Hillary Clinton announced on Tuesday that she takes responsibility for losing the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump. Sort of.
According to the newly-defanged former Democratic leader, she takes “absolute personal responsibility” for her loss — but she adds that “I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28th and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me and got scared off. ... if the election had been on October 27, I would be your president.”
But aside from that, she takes responsibility.
She also added that places that didn't vote for her couldn't get "cell coverage for a mile."
What does she have going on next? She says, “I’m now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance.”
Really? What, exactly, is she resisting? She dragged her party down almost single-handedly in the last election cycle. Now she wants to be part of the cool kids crowd again. This is precisely what’s wrong with Clinton, and what her husband understood: you can’t hijack a popular movement with which you had nothing to do. Bernie Sanders? Maybe. Hillary Clinton? No way.
But perhaps Hillary still has 2020 ambitions. Those rumors are still floating out there, and right now the three leading 2020 candidates for the Democrats are around her age: Elizabeth Warren (67), Joe Biden (74) and Bernie Sanders (75). She’s a youthful 69. What’s to stop her from running again?
Herein lies the problem for the Democrats. All of their top names are old fogeys with no youth appeal, other than the geriatric socialist who isn’t technically a Democrat. Their youth movement, however, has no exact target — it’s just a lot of people angry about a lot of different things, complaining about the evils of patriarchal, heterosexist, cisnormative society. Hillary can’t lead that bunch.
Republicans should be excited to see Hillary back in play, just as they should be excited that Barack Obama is making a comeback. Obama and Hillary helped raze a generation of Democrats; now they’ll salt the earth.