Hillary Clinton’s concession speech was so unlike her. To concede anything- that she had lost, that the loss was her fault entirely- is simply not in her nature. So, a return to form in a now-infamous interview on PBS News Hour meant that all was right in the world:
But Hillary’s ongoing blame game has become the unshakeable ball-and-chain that the Democratic Party would love to see just go away. Fortunately, Hillary won’t let it go away, as she has announced that she is set to release a yet-untitled memoir in which she professes to let readers into her mind as the election unfolded. For accuracy’s sake Barnes and Noble will be filing it on the same aisle as Stephen King’s latest release.
Those with knowledge of the book’s likely contents have forecasted more of the same. There will be no revelations of personal responsibility for the way things unfolded. There will be no admission that her health, concerns about her integrity, or a longstanding pattern of flip-flopping on some of her core issues were to blame. Because, as Hillary said during her PBS spot, “I take responsibility for every decision I made, but that’s not why I lost.”
What readers will find in the memoir, according to The Hill’s Amie Parnes, are indictments of the voting base that includes charges of misogyny and sexism. They will read a revival of the Clinton-borne narrative that former FBI Director James Comey somehow conspired with Russian operatives to rob her of her rightful spot in the Oval Office. They will read the same old storylines that Clinton so wishes to be true.
The memoir represents the latest chapter in Clinton’s compulsive efforts to clear her name of any wrongdoing, primarily the cardinal Clinton sin: losing an election fair and square. But it also will serve as further testament to the reality that Hillary Clinton is not going to go away quietly.
The strained dynamic that has emerged post-election between Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party is difficult to digest. Ever since revelations that she directed the rigging of the Democratic primary process, the party’s view of the woman they once viewed as savior has been marred by mistrust. And it has become increasingly marked by public jabs at Hillary’s inability to win:
“When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told The Washington Post. “So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.”
And, despite the Democratic Party’s latching onto the Russia narrative (let’s be honest, it’s all they had to keep the Trump hate roiling post-election), it seems apparent that the party has no intention of trotting Hillary out in 2020. Considering the self-inflicted wounds that submarined her 2016 run, this would be the definition of political insanity.
More viable candidates abound within the party, and considering the dearth of qualified candidates on the Democratic side, this statement is not to be taken lightly. Governors Terry McAuliffe (VA), John Hickenlooper (CO), and Andrew Cuomo (NY) represent just three of the candidates who are more electable than Clinton.
Joe Biden seems like the more obvious contender, which he essentially said himself:
“You didn’t hear a single solitary sentence in the last campaign about that guy working on the assembly line making $60,000 a year and a wife making $32,000 as a hostess…I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate.”
Hillary does not seem to have any apparent utility to her party, which makes her staying power even more perplexing. Outside of Clinton Foundation funding and other behind-the-scenes string-pulling, Hillary’s incessant lingering seems to serve as nothing but a dark cloud looming over her party.
The unveiling of a “new” Democratic Party agenda was as hollow as one could expect from the party lacking a true set of principles and political ideals. But the underlying message within the “Better Deal”, rolled out earlier this week, is that this is no longer the party of Hillary Clinton. It is time to move on to new candidates and “new” policies.
But, Hillary has not gotten the hint.
She continues to do anything to remain relevant, becoming a walking example of ‘any press is good press’ in the process:
“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.
Hillary’s cluelessness in campaigning gave voters the image that she was surrounded by yes-men, and that dissent or constructive criticism were not welcome. The result was a continued trail of inexplicable behavior by Clinton- the Snapchat account, the Nae-Nae-ing – that left the country with one thought: this chick is crazy.
Her behavior in the wake of her legacy-defining loss has not wavered one bit:
“We need to pull (the book) 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.
Her endgame is unclear. She must know she is not going to change anybody’s minds by repeating the same narratives she and her media allies have been spouting for months. She must know that a presidential run in 2020 is out of the question.
She must know that her party would be best served if she just went away