Hillary Clinton didn't just lose in 2016, she got humiliated, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory by delivering a message that was so far afield from where average Americans are that they up and elected a narcissistic egomaniac who's a reality TV star.
But in her mind, her stunning loss was everyone else's fault: Barack Obama didn't work hard enough to sell her; Sen. Bernie Sanders stayed in the race too long, dividing Democrats' then-FBI Director James Comey derailed her campaign just as it was rolling; and, of course, those pesky Russians somehow got to Ma and Pa Kettle in Appleton, Wisc., and made them vote for Donald Trump.
Ever since her loss, she's been blaming everyone but herself. And that narrative will continue when she puts out a new book in September.
“She really believes that’s why she lost, and she wants to explain why in no uncertain terms,” a person close to Hillary told The Hill. “She wants the whole story out there from her own perspective. I think a lot of people are going to be really surprised by how much she reveals.”
That source says the book will be a “bombshell.”
The summary on Amazon signals that Hillary will try to rewrite history.
For the first time, Hillary Clinton reveals what she was thinking during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. In an intimate voice now free from the constraints of politics, Hillary tells the story of what it was like to be the first woman nominated for president in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, kooky theatrics, Russian interference, a maddening inattention to serious issues, deplorable (yes, deplorable) bigotry, and an opponent who broke all the rules.
In these pages, Hillary describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and what the experience has taught her about life. With humor and candor, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet—the rituals, the relationships, and occasional yelling at the television.
She also addresses the challenges of being a strong woman in public life, the criticism over her voice, age, and body, and how all women in politics confront a double standard whenever they express anger or ambition. Drawing upon the inspirational quotations she has collected for decades, she shows us how she became strong in the first place, how to find your core truths, and how to keep going in the face of adversity. In that sense, her book is a guide not just for how to persist in politics but also how to win in the real contest of life.
Hillary Clinton lost an election but she remains unbroken and undefeated. This memoir is for the millions of Americans who want to understand what really happened in 2016, how to make sense of it, and how we all can keep going.
Oh, right, sexism. We forgot sexism lost Hillary the White House. Oh, and bigotry.
Of course, Hillary's continuing version of why she lost runs counter to the new titular leader of the Democrats, Sen. Chuck Schumer. “When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself,” Schumer said this week. “So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.”
The Democrats have been trying out new slogans for the 2018 campaign and beyond. One is: "I mean, have you seen the other guys?"
So, yeah, Hillary's book will certainly help the Democrats move on from 2016.