18 rea­sons why Hil­lary lost

She ex­pands her list of vil­lains to nearly every­body

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Hil­lary Clin­ton con­tin­ues to dis­cover how she failed twice to be­come “the in­evitable pres­i­dent,” the sec­ond time by blow­ing the elec­tion that all the politi­cians, pun­dits, poll­sters and con­sul­tants said she couldn’t lose. Hil­lary has de­vel­oped a spe­cial gift at this.

She ear­lier had said that James Comey, then the direc­tor of the FBI, and John Podesta’s pil­fered emails were the only rea­sons why she was so soundly thumped by Don­ald Trump, but at a tech­nol­ogy con­fer­ence ear­lier this week she ex­panded her list of heart­less vil­lains to 18. These in­clude Face­book, Twit­ter, the Rus­sians, the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee, racism, misog­yny, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, voter sup­pres­sion, The New York Times, Steve Ban­non, Google, and “the me­dia.” Does that make 18 yet?

She ex­cluded from blame toe­nail fun­gus, the heart­break of pso­ri­a­sis, and, of course, her­self. De­cent, kind-hearted Amer­i­cans can only be happy that daugh­ter Chelsea’s cat, Socks, did not live long enough to see what hap­pened to Amer­ica’s first fam­ily of po­lit­i­cal plun­der.

Fake news ru­ined her cam­paign, too. She doesn’t want any­one to for­get fake news. “The Rus­sians, in my opin­ion,” she said, “and based on the in­tel and counter-in­tel peo­ple I’ve talked to, could not have known how best to weaponize that in­for­ma­tion un­less they had been guided by Amer­i­cans.”

Sexism, too. “I think a lot of peo­ple didn’t be­lieve those of us who were yelling that it was hard to elect a woman pres­i­dent,” her cam­paign’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions direc­tor of out­reach, tells New York mag­a­zine, in sup­port of his erst­while boss.

She was at the mercy of re­al­ity, Hil­lary told the con­fer­ence (only she didn’t call it re­al­ity in so many words), in the ac­counts of sev­eral jour­nal­ists who were there. She com­plained that she in­her­ited “noth­ing” from the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee. “It was bank­rupt.” It was a sad tale.

Only the un­kind and un­kempt would try to rub a loser’s face in the de­bris of a cam­paign that couldn’t wait to blow it­self up, tak­ing the can­di­date with it. Los­ing is never easy, and though Hil­lary had been through a los­ing cam­paign be­fore, be­ing there again was no fun.

Throw­ing rocks and spit­balls at ev­ery­one who was there with her will make it dif­fi­cult for old friends to rally to her if she ever wants to run for some­thing again, as she has hinted broadly she might. One such friend says — anony­mously, for now — that he speaks for nearly ev­ery­one un­der the bus when he says he thinks the former al­most pres­i­dent should re­turn to her long walks in the woods, “and go as deep into the woods as she can make it.”

That seems a harsh way to treat a lit­tle lady, putting her at the mercy of a big bad wolf, but pol­i­tics is not a bed­time story. It’s a con­tact sport, and even a late hit is some­times part of the game.

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