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Battenfeld: Don’t kid yourself, she’s running

May 3, 2017 GMT

Don’t put away those “I’m With Her” signs yet.

Did anyone really think Hillary Clinton was going to stay in the woods and live like a hermit for the next three years? She’s back and she wants to run. Again.

Looking positively glowing in a scarlet scarf and tailored pantsuit, Clinton emerged in a carefully choreographed “interview” to push the narrative that she was robbed.

She “would have been president,” Clinton said, if not for FBI Director James Comey and that nasty Vladimir Putin conspiring with the Trump campaign to take her down in 2016.

Clinton had to be prodded by softball interviewer Christiane Amanpour to pretend to admit responsibility for her defeat, then proceeded to make a lengthy explanation of the real “reason” she lost.

And it wasn’t because she was a deeply flawed candidate who ran a terrible campaign. She actually claimed that voters got “scared off” because of the new Comey investigation and all the email leaks.

“You just can’t make this stuff up,” Clinton said.

Well, yes you can. Because there is still no evidence the Trump campaign conspired with Putin. And plenty of voters were scared off Clinton long before the WikiLeaks emails and FBI investigation.

But that reality isn’t deterring Clinton.

We’ll never know whether she was — as she said — “on the way to winning” before being derailed by WikiLeaks and Comey. The polls certainly had Clinton up, but we now know the polls were all wrong. None of them predicted a Donald Trump victory, even after the email leaks and Comey announcement that he was reopening an investigation.

But Clinton is clearly not accepting blame, and not fading away. She’ll never give up her White House quest. She is going to test the waters for a 2020 campaign, and there’s no Democrat out there who should dismiss her.

The fact is that the Democrats right now don’t have an A-list of potential candidates. That includes Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is already showing she’s not ready for the glare of a heated campaign. The fact that some Democrats are touting U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton for 2020 shows just how weak the current lineup is.

Many liberals may not want to hear this, but Clinton may still be the best Democrat out there to unseat Trump. She’s got foreign policy experience and is battle-tested and thoroughly vetted.

If Democrats are really determined to avenge their loss, who better to do that than the candidate who got robbed in 2016?