Hillary Clinton takes full responsibility for losing the 2016 election… except she doesn’t. And that’s good news for Republicans. And even better for the GOP: She just won’t go away.
Amie Parnes at The Hill is reporting that those close to the former Secretary of State say Clinton’s upcoming memoir of the failed effort to shatter the ultimate glass ceiling in politics will “double-down” on excuses and finger-pointing:
Privately, Clinton has told friends and longtime associates that she “wants the whole story out there” as she rushes to tweak and put the finishing touches on the book due out in September.
“She really believes that’s why she lost, and she wants to explain why in no uncertain terms,” one longtime ally said. “She wants the whole story out there from her own perspective. I think a lot of people are going to be really surprised by how much she reveals.”
The ally said the book of personal essays will be a “bombshell.”
This is good news for Republicans, of course, because as long as Democrats (who appear to be unable to escape the vice-like clutch of Clinton’s talons) continue to pretend they had the perfect message and the perfect candidate in 2016 and only lost because of James Comey (I forget, is he supposed to be a Trump ally or Trump’s #1 nemesis, I can’t keep track) and “Russian hacking” they will continue to make the same mistakes that actually cost them the White House, the Senate and the House over the past eight years.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer knows it. That’s why he deflated the myth earlier this week by puncturing what appears to be the main thesis of Clinton’s upcoming tome:
“When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself.”
Joe Biden knows it. In March he told a gathering at the University of Pennsylvania that his home state’s voters didn’t hear anything from Clinton about their lives and their concerns.
“What happened was that this was the first campaign that I can recall where my party did not talk about what it always stood for — and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class,” Biden said during an appearance at the University of Pennsylvania. “You didn’t hear a single solitary sentence in the last campaign about that guy working on the assembly line making $60,000 bucks a year and a wife making $32,000 as a hostess in restaurant.”
In fact, anyone who read Parnes and Jonathan Allen’s fascinating book Shattered knows that none other than former President Bill Clinton knew it. The book, which chronicled Clinton’s doomed campaign, makes multiple references to the former president’s constant complaints that his wife was not going out to suburbs and swing states to convince swing voters to cast their ballot for the Democratic ticket.
As they relayed in an interview with ABC News (home of former-Clinton-staffer-turned-journalist George Stephanopoulos):
In the book, the authors describe how the campaign ignored the advice of Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, to reach out to communities that weren’t already on board with Hillary Clinton’s policies.
“He thought, these eggheads don’t really know politics. They don’t understand persuasion,” Allen said, adding that Bill Clinton wanted to go to suburban and rural areas where it was likely that Hillary Clinton wouldn’t win the majority. “He knew there was some power just in showing up.”
Allen said that in her 2008 presidential bid, Bill Clinton was blamed for asserting himself too much in the primary campaign’s strategy and ultimately hurting her chances at the presidency and that this time around, he tried to stay behind the scenes “because he didn’t want to be blamed for defeating his wife again.”
To be fair, Clinton’s upcoming blame-fest isn’t all bad news for Democrats. Parnes notes that the former top diplomat won’t entirely blame her loss on Comey and Putin. No, she will continue to take full responsibility and label those who didn’t vote for her as the woman-hating sexists that they clearly are:
While the book will zero in on Russia and Comey —which Clinton believes are the two biggest contributing factors to her loss — it will also examine other factors she blames for a role in her defeat, including sexism and misogyny.
“We need to pull it out and put it in the bright light,” the former secretary of State said last month at BookExpo, one of the nation’s largest gatherings of publishing executives.
The memoir will hit the stands a little more than a year before the 2018 mid-term elections and if Parnes’ preview is a true indication of the tone and content of the book, it could very well bolster the chances of Republicans to not only retain their majorities in the House and Senate, they might even gain some seats in the upper chamber. After all, there are multiple Democrats up for reelection in states won by Trump and virtually ignored by Clinton. And those sexist, misogynistic, Russian-loving voters will be waiting to hear a message other than “We was robbed!”
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