If you were a Democrat, would you want Hillary Clinton, almost 70 years old, disliked by most voters, who just lost an apparently unlosable election to the world’s richest barroom loudmouth, remaining front-and-center as the most visible, talked-about member of your party?
I would think the answer is no.
But she won’t go away. She just won’t go away.
Tomorrow Ms. Clinton’s book of excuses, “What Happened”, is formally released. In it, she takes full responsibility, Clinton-style. That is, she says she takes responsibility and then proceeds to blame everyone and everything but herself.
Here, via excerpts from an article at Fox News, is how she framed the election loss to Jane Pauley, on CBS Sunday Morning:
Hillary Clinton said Sunday in her first TV interview since Election Day that she was just “gobsmacked, wiped out” after losing the presidential election to Donald Trump.
Clinton, who is releasing a new memoir Tuesday titled “What Happened” that points fingers and accepts responsibility for her defeat, also told CBS News’ “Sunday Morning” host Jane Pauley that she won’t ever run for office again.
“I am done with being a candidate, but I’m not done with politics because I believe that our country’s future is at stake,” Clinton said during the interview at her home in Chappaqua, New York.
Clinton said she never thought of not going to Trump’s inauguration as a former first lady.
“And so there I was on the platform, you know, feeling like an out of body experience,” she said. “And then this speech [by Trump], a cry from the white nationalist gut.”
She said that during the campaign Trump was quite successful “referencing a nostalgia” that would give hope, comfort and settle grievances for millions of people upset about gains made by others.
“Millions of white people,” Pauley asked.
“Yeah, millions of white people,” Clinton replied.
Clinton also defended her “basket of deplorables” comment about Trump supporters in the interview.
“Well, I thought Trump was behaving in a deplorable manner,” she said. “I thought a lot of his appeals to voters were deplorable. I thought his behavior as we saw on the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape was deplorable. And there were a large number of people who didn’t care. It didn’t matter to them.”
Clinton said she didn’t believer her deplorable comment energized Trump voters.
“They were already energized,” she said.
Clinton said she practiced what she would do if Trump came up behind her during the debates and then she said when he did at the second debate in St. Louis, she became flustered.
“It was so discombobulating,” she told Pauley. “And so — while I’m answering questions, my mind is going, ‘OK, do I keep my composure? Do I act like a president? Am I the person that people can trust in the end to make hard decisions?’ Or do I wheel around and say, ‘Get outta my space. Back up, you creep.’ Well, you know, I didn’t do the latter.”
There you go. Just perfect.
She accepts responsibility but points fingers. In other words it’s my fault but you did it to me.
And Trump is a White nationalist appealing to White nationalists. Translation: I lost, so he’s a racist.
And his voters? Lots and lots of them are White nationalists also.
Nothing like identity politics to boost Democrat chances. Hey, look what it has done for the party over the last four elections.
As for Trump encroaching on Clinton’s space during the second debate? I’d love someone to show me when it happened. I went back and watched the first 20 or so minutes, during which they entered from separate sides of the stage, and the only encroachment I saw was Clinton strolling across Trump’s space, not the other way around.
Of course if you take a still picture from a certain angle it can look like they’re close to each other – like, for example, catching Ms. Clinton, during her encroachment, directly in front of Trump (which makes it look like he’s stalking her from behind). But it is not what actually happened.
In any event, if I were a Democrat, looking at what has happened to my party with a cadre of tired, stale, been-there-forever people led by Clinton, but including Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Chuck Schumer among others, with Schumer, almost 67, the the youngest of them.
…and then I look at the second tier, of Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders – with hard-leftist Warren, at age 68, the youngest of them…
…I think I would need a major session of primal therapy.
I would see tired. Stale. Old. I would see the same hack politics that have made Democrats a minority party in all but a few states. A disaster.
And I would see it all held in place at the top by the most enduring disaster of them all, Hillary Clinton.
How would I feel? What would I say?
My lament would be “Can’t she just go away?”