“Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” by political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, is soon to be released next week. It should be an interesting read and ‘tell all’ of Hillary’s 2016 presidential campaign collapsing and I’m sure there will be several scenarios of Hillary’s epic tantrums that seemed to plague her campaign.
Of course we all know, both Hillary and Bill were in total denial of accepting the fact that Hillary was her own worst enemy. How could she not be after Benghazi and her private email server scandal.
During his Wednesday show, talk-radio superstar Rush Limbaugh called the book a “devastating look at the Clinton campaign.”
“It focuses and highlights all of the infighting, the very low morale, the lack of trust between Hillary and her many staffers, the intervention of Bill Clinton trying to save the day and failing, all of the heated exchanges,” Limbaugh said. “And the book doesn’t say one thing about the Russians being responsible for any of it.”
Limbaugh continued: “[The book] confirms what many people have speculated, that it was a bunch of people thinking they were guaranteed to win, nobody working really hard, nobody thinking very straight about it. It’s a fascinating read.”
Shattered” explains: “The underlying truth – the one that many didn’t want to admit to themselves – was the person ultimately responsible for these decisions, the one whose name was on the ticket, hadn’t corrected these problems, all of which had been brought to her attention before primary day. She’d stuck with the plan, and it had cost her.”
H/T The Hill:
The following is an excerpt adapted from “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” which will be released on April 18. Copyright © 2017 by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. Published by Crown, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.
‘We Got An Ass-Chewing’
Hillary was so mad she couldn’t think straight. She was supposed to be focused on the prep session for that night’s Univision debate in Miami, but a potent mix of exhaustion and exasperation bubbled up inside.
She’d been humiliated in the Michigan primary the night before, a loss that not only robbed her of a prime opportunity to put Bernie Sanders down for good but also exposed several of her weaknesses. How could she have been left so vulnerable? She knew — or at least she thought she did. The blame belonged to her campaign team, she believed, for failing to hone her message, energize important constituencies and take care of business in getting voters to the polls. And now, Jake Sullivan, her de facto chief strategist, was giving her lip about the last answer she’d delivered in the prep session.
“That’s not very good,” Sullivan corrected.
“Really?” Hillary snapped back.
The room fell silent.
“Why don’t you do it?”
The comment was pointed and sarcastic, but she meant it. So for the next 30 minutes, there he was, pretending to be Hillary while she critiqued his performance.
Every time the Yale lawyer and former high school debate champ opened his mouth, Hillary cut him off. “That isn’t very good,” she’d say. “You can do better.” Then she’d hammer him with a Bernie line.
It wasn’t just Sullivan in her crosshairs. She let everyone on her team have it that day. “We haven’t made our case,” she fumed. “We haven’t framed the choice. We haven’t done the politics.”
“She was visibly, unflinchingly pissed off at us as a group,” said one aide who was in the room for the humiliating scene. “And she let us know she felt that way.”
The book goes on,
Her aides took the browbeating — one of several she delivered in person and on the phone that day — in silence. They had a lot of their own thoughts on what went wrong, some of which echoed Hillary’s assessment: her message was off for Michigan, and she had refused to go hard against trade; Mook had pinched pennies and failed to put organizers on the ground; the polling and analytics were a touch too rosy, meaning the campaign didn’t know Bernie was ahead; she had set up an ambiguous decisionmaking structure on the campaign; and she’d focused too heavily on black and brown voters at the expense of competing for the whites who had formed her base in 2008. The list went on and on.
The underlying truth — the one that many didn’t want to admit to themselves — was the person ultimately responsible for these decisions, the one whose name was on the ticket, hadn’t corrected these problems, all of which had been brought to her attention before primary day. She’d stuck with the plan, and it had cost her.
Like most Democrats, Hillary Clinton blamed her consultants, her staff, her aides, everyone BUT herself! She even had her husband, and former president, Bill, telling her the same thing. It’s too bad for her supporters, Hillary and Bill, JUST didn’t get it!
“We got an ass-chewing,” one of the participants recalled months later.
Even if you went back and looked at the polls, they would tell you, at least the one’s NOT manipulated, that every time Hillary spoke at an event, she dropped in the polls. Every time people saw her, they were reminded of her squeaky voice, her shouting of lies, Benghazi, her private server scandal and her pay-to-play Clinton Foundation scandal. Did I mention scandal more than once?
Hillary certainly didn’t lose because of all of the professional around her. No, she lost all on her own. America had had enough of Obama, Obamacare and the lies told by Hillary, Obama and the entire administration.
Bill was right about one thing – nothing Hillary’s staff did ‘made a damn bit of difference’. Hillary WAS the REAL problem. Her staff knew it and so did most of the American voters. Thank goodness!
Just a side note, “Shattered” isn’t the only good read on Hillary’s explosive tantrums and meltdowns. If you are looking for another good read, check out Ed Klein’s “Guilty As Sin“. I wrote about it back in November 2016. It’s another good book about Hillary’s emails and scandals.
Hey did I mention that Judge Neil Gorsuch just got confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice? How awesome is THAT?! Did I also mention Trump just negotiated a deal with China on coal? Or how about all the jobs Trump has helped businesses to create by getting rid of some of the unncessary Obama regulations that choked our economy in the first place?! Sounds to me, like America is doing just fine without Hillary in charge.
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