Abundantly clear to everyone but the former Secretary of State herself, the Democratic Party needs less influence from Hillary Clinton, not more. This is not the Democrats' fate, however.
Axios reported on Tuesday that Clinton will soon launch a PAC aimed at boosting organizations and candidates the former secretary of state "cares about."
Per the report:
According to a source familiar with the planning, the initial focus will be on lifting up organizations that are the product of the energy and activism she has seen since the election, and existing groups that have been reignited and reinvigorated by that energy. She has met with some of these groups, and it's something she's become increasingly passionate about with each meeting, the source said.
It is, of course, understandable that Clinton would want to help causes she supports. And she'll probably be able to raise a good deal of money. But while well-wishing dog walkers in the woods of Chappaqua, N.Y., have heaped praise upon her since November, people outside that cozy bubble know exactly how little Clinton is liked and trusted by the American people.
Remember when so many members of her own party were disillusioned by her record, they gravitated towards an Independent socialist during the Democratic primary last year?
In April, Andrew Sullivan packaged the magnitude of Clinton's loss into one concise paragraph, summarizing perfectly how poorly it reflects on her political talents:
She ran with a popular Democratic incumbent president in the White House in a growing economy. She had the extra allure of possibly breaking a glass ceiling that — with any other female candidate — would have been as inspiring as the election of the first black president. In the general election, she was running against a malevolent buffoon with no political experience, with a deeply divided party behind him, and whose negatives were stratospheric. She outspent him by almost two-to-one. Her convention was far more impressive than his. The demographics favored her. And yet she still managed to lose!
That same person now believes she should launch a PAC and leverage more influence over the party?
The center-left's unity of purpose since Trump's victory is a clear contrast to their lukewarmness during the election. Trump was the enemy both times. The difference is that after the election Clinton wasn't around. Until now.
The more visible Clinton's brand is, the more difficult the Democrats' work of repairing its image will be. Her ethics, her ties to Wall Street, her personal unlikability, and her representing a generation past are all curses that cannot help the Dems emerge from the wilderness, especially if Republicans are able to run campaign ads knocking Democratic candidates for taking support from her forthcoming organization.
As Democrats grapple with deep fractures stemming from Clinton's failure, you would think she would be wise enough to step back and allow them to deal with those divisions. The party is working overtime to earn back the trust of the working class, Middle American voters she deplored and alienated over the course of her candidacy.
But alas, Clinton's arrogance is set to haunt Democrats or the foreseeable future.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.