TEAM CLIN­TON FIGHTS TO RE­VISE ELEC­TION NAR­RA­TIVE

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Things are not as they seem. After los­ing the 2016 elec­tion, Hil­lary Clin­ton gave a sin­gle speech, then made a few strate­gic ap­pear­ances as a pri­vate cit­i­zen on na­ture walks or brows­ing in lo­cal book­stores. But her cam­paign is still per­co­lat­ing with vigor, now re­cal­i­brated to re­vise the elec­tion nar­ra­tive.

Clin­ton al­lies are al­ready “bend­ing the sto­ry­line in their fa­vor through a con­certed me­dia of­fen­sive” to un­der­mine Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump says U.S. News and World Re­port se­nior po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst David Can­tanese.

“The Clin­ton cam­paign’s stun­ning and largely un­fore­seen loss has only hard­ened its own re­solve to win the post-mortem of how it hap­pened. In the six weeks since the elec­tion, her aides have cited white supremacy, FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey, the ap­par­ent Rus­sian hack­ing of cam­paign emails and a delin­quent press corps as pri­mary rea­sons for Clin­ton’s loss,” Mr. Can­tanese con­tin­ues. “While the mes­sag­ing has evolved, the mo­tive has be­com­ing strik­ingly ap­par­ent: It’s an un­re­pen­tant ef­fort to dele­git­imize Don­ald Trump and ab­solve Clin­ton of the lion’s share of elec­toral li­a­bil­ity.” The march of his­tory may not fa­vor such ef­forts.

“Their in­tent to try to re­write the his­tory books is su­per ob­vi­ous. The his­tory books are not writ­ten by losers. She lost the elec­tion be­cause she broke the law and didn’t bother to cam­paign in swing states. She’s got no­body to blame but her­self,” vet­eran Repub­li­can con­sul­tant Chip Eng­lan­der told Mr. Can­tanese.

Amer­i­cans — ready to move on and make their na­tion great again — al­ready ap­pear im­mune to a com­plex blame game and legacy restora­tion project.

Sean Lester, a con­trib­u­tor to The Fed­er­al­ist and a self-de­scribed “mem­ber of the po­lit­i­cal left,” says he has been put off by the es­ca­lat­ing “ab­sur­dist alarmism” about Mr. Trump em­a­nat­ing from his own side of the aisle.

“I find my­self de­fend­ing Trump from what I see as a stun­ning lack of hon­esty, ob­jec­tiv­ity, or rea­son from the party that’s sup­posed to be on the side of facts, ed­u­ca­tion, science, and a com­pas­sion­ate moral high ground,” Mr. Lester ob­serves.

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Many say Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign has been re­cal­i­brated to re­vise the elec­tion nar­ra­tive and pro­tect her po­lit­i­cal legacy.

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