President Biden endorsed changing Senate rules to pass new voting rights protections during a speech in Atlanta on Tuesday....And at the same time, right-wing propagandists are talking about ... another possible run for the presidency by Hillary Clinton. First it was Lloyd Billingsley at David Horowitz's FrontPage, under the headline "Hillary Hints at 2024 Run." (No "hints" are quoted in the article.) Then it was ersatz Democrats Douglas Schoen and Andrew Stein on the Wall Street Journal editorial page, writing under the headline "Hillary Clinton’s 2024 Election Comeback," followed by National Review's Charles C.W. Cooke writing a gloss on the Journal piece. There isn't an ounce of real evidence that Clinton wants to run in 2024, but there sure is a lot of speculation.
“As an institutionalist, I believe that the threat to our democracy is so grave that we must find a way to pass these voting rights bills,” Mr. Biden said as he delivered remarks at the Atlanta University Center Consortium, which comprises four historically Black colleges and universities. “Let the majority prevail, and if that bare minimum is blocked, we have no option but to change the Senate rules, including getting rid of the filibuster for this.”
So why now? I think it's because Democrats are pushing for election reform. It's not as if Republican need something extra to make Democratic election reform efforts look bad to their voters -- the angry base believes Democrats are alway looking for new ways to cheat, while Republican officeholders and pundits regularly assert that the Democrats' plan is a way to "nationalize" or "federalize" elections. (This is probably the only country in the First World where that would be seen as a bad thing.) So the GOP has plenty of anti-election reform talking points already. But why not throw another one out there? So-called election reform is part of the Democrats' nefarious plan to ... ELECT HILLARY CLINTON PRESIDENT! I could be wrong, but I think that's the intended message.