Clinton excuses again

I don’t know why Hillary Clinton has chosen to launch another round of excuses for losing the presidential election, but she doesn’t seem to be scoring much sympathy.

Fox News: Clinton says she takes responsibility for loss to Trump — but blames plenty

Hillary Clinton says she’s not running for president again, but she may be running out of excuses for why she lost the White House to President Trump.

Former FBI Director James Comey, Facebook, The New York Times, Russia, WikiLeaks, misogyny, the pressure of high expectations and the Democratic National Committee have been among the people, organizations and attitudes Clinton has saddled with responsibility in recent days for her stunning November loss.

Clinton, who has said she’s writing another book, has often told her interviewers she takes “absolute personal responsibility” for the loss. However, in other questions, she’s spread the blame liberally.

This time she let rip at the Democrat Party.

The former Democratic standard-bearer was perhaps her most forthcoming at Recode, even slamming her party for an inept election operation.

“It was bankrupt, it was on the verge of insolvency, its data was mediocre to poor, non-existent, wrong,” Clinton said. “I had to inject money into it – the DNC – to keep it going.”

The media were a factor that had to be managed, but that worked for and against both candidates.

Clinton on Wednesday night also took aim at The New York Times – typically viewed as a left-leaning publication – for treating her secret server scandal “like it was Pearl Harbor.”

James Comey’s intervention obviously damaged Clinton’s chances but that was because she was already on shaky ground.

And the man in charge of that server investigation, Comey, didn’t escape Clinton’s wrath, either – particularly at issue for Clinton was the letter Comey sent to Congress late in the campaign announcing new evidence in the case may have been discovered. Comey ultimately never recommended Clinton be prosecuted.

Then a Clayton’s excuse:

“I take responsibility for every decision I make – but that’s not why I lost,” Clinton said Wednesday at the Recode Code Conference in California.

She lost because she and her campaign were not good enough against one of the most flawed and vulnerable opponents imaginable.

Chris Cillizza at CNN: In election blame game, it’s time for Hillary Clinton to take her share

Hillary Clinton’s list of who’s to blame for her 2016 election loss gets longer with every passing day.

On Wednesday, in an interview with Recode’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Clinton added a few more names to her list: The New York Times and the Democratic National Committee. That’s in addition to the media, James Comey, Donald Trump, the Russians and her supporters’ assumptions that she would win the race.

The one person missing from that list? Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Sure, in her Recode interview, Clinton made passing reference — as she has done in her other post-election appearances — to the idea that she made mistakes.

“I take responsibility for every decision I make — but that’s not why I lost,” she said.

The first half of that sentence is pure politician speak; the second half is what Clinton really believes.

Whining over half a year later is not going to change the result, and worse, it is unlikely to help the Democrats move on and sort themselves out.

The truth of the matter is this: Hillary Clinton’s name was at the top of the campaign and signed on the checks her staff received. It was her decision to set up a private email server and exclusively use it for her communications as secretary of state — the first person in her position to do that.

She was the one who kept giving high-paid speeches to the likes of Goldman Sachs even after it was clear she was going to run for president. (“They paid me,” Clinton explained Wednesday.)

She was the one who struggled to grasp — despite the repeated warnings of her staff — that the email issue was causing her major image problems on questions of honesty and trustworthiness.

She was the one who struggled to put away a once-quixotic challenge by Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary.

She was the one who premised her entire general election strategy on the idea that once voters knew who Trump was and what he said, they would have no choice but to vote for her.

She’s the one who decided against visiting Wisconsin even one time between the Democratic convention and the general election.

All of those things played roles — you can debate how big or how small — in her loss. And Clinton had control of every single one.

There’s something worse than a loser in politics – a sore loser who won’t accept their failings and flaws.

And the more Clinton goes on and on making excuses and blaming everyone and everything else for her failure the worse it gets.

12 Comments

  1. Missy

     /  June 2, 2017

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 2, 2017

    A new poll would likely find Trump beating Clinton even more decisively than the last.

    • Gezza

       /  June 2, 2017

      A new poll would quite likely see Marge Simpson beating both of them, imo, Al. After the last few decades, America’s grand, best constitutional democratic system in the world, with all its *Cheques & Balances*, has become a flaming circus.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 2, 2017

        I look forward to Marge winning the Democratic nomination, G.

        • Gezza

           /  June 2, 2017

          She’d be the best they could come up with at the mo, Al. Doubt they could do any butter.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  June 2, 2017

            Can’t butter that one, G.

    • Conspiratoor

       /  June 2, 2017

      One of the innovations I’d like to flesh out a little Al, is the polling org that called the swing states correctly by asking ‘who are your neighbors voting for? ‘. This neutralized the phenomenon of the ‘shy trump voter’ (STV)

  3. PDB

     /  June 2, 2017

    It’s getting to become quite a list….

    *The Russians
    *Sabotage’ by persons unknown
    *James Comey
    *WikiLeaks
    *DNC money problems
    *DNC disorganization
    *DNC data being “really really bad”.
    *Misogyny
    *Social media esp. Facebook
    *MSM (especially the NYT of all papers)
    *Voter suppression
    *Smear campaigns
    *Press beat-up over the emails saga
    *Bernie Sanders for his part in the emails saga
    *Scott Walker
    *Expectations she would win
    *Voter apathy
    *Racists
    *’Weaponisation of information’
    *Anthony Weiner
    *Donald Trump

    • MaureenW

       /  June 2, 2017

      She seems to be well covering her bases for when the real shit hits the fan. I can’t think of any other reason she would be doing this – she is now unelectable under any circumstances

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 2, 2017

      Ordinary Americans must be thinking “Thank God this whinging woman is not our President.”

  4. ” House investigation into improper intelligence gathering gained momentum this week after subpoenas were issued for records on three Obama administration political appointees.

    U.S. officials said the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence this week ordered the National Security Agency, FBI, and CIA to produce records on all requests made by the three senior officials for the names of Americans redacted in electronic intercepts of conversations of foreign officials, said U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

    The newest target of the investigation that began in March is former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, a long-time Obama confidant.

    The other two being probed as part of the committee’s investigation into potentially improper political spying are former CIA Director John Brennan and former White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice.”
    This is the opening stanzas of bad news for the intelligence community especially for the CIA and the NSA whose politicalisation by the then heads of CIA (Brennan, and NSA (Clapper?” will be laid out for all to see. The lack of MSM coverage of this investigation is also consistent with the MSM collective mission to avoid the slightest hint of illegality on the part of Obama. The full article id here” http://freebeacon.com/national-security/house-subpoenas-elevate-probe-improper-intelligence-surveillance/
    The other comment of interest is the absence of any follow up on Democrat member Adam Schiff form California by the House Ethics Committee after Schiff revealed highly classified information about the intercepted conversation between Flynn and the Russian Ambassador.
    The most significant leak was the article in the New York Times on 1 March that revealed US officials were listening in on conversations in the Kremlin. That is treason.

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