Hillary Clinton may have lost the White House to President Donald Trump last November, but that isn't going to stop the twice failed presidential candidate from making a campaign trail comeback.
According to The Hill, Clinton wants to play a central role in next year's midterm elections by helping Democratic candidates win election and potentially retake Congress. Clinton has already launched a PAC for next year's election, signaling her seriousness in fundraising and aiding grassroots candidates.
Sources who spoke with the Hill said Clinton is likely to target nearly two dozen Republican-controlled districts that she won in last year's election.
"She's very well aware of how she performed in those districts," a "longtime Clinton confidant" told the Hill.
"She knows she won Darrell Issa's district by 8," the source explained. "She knows she came close in about a handful of others. She has studied this stuff thoroughly."
If Clinton wants to help Democrats overtake Republicans in Congress, then she'll need to get to work — and fast. That's because Republicans currently control the House by a 46-seat margin. They hold 240 seats, while Democrats hold only 194. One seat is vacant. The Senate, on the other hand, is much more in reach for Democrats. Currently, there are only 52 Republicans in the Senate, 46 Democrats and 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats.
All told, Democrats would have to 24 districts currently held by Republicans, which may or may not be a long shot and depends on the legislative accomplishments of Republicans over the next year and a half. The Senate appear to be more manageable, but of the 33 seats up for re-election in 2018, 23 of them belong to Democrats, two of them to the independents who caucus with the Democrats, while the other eight belong to Republicans — making a change in majority almost impossible. To make matters worse for Democrats, eight of their seats up for grabs next year are located in states that Trump won in last year's presidential election.
But that hasn't stopped Republicans from cheering Clinton on. After all, since 2010, Democrats nationwide have suffered heavy losses in local, state and federal elections — all at a time when Clinton and former President Barack Obama were the face of the Democratic Party.
In fact, one Republican strategist told the Hill he welcomes Clinton's "help" in the midterms.
"For 30 years, Hillary Clinton has essentially been Old Faithful for Republican candidates," Doug Heye told the publication. "Her continues prominence only helps GOP candidates with an electorate that historically is more favorable than what they faced in the last presidential election."
"The more Clinton weighs in and tries to tell voters 'I'm baaaack,' the more Republicans will tell her to keep on trucking," he quipped.
Meanwhile, Twitter made the same observations:
Great. Because it's important to keep losing.— beth can't with this (@bourgeoisalien) July 8, 2017
Oh, please do Hillary! 😂— Ruby Red (@RockinRubyRed) July 8, 2017
...and Republicans rejoiced. https://t.co/qTkXgdpMnc— Josh Jordan (@Josh Jordan)1499546094.0
AS A REPUBLICAN - YES PLEASE!!!— KennyGee (@KennyGGee) July 8, 2017
Please do this @TheDemocrats, I really would like to win in 2018 as well https://t.co/r8fzHZNiRp— Ben McDonald (@Ben McDonald)1499555764.0
She's offered to set up the data server in her bathroom. https://t.co/NWu1eRittQ— Connie Hair 🇺🇸 (@Connie Hair 🇺🇸)1499545071.0
Music to Republicans 👂👂!— Vince Garcia (@IamVinnyG) July 8, 2017
Please please please let her be VERY prominently featured in '18. Can't stop laughing. #giftkeepsgiving— Big Impact Podcast (@BigImpactPod) July 9, 2017
Then why aren't they 50 points ahead already?— 100 Proof (@ChampionCapua) July 8, 2017