 are just that: Jokes. At least, I think.