CHARLOTTE, NC, May 4, 2017 – It’s been raining in Mudville since the mighty Casey struck out last November. Every now and then Hillary Clinton pops up like a turtle looking for some sunshine, but those dark clouds of doubt and suspicion continue to loom over her head after two major losses with the best “pitching staff” in politics.
Speaking at a “Women for Women International” conference in New York earlier this week, Clinton blamed herself for her stunning defeat in November. The “blame game” didn’t last long, however, and by the time Clinton was halfway through her next sentence, it was obvious that everyone else had caused her downfall.
This brought out the rancor from numerous members of Clinton’s normally loyal bastion of media, who took the former first lady to task for even suggesting the idea.
“I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on Oct. 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off,” said Clinton.
Though Clinton was probably accurate about the impact that Comey and Wikileaks had on her campaign in its waning days, she also failed to detail her own miscalculations of not going to Wisconsin, starting too late in Michigan and losing the confidence of voters in Pennsylvania.
Add in the fact that, while she was arguably the best-known candidate in the field, Clinton is also a lightning rod who is not trusted. When you reach the final tally, there are plenty of other factors besides Comey and Wikileaks that “done done her in.”
Normally a Clinton admirer, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell wrapped it up in a neat little package when she asked, “What about her responsibility for failing to have a better message?”
CNN host Dana Bash weighed in saying “for Hillary Clinton–to the frustration of a lot of her supporters–that includes being somebody who has some difficulty taking responsibility for what happens.”
Joe Scarborough at MSNBC was the most vocal in his response when he said, “That was pathetic. I’ll say it…I’ll get killed. Everybody I’ve talked to, Democrats, independents, Republicans, and the like said that was pathetic.”
Co-host Mika Brzezinski added “The fact that she is so strongly saying this now so many months after the election, it shows that this arrogance and the sense that this was a coronation was so ingrained in her, that she still can’t believe it today.”
Truth be known, Hillary Clinton isn’t the only person who has yet to come to grips with the outcome. Chances are that while the decibel level of the out-roar of dissent over the past several months may decline, the discontent will be a constant reminder that Donald Trump is in the White House now, and will remain there until the next election.
For Democrats living in Mudville where Casey was invincible, this strike-out was particularly devastating.
For those who survived, now living in the sunshine of a post-Obama era with no Hillary Clinton in sight, the popular phrase these days is “At this point, what difference does it make?”
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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