‘It’s not her fault!’

Hil­lary looks for ex­cuses while ig­nor­ing the fail­ings of her party

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Tammy Bruce

What a dif­fer­ence an elec­tion makes. Hil­lary Clin­ton and her team need to de­cide on a brand new slo­gan now that “I’m with her” means you’re an un­em­ployed syco­phant.

Hav­ing been crushed by Don­ald Trump mak­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tions great again, Hil­lary may want to in­au­gu­rate the less op­ti­mistic “It’s not her fault!” slo­gan, which is al­ready echo­ing through her cam­paign, me­dia, the Demo­cratic Party, and safe-space dorm rooms ev­ery­where.

Dur­ing a con­fer­ence call with donors the Satur­day af­ter the elec­tion, the wife of Mon­ica Lewin­sky’s ex-boyfriend blamed FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey for her em­bar­rass­ing and de­ci­sive loss to Mr. Trump.

Reuters re­ported, “Ac­cord­ing to two par­tic­i­pants who were on the call … [Mrs. Clin­ton] said Comey’s de­ci­sion to go pub­lic with the re­newed ex­am­i­na­tion of her email server had caused an ero­sion of sup­port in the up­per Mid­west … .”

It has ap­par­ently never oc­curred to her that if she hadn’t en­gaged in cor­rupt and pos­si­bly crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity that the FBI needed to in­ves­ti­gate, Mr. Comey wouldn’t have been in­volved at all. But, you see, noth­ing is her fault.

While Mr. Comey’s ac­tions were in­deed sur­pris­ing, blam­ing him is hog­wash. The fact is in­de­pen­dents had al­ready de­cided they didn’t want Mrs. Clin­ton as pres­i­dent and be­gan break­ing for Mr. Trump weeks be­fore Mr. Comey’s an­nounce­ment that they were re­open­ing the email in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

On Oct. 26, two days be­fore Mr. Comey’s let­ter to Congress, Fox News re­leased a poll show­ing Mrs. Clin­ton lead­ing Mr. Trump by 3 points. Most polls did show her in the lead na­tion­ally, but there was an in­ter­nal Fox News poll num­ber that sig­naled Mr. Trump’s im­pend­ing win: Three weeks ear­lier, Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clin­ton had been tied with in­de­pen­dent vot­ers 35-35 per­cent. The next week Mr. Trump was ahead by 7 points with that co­hort, and in the Oct. 26 poll, one week later, in­de­pen­dent sup­port for Mr. Trump al­most dou­bled, giv­ing him a 13-point lead, 41-28 per­cent.

In­de­pen­dents were key to the elec­tion, as were un­de­cid­eds who could be counted on to act as in­de­pen­dents as Elec­tion Day ap­proached. Exit polls show that’s ex­actly what hap­pened, as both broke for Mr. Trump.

While Mrs. Clin­ton was blam­ing Mr. Comey for her fail­ure, her sup­port­ers were blam­ing sex­ism ... of women. Sex­ism does ex­ist, of course, but for Mrs. Clin­ton it was turned into a con­ve­nient torch with which to set things on fire and hope­fully ma­nip­u­late and in­tim­i­date peo­ple into vot­ing for her, and against Mr. Trump.

In other words, Mrs. Clin­ton for­got that women have minds of their own. The fem­i­nist move­ment, even af­ter hav­ing been hi­jacked by the left, at least en­sconced in the sis­ter­hood the im­por­tance of think­ing for our­selves, and mak­ing choices that best suit us.

Yet, more often we are see­ing the se­ri­ous is­sue of fe­male vic­tim­hood be­ing weaponized by women who seek money, fame or power. It used to be some­thing to de­feat and over­come, not grow rich by. But at least in this elec­tion, that tac­tic did not work.

Women were sup­posed to be Mrs. Clin­ton’s fire­wall, like AfricanAmer­i­cans were for Barack Obama, but that didn’t hap­pen. In the key bat­tle­ground state of Florida, as an ex­am­ple, exit polls in­di­cated she led Mr. Trump with women by only 4 points.

Mr. Trump, more­over, de­feated her soundly 53-43 with white women in gen­eral and with white women with­out a col­lege de­gree by a whop­ping 28 points. Ac­cord­ing to FiveThir­tyEight.com, Mrs. Clin­ton won white women with a col­lege de­gree by a sim­ple 6 points. That’s the equiv­a­lent of leav­ing a nickel for a tip. Some­times it’s more of a state­ment than leav­ing noth­ing at all.

But don’t worry, not be­ing able to per­suade women to vote for her is not Hil­lary’s fault, it’s the “in­ter­nal­ized misog­yny” of the women who didn’t vote for her. This ac­cord­ing to Jess McIn­tosh, the di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions out­reach for the Clin­ton cam­paign, as she ex­plained to Chris Hayes on MSNBC: “In­ter­nal­ized misog­yny is a real thing and this is a thing we have to be talk­ing about as we go through and see.”

That’s right, Hil­lary’s “fem­i­nists” pre­fer to con­demn other women as self-loathing sex­ists to avoid ac­cept­ing the fact that women do want a woman pres­i­dent, they just don’t want a cor­rupt woman.

For Mr. Obama, noth­ing was his fault, ei­ther, so for once there was some­one will­ing to blame Hil­lary, which the pres­i­dent did at his last press con­fer­ence. His as­sess­ment? Hil­lary was a lazy cam­paigner.

As the Daily Mail re­ported, “Pres­i­dent Barack Obama de­liv­ered a veiled re­buke to Hil­lary Clin­ton to­day for spend­ing the sum­mer and much of the fall tak­ing it easy as Don­ald Trump barn­stormed the na­tion. The two-time Elec­toral Col­lege win­ner said he was vic­to­ri­ous in Iowa, a mostly white state, ‘not be­cause the de­mo­graph­ics dic­tated’ it, but be­cause he spent 87 days go­ing to ‘ev­ery small town and fair and fish fry and VFW hall.’ ”

The irony is Mrs. Clin­ton’s loss ac­tu­ally isn’t en­tirely her own fault; it is shared by the head of the Demo­cratic Party, Mr. Obama him­self, who used lib­eral poli­cies to de­stroy peo­ple’s lives. Hil­lary was his in­her­i­tor, seen as the in­cum­bent, and she suf­fered the price of Mr. Obama’s feck­less in­com­pe­tence. His en­dorse­ment and “pass­ing the ba­ton” to her was like stand­ing next to an ar­son­ist and hav­ing him hand you his box of matches. Yeah, peo­ple might not want more of that.

Twee­dle-Dum and Twee­dle-Dee blamed their fail­ures on the Rus­sians, Wik­iLeaks, Mr. Comey, Face­book, the me­dia and even the per­vert hus­band of a sup­pli­cant. And they won­der why we kicked them to the curb. Tammy Bruce, au­thor and Fox News con­trib­u­tor, is a ra­dio talk show host.


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