Why Won't Hillary Clinton Just Go Away?!
The Hillary stories just don't stop. Who cares anymore? You lost -- twice. So go away.
But the media has decided to feed on her dead political body, and after her humiliating loss, there doesn't appear to be much danger in doing so.
Now comes a new book, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, written by political journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. And it gets pretty dark, but also funny: The reporters write like they were shocked to learn that a dysfunctional campaign headed by egotistical narcissists couldn't win; shocked that while they saw a campaign careening toward defeat, the polls and mainstream media all saw Hillary Clinton cruising to victory.
One portion of the book paints Hillary as profoundly sorry for letting the party -- nay, America -- down, according to The Daily Mail.
Hillary Clinton phoned Barack Obama on election night after conceding defeat and told him: ‘I’m sorry’.
The Democratic Presidential candidate stepped into an anteroom for the conversation to apologize for losing to Donald Trump in a conversation which has never previously been reported.
As she took the call Clinton knew she had ‘let her country down’ and that Obama’s legacy lay ‘shattered at Donald Trump’s feet’, a new book reveals.
Minutes earlier Clinton had called Trump and suppressed ‘the anger that touched every nerve in her body’ as she conceded.
She said: ‘Congratulations, Donald. ‘I’ll be supportive of the country’s success and that means your success as president.’
That notion of a humble and gracious loser is later reiterated. "As Hillary thumbed through the pages, the [concession] speech struck her as tone-deaf. It’s too charged, she thought, too political. ... ‘Look I really just want to concede gracefully, wish him the best thank everybody, and get off the stage ... This is not a moment for me to do more than that.’ "
The chances that she actually said or did that (we know) are remote. But this is all part of reformatting Hillary 2.0. You think she won't be back? Oh, she'll be back.
Still, the book shows us the Hillary we really know. The Mail says Hillary "downloaded emails sent and received by her top staff from her failed run for the Presidency in 2008 to see who had been plotting against her."
The Democratic presidential candidate obtained the emails from her campaign server to see who had been disloyal and who had been leaking against her.
Armed with this she held meetings with the staffers to try to determine what went wrong during the election - with the aides apparently unaware she had been reading their messages.
The extraordinary claim puts the scandal over Clinton’s use of a personal email server, which dogged her presidential campaign, in a new light.
It also shows how little she trusted even those closest to her not to conspire against her behind her back.
Yet another section of the book lays out how Hillary blamed everyone but herself. And husband Bill also got in on the blame game.
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.
That state of denial would become more obvious than ever to her top aides and consultants during one conference call in the thick of the public discussion of her server. Joel Benenson, Mandy Grunwald, Jim Margolis, John Anzalone, John Podesta, Mook, Huma Abedin and Dan Schwerin were among the small coterie who huddled in Abedin’s mostly bare corner office overlooking the East River at the campaign’s Brooklyn headquarters. Hillary and Bill, who rarely visited, joined them by phone.
Hillary’s severe, controlled voice crackled through the line first. It carried the sound of a disappointed teacher or mother delivering a lecture before a whipping. That back end was left to Bill, who lashed out with abandon. Eyes cast downward, stomachs turning — both from the scare tactics and from their own revulsion at being chastised for Hillary’s failures — Hillary’s talented and accomplished team of professionals and loyalists simply took it. There was no arguing with Bill Clinton.
You haven’t buried this thing, the ruddy-cheeked former president rasped. You haven’t figured out how to get Hillary’s core message to the voters. This has been dragging on for months, he thundered, and nothing you’ve done has made a damn bit of difference. Voters want to hear about Hillary’s plans for the economy, and you’re not making that happen. Now, do your damn jobs.
“We got an ass-chewing,” one of the participants recalled months later.
Hillary came back on the line to close the lecture. It was hard to tell what was worse — getting hollered at by Bill or getting scolded by the stern and self-righteous Hillary. Neither was pleasant. You heard him, she admonished. “Get it straight.”