JUDG­MENT: HIL­LARY’S 2016 CAM­PAIGN WAS ‘DOOMED’

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

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.”

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