Clin­ton says ‘no doubt’

Manila Times - - OPINION - AFP

po­lit­i­cal sur­vivor, who in a quar­ter cen­tury in pub­lic life rarely gave Amer­i­cans a per­sonal peek be­hind her pro­fes­sional ve­neer, shows a vul­ner­a­ble side in her book as she de­scribes her post-cam­paign funk.

She ad­mits that not a day goes that she doesn’t think about why she lost, and “the aching sense that I let ev­ery­one down.”

“It’s go­ing to be painful for quite a while,” Clin­ton writes.

“But I’m not go­ing to sulk or dis- ap­pear. I’m go­ing to do ev­ery­thing I can to sup­port strong Demo­cratic can­di­dates ev­ery­where.”

‘Shell-shocked’

She does not hold back in her crit­i­cism of Trump, brand­ing her bil­lion­aire neme­sis as an in­com­pe­tent, un­wor­thy, sex­ist “liar” in her book.

Clin­ton of­fers a per­sonal reck­on­ing of her elec­tion loss: how she was ex­pect­ing an easy vic­tory but was “shell-shocked” on elec­tion night; how she re­fused an­tide­pres­sants and ther­apy, but drank her fair share of “Chardon­nay;” and how she sought refuge in her fam­ily.

But the prospect of the twice Obama in the 2008 Demo­cratic pri­maries, then to Trump last year— very pub­licly foist­ing her sug­ges­tions on how to move the po­lit­i­cal de­bate for­ward has made some Democrats un­com­fort­able.

De­spite some nudg­ing by those in her party to exit the stage, Clin­ton makes clear she is keen to con­duct an au­topsy on the 2016 elec­tion.

“Peo­ple are tired. Some are trau­ma­tized” and oth­ers want to keep the fo­cus on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sia’s elec­tion in­ter­fer­ence,” she writes.

“I get all that. But it’s im­por­tant that we un­der­stand what re­ally hap­pened,” she adds. “Be­cause that’s the only way we can stop it from hap­pen­ing again.”

What Hap­pened.

Failed Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton at the start ear­lier this week of a 15-stop book-sign­ing tour for her tell-all mem­oir on the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign,

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