Only them­selves to blame

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

With the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion now more than 40 days in our rearview mir­ror, the Demo­cratic Party con­tin­ues to play its ver­sion of po­lit­i­cal whack-a-mole with ex­cuses of how and why Hil­lary Clin­ton lost to Don­ald Trump. When a good foot­ball coach talks to the press af­ter a loss, he doesn’t blame his of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, spe­cial teams coach, list of in­jured play­ers, or the ref­er­ees. He takes the heat him­self.

The Democrats, from the top down, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Obama and Mrs. Clin­ton her­self, have tried to hit every ‘mole’ on the board as to how this hap­pened. We’ve heard them cite nu­mer­ous rea­sons: James Comey, un­fair me­dia cov­er­age, Wik­ileaks, Mrs. Clin­ton won more pop­u­lar votes than Mr. Trump. The lat­est is that Rus­sians did Mrs. Clin­ton in. The old my-dog-ate-my-bal­lots bit won’t work, although Mrs. Clin­ton did sign onto re­count ef­forts.

The left never says that if Mrs. Clin­ton hadn’t used a pri­vate server dur­ing her ten­ure as sec­re­tary of State, there would have been no FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Maybe the me­dia would have been more friendly if Mrs. Clin­ton had held a real press con­fer­ence now and then, or if she had vis­ited Wis­con­sin in­stead of fundrais­ing in Hol­ly­wood and New York. The list of rea­sons for her loss is long.

Don­ald Trump won 306 elec­toral col­lege votes, in­clud­ing in the Demo­cratic strongholds of Wis­con­sin, Michi­gan and Penn­syl­va­nia. He was a bet­ter (if flawed) can­di­date than Mrs. Clin­ton and ran a much bet­ter cam­paign than she did. Still, I bet Mrs. Clin­ton and her Demo­cratic friends will con­tinue to make ex­cuses even as they watch Mr. Trump take the oath of of­fice.


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