After licking her wounds for five months, Hillary Clinton has finally surfaced to give us her take on how she managed to lose the election and talk about her [shudder] plans for the future. As a venue she chooses CNN and Christiane Amanpour. It would be hard to find a friendlier place for an interview unless she was interviewed by David Brock.
Who is to blame? Comey. Wikileaks. The Russians. All you misogynous f***s who wouldn’t vote for her.
“If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president,” Clinton told moderator Christiane Amanpour, the CNN anchor, at a Women for Women event in New York.
While Clinton said she takes “absolute personal responsibility” for losing to Trump, she did not assign any blame to her strategy or staff. Nor did she point to her own weaknesses as a candidate or the struggles by her and her team to understand the angry mood of key parts of the electorate.
Instead, Clinton said a range of external forces were responsible for her surprise defeat. She said she was a victim of misogyny and unfair treatment by the news media. And she said she was confident that she was on track to winning the election until two things reversed her momentum: the release of campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails, which were allegedly stolen by Russian hackers, and Comey’s Oct. 28 letter to Congress that he had reopened the bureau’s investigation into her use of a private email server.
Why she makes the bizarre claim about October 27 is anyone’s guess. She won the popular vote. The idea that Comey’s letter convinced blue collar whites in a handful of congressional districts in three states to not vote Hillary is truly bizarre. Besides, there were points earlier in the race where Trump was much closer than he was in late October.
This is quintessential Hillary Clinton. She’s spent her life blaming every difficulty on everyone else. This is no different. She’s unable to address the core issues that took what should have been a romp and turned it into a loss. Not the least of these issues is the fact that Hillary Clinton is a singularly unlikable and inept politician who is not only a scheming, grasping crook at heart but owes her success in life to occasionally servicing Bill Clinton. One can only hope the Democrats base their 2020 campaign on this narrative.