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Hillary Rodham Clinton: “free at last” to assume no responsibility for her own defeat

by | Apr 17, 2017

By Dave Andrusko

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

I meant to mention this last week but I think even a few days late it’s worth a few minutes of your time.

On the off-off-off chance you haven’t heard, since pro-abortion Hillary Clinton poked her head up a while back, she has been in hyper-excuse mode. On the off-off-off chance you didn’t expect it, Clinton blamed everything and everybody but herself for losing to pro-life Donald Trump.

Misogyny, of course. What else can explain why one of the least pleasant candidates in recent memory, who ran an historically bad campaign (see below), who consciously and deliberately said, “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” adding with a flourish, “some of these folks are irremediable” lost?

I didn’t see it, I only read about Clinton’s April 6 appearance at the Women In The World conference. There she was “interviewed” by the New York Times Nicholas Kristof. Kristof ran a subsequent column so groveling it makes your skin crawl. He led (and I kid you not) with this:

“In the most wrenching, humiliating way possible, Hillary Clinton has been liberated. She is now out of the woods again, and speaking her mind.”

Kristof explain he interviewed Clinton at Tina Brown’s conference and (we are to believe) this monumentally careful woman let her hair down, so to speak. Kristof writes she even ‘fessed up to some errors (“mistakes”), which judging by the content of his own column is patently untrue.

Every nod Clinton made in the direction of assuming responsibility, she quickly turned back from. For example

Clinton acknowledged that Democrats need to do a better job reaching working-class Americans, but she added that part of her problem was that many voters were already struggling with tumult in their lives, “and you layer on the first woman president over that, and I think some people, women included, had real problems.”

So error after error after error–including a virtually content-free campaign and crucial last-minute scheduling mistakes a third-grader could have pointed out–is small potatoes compared to how nervous people were about the first woman president.

But, to repeat, people (“women included’) were not worried about “the first woman president.” They were worried about Clinton, who happened to be a woman, becoming President.

The same day I was going to write this post, the Hill newspaper ran an excerpt from a new book about Clinton’s campaign titled, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign. The authors of Shattered are former Politico reporter Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, the senior White House correspondent for The Hill.

The excerpt is absolutely classic, confirming every stereotype we’ve ever heard about the impossibly difficult Bill and Hillary Clinton. Only the book is not written by members of Mrs. Clinton’s famous “vast right-wing conspiracy,” but by reporters who have been, shall we say, less than harsh on Hillary Clinton.

The headline to the excerpt is “Clinton campaign plagued by bickering,” which, in terms of being a surprise, is roughly equivalent to saying the sun rises in the East. That’s what the Clintons do: they brutalize their staffs.

The excerpt picks up just after the Michigan Democratic primary in which Sen. Bernie Sanders pulled off a monumental upset over the heavily favored Clinton.

Hillary was so mad she couldn’t think straight. She was supposed to be focused on the prep session for that night’s Univision debate in Miami, but a potent mix of exhaustion and exasperation bubbled up inside.

She’d been humiliated in the Michigan primary the night before, a loss that not only robbed her of a prime opportunity to put Bernie Sanders down for good but also exposed several of her weaknesses. How could she have been left so vulnerable? She knew — or at least she thought she did. The blame belonged to her campaign team, she believed, for failing to hone her message, energize important constituencies and take care of business in getting voters to the polls. …

The underlying truth — the one that many didn’t want to admit to themselves — was the person ultimately responsible for these decisions, the one whose name was on the ticket, hadn’t corrected these problems, all of which had been brought to her attention before primary day. She’d stuck with the plan, and it had cost her.

While the campaign projected a ­drama-free tenor, it was reminiscent of other moments of frustration.

Months earlier, Hillary Clinton turned her fury on her consultants and campaign aides, blaming them for a failure to focus the media on her platform.

In her ear the whole time, spurring her on to cast blame on others and never admit to anything, was her husband. Neither Clinton could accept the simple fact that Hillary had hamstrung her own campaign and dealt the most serious blow to her own presidential aspirations.

Coming full circle, how do we reallllly know (courtesy of Kristof) that Hillary is finally “liberated”?

Her Twitter page and website are still just Hillary Clinton — but after our interview we walked backstage together to sign a poster for Women in the World, and she scrawled: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Free at last!

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