Hillary’s latest book What Happened isn’t being released until September 12th, but excerpts have been trickling out. So far we know that the answers to what happened include that Trump was a creep and Bernie promised everyone a pony. I can’t wait to see who else Hillary blames!
I’m sure the chapter on Hillary’s responsibility just hasn’t been leaked yet. It’s probably just too long.
Liberals tend to look only at outside forces when explaining any win or loss. Their worldview teaches them that they are victims of circumstance when things don’t go their way. So it’s not surprising that Bernie would be one focus of why Hillary blew the election, even though Hillary did steal the nomination from Bernie.
“Hillary Clinton’s memoir, What Happened, will not be released until September 12, but a page of it has leaked on Twitter. The page was leaked one day after Clinton formally endorsed a new media outlet, Verrit, which was founded by her supporter and former staffer, Peter Daou, and attributes Clinton’s loss to Sanders and the media.
Clinton writes,“Jake Sullivan, my top policy advisor, told me it reminded him of a scene from the 1998 movie ‘There’s Something About Mary’. A deranged hitchhiker says he’s come up with a brilliant plan. Instead of the famous ‘eight-minute abs’ exercise routine, he’s going to market ‘seven-minute abs.’ It’s the same just quicker. Then the driver, played by Ben Stiller, says, ‘Well, why not six-minute abs?’ That’s what it was like in policy debates with Bernie. We would propose a bold infrastructure investment plan or an ambitious new apprenticeship program for young people, and then Bernie would announce basically the same thing, but bigger. On issue after issue, it was like he kept proposing four-minute abs, or no-minute abs. Magic abs! Someone sent me a Facebook post that summed up the dynamic in which were caught:
Bernie : I think America should get a pony.
Hillary: How will you pay for the pony? Where will the pony come from? How will you get Congress to agree to the pony?
Bernie: Hillary thinks America doesn’t deserve a pony.
Hillary: Actually, I love ponies.
Bernie Supporters: She changed her position on ponies! #WhichHillary #WitchHillary”
In another page leaked from her new book, Clinton writes, “I am proud to be a Democrat and I wish Bernie were, too” and blamed Sanders for paving the way for Donald Trump’s “Crooked Hillary Campaign.” She also called Bernie Sanders’ policy proposals “little more than a pipe dream.”
Clinton attempts to reduce the legitimacy of Bernie Sanders and his supporters by portraying them as unrealistic idealists, a strategy she honed in the primaries. For example, she claimed single-payer will “never, ever come to pass” even though its popularity has soared in the last year. The differences between Sanders’ and Clinton’s campaigns were not nuances established by Sanders to undercut Clinton, nor did Sanders fail to address how he would accomplish his policy proposals.
Though it has yet to be released, it’s clear that in What Happened Clinton will try to rewrite the history of the election and pin her loss to Donald Trump on Bernie Sanders. By continuing to reduce his candidacy, Clinton avoids admitting that Bernie Sanders was a viable candidate who developed a progressive platform that exposed the flaws, shortcomings, and concessions to special interests in her own policies. Sanders excited and encouraged the activist and progressive wings of the Democratic Party while Clinton condescendingly reduced their criticisms, similar to how she did in the leaked passage from her book. Mocking voters by calling them “pony” obsessed children, basement dwelling millennials, or deplorables was political suicide and revealed Clinton’s sense of entitlement. Clinton believed her election was a sealed deal; that’s why she didn’t campaign in swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin that ultimately decided the election”.
Politics are ugly. I wonder if Hillary’s book discusses her team’s decision to spread around the creepy picture of Bernie poolside at a fundraising event in Martha’s Vineyard. I think that was a little below the belt.
In fairness, I think her characterization of Bernie is pretty accurate. He made promises that were impossible to keep. Perhaps she should have learned a thing or two from him. The voters on the left will fall for anything. They are incapable of critical thinking and as long as you tell them what they want to hear, you will get their votes.
Bernie understood who his base was and he catered to them relentlessly, even if it meant making promises he had no intention of keeping. Sort of like the Republicans that promised to repeal Obamacare.
Hillary has no one to blame but herself for her devastating election loss last year. She was set up for a pretty easy win, and yet she couldn’t close the deal. But it sure is fun to read about all her excuses isn’t it?
Hillary needs to look no further than in the mirror when explaining what happened. I doubt she will take any responsibility though, she never does. It’s always someone else’s fault. I will just continue to rejoice daily in the fact that no matter what happened according to Hillary Clinton, she lost…BIG LEAGUE!
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