Hillary’s not going to run this year but the episode with Gabbard is a nice reminder of how poor her political acumen is. Remember that the point of her “Russian asset” critique of Gabbard was her fear/suspicion that Tulsi would ultimately decide to run as a third-party candidate, siphoning off votes from the Democratic nominee and enabling a second Trump term. Did it not occur to her that attacking Gabbard in such sensational terms, given her status as the reigning Democratic nominee and the public’s anxiety about Russia meddling in the campaign, would generate weeks of free publicity for Tulsi?
Every longshot candidate in the field would relish the buzz that would come with having Hillary Clinton pick a fight with them. Hillary picked the one who conceivably *could* run third-party and handed her the PR bonanza instead, possibly increasing the likelihood of an independent Gabbard candidacy.
Watching this dunderheaded backfire play out, the decision not to bother visiting Wisconsin three years ago seems almost inevitable in hindsight.