WASHINGTON, September 17, 2017 — Failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is an old-fashioned American. She personifies legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne’s dictum, “Show me a gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure.”
What she lacks in electoral success – losing to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic Primaries and again to Donald Trump in the 2016 general election – Hillary more than makes up for in the ungracious loser department.
Promoting her new book “What Happened,” Politico reports that “Democratic operatives can’t stand the thought of her [Clinton] picking the scabs of 2016,” fearing she will alienate the leftist Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren fringe of her party ahead of next year’s midterm elections.
And there are those among her Brooklyn campaign that describe Clinton’s book tour as “the final torture,” said Politico.
She and her more dedicated surrogates say those who did not vote for her are among the new-and-improved right-wing-conspiracy or Alt-Right. They are racist, sexist, uneducated know-nothings who eschew the wit and wisdom of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow as well as the sage advice of the New York Times’ editorial board.
They are among the growing army of nonconformists unmoved by popular culture’s daily transmitted marching orders.
And these nonconformists aren’t enamored with Republicans either.
Despite the GOP’s tight, controlling grip on Washington, zero progress has been made concerning the repeal of hated Obamacare and lowering America’s economy-crippling tax rates.
These nonconformists now know that Republican promises – especially those of conservatives – are a lot like the babies GOP politicians kiss every election cycle, only to throw out with the proverbial bathwater once elected.
And a majority of nonconformists believe much of what they read in newspapers or see on T.V. news is fake.
Hillary Clinton was chosen by Democratic Party elites, who rigged their primaries in her favor because they believed her to be untouchable. For nearly two decades, she deftly defended herself and her husband against the attacks that arose with every Clinton scandal.
She was a winner as untouchable as New York’s “Teflon Don,” John Gotti. But what was true for Gotti was true for Hillary: a jury of her peers examined the evidence and found her guilty.
The constitutional mechanism faced by every president since George Washington, the Electoral College, relegated Mrs. Clinton to a fate worse than prison. She is on the ignominious and lonely road to obscurity.
We are told again and again that the election of Donald Trump as president was a signal that Americans had given in to fear, hate, and distrust.
In reality, the nonconformists have done more than grown distrustful of isms and the post-constitutional institutions of 20th-century big government.
They have grown more trusting of themselves.