Failed presidential nominee Hillary Clinton isn’t leaving the limelight just yet.
Aside from long hikes in the woods away from the civilization that rejected her twice, the former first lady has been planning to campaign for House Democrats in the upcoming 2018 election cycle. More specifically, Clinton is looking to boost Democrats running in House districts that retained GOP members, but voted for her atop the national ticket.
There are 23 House Republican districts that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. The failed presidential candidate is currently working with Democratic leaders on how best to win these seats and take the House majority. She has actually been working on this project for at least a few months. She spoke of her plans at a Code Conference event in May. During a question and session, Clinton revealed her main focus for 2018 would be winning House races.
“Everything will change if we win in 2018,” she stated to the audience. “We have to flip 24 seats. I won 23 districts that have a Republican Congress member, seven of them are in California. If we can flip those, if we can go deeper into where I did well, where we can get good candidates, I think flipping the House is certainly realistic. It’s a goal that we can set for ourselves,” she explained.
It isn’t the worst strategy Democrats have conjured up. While still losing every special election this year, House Democratic candidates were more competitive in perennially safe Republican districts. Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff, for example, lost his bid to become the state’s 6th district representative, but excited liberals in the north Atlanta suburb where Clinton lost by just one point.
Republicans like Darrell Issa and Carlos Curbelo do have reasons to worry. Clinton won their districts by 7.5 and 16 points, respectively. Issa survived a challenge by Democrat Doug Applegate by a nail biter. Applegate has already announced a rematch.
There is just one hiccup with this game plan. Do national Democrats really want Hillary Clinton to be the face of their campaign next year? She doesn’t exactly have that fresh-face image we think of when a party is trying to rebuild. We’re talking about the person who botched a very winnable presidential race. Every national poll showed her winning by gigantic margins before Election Day. She still lost – for the second time.