Titanic campaign by Clinton

A book review describes Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as like the Titanic, she should have been unsinkable against a candidate like Trump but headed full steam for icebergs.

NY Times Books: Shattered’ Charts Hillary Clinton’s Course Into the Iceberg

In their compelling new book, “Shattered,” the journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes write that Clinton’s loss suddenly made sense of all the reporting they had been doing for a year and a half — reporting that had turned up all sorts of “foreboding signs” that often seemed at odds, in real time, with indications that Clinton was the favorite to win. Although the Clinton campaign was widely covered, and many autopsies have been conducted in the last several months, the blow-by-blow details in “Shattered” — and the observations made here by campaign and Democratic Party insiders — are nothing less than devastating, sure to dismay not just her supporters but also everyone who cares about the outcome and momentous consequences of the election.

In fact, the portrait of the Clinton campaign that emerges from these pages is that of a Titanic-like disaster: an epic fail made up of a series of perverse and often avoidable missteps by an out-of-touch candidate and her strife-ridden staff that turned “a winnable race” into “another iceberg-seeking campaign ship.”

It’s the story of a wildly dysfunctional and “spirit-crushing” campaign that embraced a flawed strategy (based on flawed data) and that failed, repeatedly, to correct course.

There was a perfect storm of other factors, of course, that contributed to Clinton’s loss, including Russian meddling in the election to help elect Trump; the controversial decision by the F.B.I. director, James Comey, to send a letter to Congress about Clinton’s emails less than two weeks before Election Day; and the global wave of populist discontent with the status quo (signaled earlier in the year by the British “Brexit” vote) that helped fuel the rise of both Trump and Bernie Sanders. In a recent interview, Clinton added that she believed “misogyny played a role” in her loss.

I doubt there was any significant misogyny involved but (I don’t know what’s this is called) there was a lot of prejudice against a badly flawed and poorly performing candidate.

“Shattered” underscores Clinton’s difficulty in articulating a rationale for her campaign (other than that she was not Donald Trump).

She seemed to think she could win simply by letting Trump lose, but when hit by the Comey thunderbolt she had nothing alternative to combat it with.

In chronicling these missteps, “Shattered” creates a picture of a shockingly inept campaign hobbled by hubris and unforced errors, and haunted by a sense of self-pity and doom, summed up in one Clinton aide’s mantra throughout the campaign: “We’re not allowed to have nice things.”

Clinton stuffed up big time. The climax of her political career is losing to what should have been an unelectable candidate.


  1. Gezza

     /  April 18, 2017

    It’s virtually irrelevant analysing why she lost now. Towards the end of the campaign all of the things that she & Bill had ever done that looked dodgy or questionable or just plain dishonest had been well-aired & added up to making her look unprincipled, untrustworthy, & shallow. Too many people were fed up with everything about their lot & their polotical system. I can’t recall what Hillary said she was going to do if elected. Love him or hate, believe him or not, we all knew what Trump said he was going to do.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 18, 2017

    Sounds as though this is just being wise after the event. There were predictions of a Republican win irrespective of candidates just from historic political and economic factors and trends. The Democratic media would have demonized any Republican candidate by whatever means they could find that worked. Likewise the Republicans would have smeared and ridiculed any Democrat. This kind of analysis is little more than entertainment.

  3. Huzzah! Hillary was a shit candidate is the analysis – its only been written a thousand times since the election night loss….

    • MaureenW

       /  April 19, 2017

      A book that describes what those not enamoured with Clinton, could clearly see. No policies, no political message – just her and won’t it be great when she becomes the first woman president of USA (choke). Crowds of 25,000 were going out to see Trump whereas Clinton was lucky to get 50 people who wanted to listen to her. The only surprise of that election was for the media who picked her with a 98% chance to win and her (the unelectable elephant in the room).

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