Well, CNN got ahold of a copy of Hillary Clinton’s new book, What Happened, a week before it is supposed to come out from a some dumbass clerk in a Jacksonville, Florida bookstore who sold it before he was supposed to. You learn in journalism, it never hurts to ask. Or who knows, maybe they paid a little “extra” for the privilege. Either way, they got it.
And it’s vintage Clinton, and vintage Washington, where people love to say, “I take full responsibility,” before loading the statement up with caveats that make clear they in fact do not.
According to CNN:
She acknowledges it was bad “optics” to deliver paid speeches to Wall Street banks after the financial meltdown last decade. She says her comment during a CNN town hall about putting coal miners out of business was the misstep “I regret the most.” And, as she has before, Clinton calls her decision to use a private email server during her time at the State Department as “dumb.”
And then, the excuses start coming:
She lambasts media coverage of her emails, singling out The New York Times as a repeat and high-profile offender. And she wonders aloud why, after terms as first lady, US senator, secretary of state and two-time presidential candidate, the public still just doesn’t seem to like her. “What makes me such a lightning rod for fury? I’m really asking. I’m at a loss,” she asks her readers, before concluding: “I think it’s partly because I’m a woman.”
Clinton identifies the final week of the campaign, highlighted by Comey’s revival of the email issue, as the moment that led to the bottom dropping out. “Comey’s letter turned that picture upside down,” Clinton writes about her tarnished image, which she said had gone from a picture of a steady leader to one compromised by scandal.
In a lengthy middle section, Clinton unpacks Russia’s meddling in the election, openly wondering whether a more forceful public response from then-President Barack Obama could have changed matters.
And of course, she gives Donald Trump the most backhanded compliment she can think of, saying essentially that he succeeded by dramatically dumbing things down and appealing to anger. She doesn’t even realize that she is insulting average voters, again.
“I was running a traditional presidential campaign with carefully thought-out policies and painstakingly built coalitions, while Trump was running a reality TV show that expertly and relentlessly stoked Americans’ anger and resentment.”
In fact, Trump ran a superior campaign and was more in touch with the desires of average voters than Hillary Clinton was. That’s the main reason she lost. And the simple fact that Trump beat her fair and square is something she can never accept.