Even her top supporters think Hillary Clinton faces long odds if she decides to take another run at the White House.
“There's no such thing as inevitability in politics," political consultant James Carville told Business Insider
"I just think it's coming from inexperienced people that don't know what they're talking about."
He’s not alone in his sobering assessment of Clinton’s chances, should she announce her candidacy, Business Insider notes.
At a strategy session
of the super PAC Ready For Hillary on Friday, her backers told the news website Clinton – despite strong polling
and widespread media coverage – they don’t believe for a minute she’s got the White House locked up.
"It's stupid. It's a stupid perception,” Carville insisted, and Ready For Hillary’s executive editor, Adam Parkhomenko, agreed.
"In terms of inevitability, I wouldn't have been doing this since January 2013 if I thought she was inevitable," Parkhomenko said at the super PAC meeting.
Another loyalist, Lanny Davis, blamed the media for creating the hyped perception of Clinton’s inevitable election.
“It's a media non-story that the media creates into a story," Davis told Business Insider. "I think she has to work hard and earn the nomination. This is a media invention when they have nothing to write about."
Stephanie Schriock, the president of Emily’s List, which advocates for pro-choice Democratic women candidates, said voters want a change after eight years of President Barack Obama – and that only works against Clinton.
"I think the biggest challenge we have is that history says that Americans don't really like to go with the same party for three terms,” she said. “So we've got our work cut out for us under the best of circumstances.
She added” "This is not going to be an easy election. ... She's going to have to make the case if she decides to run."
Parkhomenko added, "It's not going to be easy.”
“A woman's never won the Iowa caucuses. A woman's never won a major party nomination. A woman has never become president."
And he noted the maybe-candidate herself hasn’t made up her mind.
"It's important to note that, if you go back and you look at a lot of the stories that [reporters] wrote at this time in the 2008 cycle, it was 'Hillary Clinton vs. Rudolph Giuliani' — and we know how that turned out," he said.
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