Hillary Clinton has been busy blaming any and everyone but herself for losing the 2016 presidential election — Russia, Democrats’ and RINOs’ new bogeyman; FBI Director Comey, who should be fired for letting lawless Hillary off; WikiLeaks, without which we would never know about the depths of her lawlessness and corruption, the satanic “spirit cooking” and Pizzagate; and misogyny, Americans whom she calls “deplorable”. (See DCG’s post, “Hillary explains why she really lost to Trump“)
Now, based on insider information, a new book by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes titled, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, puts the blame for her loss firmly on Hillary Clinton herself.
Fix This Nation reports, April 18, 2017:
According to the authors of Shattered, Clinton’s loss in November was less the story of a shocking, last-minute surge for Trump and more the story of a campaign that was a chaotic mess from the primaries right through to Election Day.
As the New York Times put it in their review:
The portrait of the Clinton campaign that emerges from these pages is that of a Titanic-like disaster: an epic fail made up of a series of perverse and often avoidable missteps by an out-of-touch candidate and her strife-ridden staff that turned “a winnable race” into “another iceberg-seeking campaign ship.”
It’s the story of a wildly dysfunctional and “spirit-crushing” campaign that embraced a flawed strategy (based on flawed data) and that failed, repeatedly, to correct course. A passive-aggressive campaign that neglected to act on warning flares sent up by Democratic operatives on the ground in crucial swing states, and that ignored the advice of the candidate’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, and other Democratic Party elders, who argued that the campaign needed to work harder to persuade undecided and ambivalent voters (like working-class whites and millennials), instead of focusing so insistently on turning out core supporters.
The authors don’t dismiss the outside forces that contributed to Clinton’s failure, including the late decision by the FBI to reopen and then close the case surrounding her email server and the populist revolution that led to Brexit across the pond. But they say that Hillary’s fate might have been sealed by mistakes the candidate made before the campaign ever got going.
Setting up the private server, blurring the lines between her government career and her charitable foundation, and giving secret speeches to Wall Street crowds were all errors that Hillary could have easily avoided, the authors contend. These mistakes, they write, “hamstrung her own chances so badly that she couldn’t recover.”
But if she did have any chance of recovery, she blew it with a mismanaged, arrogant campaign that ignored the lessons of the primaries.
“[Clinton campaign chief Robby] Mook had made the near-fatal mistakes of underestimating [Bernie] Sanders and investing almost nothing early in the back end of the primary calendar,” the authors write. They argue that if the campaign had realized the gravity of Hillary’s upset loss to Sanders in Michigan, they might not have lost the “blue wall” of the Rust Belt to Trump in November.
Because her ego can’t handle the idea that she bears the bulk of the blame, Hillary Clinton is still clinging to a thousand and one external scapegoats: Russia, sexism, Comey, Bernie, the media, and so on down the line. She has refused to take responsibility for her own mistakes since the early 1990s, and her presidency would have been more of the same.
Shattered may or may not explain why Hillary lost, but it does a great job explaining why we’re lucky that she did.
According to Page Six, the book Shattered also says Hillary apologized to Obama on election night after losing to Trump, and that in 2008 Hillary had blamed her staff after losing the nomination to Obama. Convinced that someone(s) on her staff had sabotaged her campaign, Hillary had an aide access her campaign’s server to check the emails from top staffers to find out who was talking to whom, who was leaking to whom.
True to her scapegoating form, Hillary Clinton is now on a witch hunt to find out who in her camp had leaked the damaging information to Shattered‘s authors.
Dennis Cheng, the finance director of Clinton’s presidential campaign, insisted that the book’s information “could only have come from someone in the inner circle.” Cheng has been sending out messages to determine where the leaks came from.
Note: Dennis Cheng is a longtime Hillary loyalist who was New York state finance director for the 2008 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign; deputy chief of protocol in the State Department when Hillary was secretary of state; and chief development officer of the corrupt Clinton Foundation from 2011 to 2015, credited with raising $248 million. Cheng’s pic sets off my gaydar.
One source told Page Six, “The knives are out to find the people who spoke about the campaign to the authors of this book. Dennis has been texting prominent campaign staffers, asking who talked. He’s on a witch hunt to find out who talked to save their own skin . . . . There’s some speculation that Huma Abedin cooperated to save her own reputation. However, she and Hillary are still very close.”
Huma is writing her own book, and is said to be seeking $2 million for it.