JUDGMENT: HILLARY’S 2016 CAMPAIGN WAS ‘DOOMED’
There’s a stark new judgment call on the 2016 election in a forthcoming book, and the title tells all: “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.” Authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes detail the former Democratic presidential hopeful’s efforts to win the White House in a story that amounts to a brutal close-up. Mr. Allen is a veteran political writer with time spent at Politico, Bloomberg News and Vox. Ms. Parnes is senior White House correspondent for The Hill — which has offered a helpful preview of the book.
“Hillary was so mad she couldn’t think straight. She was supposed to be focused on the prep session for that night’s Univision debate in Miami, but a potent mix of exhaustion and exasperation bubbled up inside. She’d been humiliated in the Michigan primary the night before, a loss that not only robbed her of a prime opportunity to put Bernie Sanders down for good but also exposed several of her weaknesses,” the authors write, offering details about the “browbeating” of staffers and the failures of pollsters.
“While the campaign projected a drama-free tenor, it was reminiscent of other moments of frustration. Months earlier, Hillary Clinton turned her fury on her consultants and campaign aides, blaming them for a failure to focus the media on her platform. In her ear the whole time, spurring her on to cast blame on others and never admit to anything, was her husband. Neither Clinton could accept the simple fact that Hillary had hamstrung her own campaign and dealt the most serious blow to her own presidential aspirations,” the authors say, noting that there was no arguing with former President Bill Clinton.
“We got an a**-chewing,” a participant said, recalling one conference call in particular.
“It was hard to tell what was worse — getting hollered at by Bill or getting scolded by the stern and self-righteous Hillary,” Ms. Parnes and Mr. Allen write.
The 480-page book arrives Tuesday. Publisher Crown advises that the action moves “blow-by-blow from the campaign’s difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night.”