Hillary Clinton says she won't be granting "absolution" to any person who now regrets staying home on Election Day.
According to a passage in Clinton's new book, What Happened, she's definitely adopted the Madeline Albright theory of women voters: the ones who didn't cast their ballot for Hillary Clinton are doomed to a "special place in Hell" and their High Priestess will not step in to save them from it.
“Since November, more than two dozen women — of all ages, but mostly in their twenties — had approached me in restaurants, theaters, and stores to apologize for not voting or not doing more to help my campaign,” Clinton writes. “I responded with forced smiles and tight nods.”
These women probably didn't do nothing, they just felt their sacrament of confession might be good for their soul and hers. They tried, they failed. They sought reconciliation. They were denied.
Things got worse when the confessions were forced, rather than voluntary. In one case, Clinton speaks of a woman who dragged her daughter over to Clinton and made her apologize for failing to vote on November 9th (which is weird to begin with, but whatever). With her "head bowed in contrition," the girl admitted her sins, but while Clinton was outwardly forgiving, inwardly she was seething with rage.
“I wanted to stare right in her eyes and say, ‘You didn’t vote? How could you not vote?! You abdicated your responsibility as a citizen at the worst possible time! And now you want me to make you feel better?’”Clinton wrote. “Of course I didn’t say any of that.”
"These people were looking for absolution that I just couldn’t give."
After all, it's completely their fault, right? If only a few hundred women had turned out to the polls, Hillary would have achieved the victory that was rightfully hers!
The math, of course, doesn't work out. Hillary's core demographic, older white women, voted in smaller numbers for the "First Female President" than they did for Barack Obama. And Clinton's fatal mistake was counting on free votes, even though voters clearly expected her to earn their allegiance. She simply took her people for granted. It's not their fault they didn't work harder; it's her fault she didn't work harder. She should be seeking absolution from them.
That confession, though, will probably never come.