It’s been a full 203 days since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election in a stunner to real estate mogul and former reality star Donald Trump, and yet the former secretary of state has been unable to come to terms with the defeat, let alone accept her status as politically irrelevant.
Hillary is running on fumes of delusions of grandeur and propping herself up with wild excuse-making.
In an interview with New York Magazine, an image of Hillary’s irrelevance post-2016 Election Day is painted in vivid colors when writer Rebecca Traister depicts the former first lady “working” on May 10:
“Clinton checks with her communications director, Nick Merrill, about what’s happened in the past hour — she’s been exercising — and listens to the barrage of updates, nodding like a person whose job requires her to be up-to-date on what’s happening, even though it does not.”
As concisely put by The New York Post’s Maureen Calahan: “Formerly one of the most powerful women in the world, [Hillary’s] now a disgraced ex-pol casting about for influence, engaged in some light grifting, still surrounded by sycophantic and unpaid ex-staffers, attempting to write her memoirs, reporting to her offices in New York City where nothing ever happens, and establishing another foundation.”
In other words, Hill, unable or unwilling to leave the padded-walled, mirror-free Hillary World, can’t take a hint. It’s over.
The in-depth look at Hillary from NY Mag continues to expose the cracks via photographs: Images of Hillary watching CNN, aptly dubbed the Clinton News Network by conservatives privy to their overwhelming bias; a photo of the Democrat solo, reading through mail from supporters, a visual sure to evoke pity from even ruthless opponents; “Selfies with Hillary,” and all that that implies; and the fallen politician longingly peering out of her Midtown office with no work on her desk to be found.
And then there’s the pathological excuse-making for her downfall; no one can blame others as well as Queen Hill.
Matter-of-factly, Hillary pours the blame on former FBI Director James Comey, “the Russians” and Republican-enabled voter suppression all in one breath. It’s actually quite impressive.
“I would have won had I not been subjected to the unprecedented attacks by Comey and the Russians, aided and abetted by the suppression of the vote, particularly in Wisconsin,” she says.
Then there’s WikiLeaks, the “minions,” who are presumably those “deplorables” she referenced in prepared remarks during the election, and the “right-wing media.”
“Clinton says she thinks she ‘underestimated WikiLeaks and the impact that had, because I thought it was so silly.’ Those hacked emails, dripped out over weeks, says Clinton, ‘were innocuous, boring, inconsequential. And each one was played like it was some breathless flash. And so you got Trump, in the last month of the campaign, talking about WikiLeaks something like 164 times; you’ve got all his minions out there, you’ve got the right-wing media just blowing it up. You’ve got Google searches off the charts.'”
Continuing the masterful blame-game, Hillary discusses the media bias against Don–. Oh, that’s right, she believes the media were biased against her.
“Look, we have an advocacy press on the right that has done a really good job for the last 25 years. They have a mission. They use the rights given to them under the First Amendment to advocate a set of policies that are in their interests, their commercial, corporate, religious interests,” the privilege politician whines. “Because the advocacy media occupies the right, and the center needs to be focused on providing as accurate information as possible. Not both-sides-ism and not false equivalency.”
Hillary also blamed sexism for the loss, which she has done repeatedly since November 8.
Adding to the already lengthy list of those responsible for her inability to campaign her way out of a paper bag, Hillary reportedly went off on the Democratic National Committee for their inadequate “data operation” and the Democrat Party in general at the Recode’s Code Conference in California, on Wednesday.
“I’m now the nominee of the Democratic Party. I inherit nothing from the Democratic Party,” said Hillary. “It was bankrupt, it was on the verge of insolvency, its data was mediocre to poor, non-existent, wrong. I had to inject money into it — the DNC — to keep it going.”
“I take responsibility for every decision I make,” she said, “but that’s not why I lost.”
So, to recap, here’s the short-list of who and what is responsible for Hillary’s defeat:
1. FBI Director James Comey
3. Republican-enabled voter suppression
6. Right-wing media
9. Democrat Party
As you might have noticed, missing from that feel-good blame exercise was little old Hillary, one of the most scandal-ridden and charisma-deficient presidential candidates in modern history.
Peddling back to her delusions of grandeur, Hillary boasted about beating both Donald Trump and wild-haired socialist Bernie Sanders. “I beat both of them,” she bragged.
Of course, Hillary’s popular vote “win” in the 2016 election is about as relevant as she is now. And her win against Democratic opponent Sanders came with much help from the media, as exposed by WikiLeaks, and the those sweet Super Delegates.
The only thing real in Hillary World is her delusion.