With the release of Hillary Clinton”s book What Happened a predictable media firestorm has erupted riddled with press pundit’s punishing her once again for daring to speak her mind. Much of the critiques of her book devolve around the premise that she should just “shut the hell up and get out of the way“. My sense is that perhaps our press pundits are uncomfortable to have the 2016 election revisited because of their own complicity in electing a thoroughly unfit and deranged person to our nation’s highest office. While certainly Hillary was not my favored candidate as this link shows, in comparison to voting for a racist fraud, there was never an alternative for a sensible person. Yet lose she did and while her biggest problem was her own inability to understand the mood of the electorate, or the real issues that disturbed people, her loss came about for many reasons that were unconnected with her own failings.
Nobody Asked Me But……This is Why Hillary Lost and a Fraudulent Narcissist Became President:
She was a wife who stood by her adulterous man
Despite the attempts to impeach Bill Clinton and the pious, pusillanimous pornography of the Starr Report, President Clinton left office a very popular person. In contrast, Hillary his wife was viewed with disdain because she chose to stay with him. This was sexism in action and many Americans never got over it.
There was a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy against the Clinton’s that continued up to and past the 2016 election.
It is convenient for the corporate press in America to ignore the salient fact that a group of Right Wing Billionaires, led by the Koch Brothers , has spent untold millions in influencing the United States electoral system on all levels, because of their own culpability in enabling it. This conspiracy has worked to attack any liberal candidate with a viable chance of election and Hillary was a main target in their sights.
The Beltway Talking Heads found that disparaging her got them bigger headlines than praising her.
Even her biggest political supporters would acknowledge that Hillary is not an exciting political figure. Her insistence on discussing the detailed nuances of policy issues requires too much effort for the headline hunters to expend and make for boring headlines. However, when it comes to lurid scandals and undocumented, wild allegations, those pundits who pretend insight get the headlines, bylines and the cable news appearance fees.
The Washington Press Corps never liked Hillary, consistently focused on her faults while ignoring her strengths, so they aren’t happy she brings it up.
As Joe Conason puts it in: Why the media wants Hillary to shut up:
“everyone knows that the Washington press corps dislikes and distrusts the former Democratic nominee. After all, several of its most eminent members have admitted their herd’s prejudice against her. But the nearly unanimous demand for her to be silent—often presented in the form of blind quotes from her alleged “friends”—cuts against normal journalistic curiosity, let alone the usual lust for fresh gossip……….
Nobody in the media is eager to hear Clinton’s perspective on that catastrophic election cycle—especially not the part about them and their performance. They would rather not reflect on why her “damned emails” were so ridiculously overemphasized. Or why Trump enjoyed constant and groveling promotion as a television spectacle. Or why journalists produced so many misleading “investigations” of the Clinton Foundation, yet so very few examinations of Trump’s longstanding connections to organized crime. Or why vital policy differences between the two candidates received a tiny fraction of media attention.”
The estimated $2 billion worth of Trump press coverage gave the aura of legitimacy to a demagogic candidate.
As the President of CBS Les Moonves put it: “Donald Trump’s candidacy might not be making America great, CBS Chairman Les Moonves said Monday, but it’s great for his company.
“It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS,” Moonves said at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco, according to The Hollywood Reporter — perfectly distilling what media critics have long suspected was motivating the round-the-clock coverage of Trump’s presidential bid.
“Most of the ads are not about issues. They’re sort of like the debates,” Moonves said, noting, “[t]here’s a lot of money in the marketplace.”
The 2016 campaign is a “circus,” he remarked, but “Donald’s place in this election is a good thing.”
“Man, who would have expected the ride we’re all having right now? … The money’s rolling in and this is fun,” Moonves went on. “I’ve never seen anything like this, and this going to be a very good year for us. Sorry. It’s a terrible thing to say. But, bring it on, Donald. Keep going.”
The political lessons that gave her husband two presidential victories no longer worked 20 years later and were actually counter productive to her campaign.
The Bill Clinton strategy of triangulation where he moved to the Right of Center politically and adopted Republican memes that then undercut their message against him were quite effective in the context of the previous 12 long years of Republican Presidents dominating the national political debate. By the time 2008 came around the situation in America had changed radically. Our country was involved in two never-ending wars, our economy had become lopsided with the wealthy garnering the lion’s share of economic benefits and people longed for change. When Hillary ran for the nomination against a seeming political neophyte who promised change she lost by remaining a dedicated small government centrist. Obama’s election was accompanied by a devastating financial crisis and he abandoned change, in favor of economic centrism. While the country recovered greatly under Obama, the disparity between the One Percent and the rest of America worsened. Hillary felt constrained to run on the Obama record in an election cycle that demanded a new approach.
Hillary won the nomination by taking an insurmountable lead in State Primaries in States that would never support her.
The earliest Democratic Presidential primaries take place in States that invariably vote Republican. Clinton won these States handily and so the impression of her inevitability suffused the press and her campaign. Hillary seemed to have been anointed as the nominee and this led to her over-confidence in the centrist thrust of her campaign. The head of the Democratic Party Debbie Wasserman Schultz had her thumb on the scales to assure a Clinton nomination, which added to the Clinton camp’s false sense of her inevitability.
Hillary won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College
The Electoral College was a facet of the American Constitution created to diminish the power of the majority vote in a Presidential Election, because the framers had little trust in the will of the common people. It is essentially an undemocratic scheme that gives enormous power to some of the more rural and less populous States. Hillary’s campaign strategists seemingly ignored the necessity to capture the electors believing somehow that these States would be overwhelmed by the votes in the larger States. By over confidently assuming that certain States were “in the bag” for Clinton her strategists narrowly lost crucial States and that cost her the College and the election, even as she overwhelmingly won the popular vote nationally.
The phony “Benghazi” and “E Mail” controversies hurt Clinton’s candidacy.
When it came to both those phony scandals there was actually “no there, there” and they were pushed exhaustively by the Right Wing media and so taken up by our corporate press in their usual pretense of even-handedness via false equivalency. Such was the clamor in the press for investigations of these empty scandals that the FBI Director mistakenly believed he urgently needed to intervene to assure they were being investigated. At the same time the obvious criminal associations of the Trump cohort, his fraudulent history and his Russian connections were mostly ignored. In the end those real Trump scandals wee ignored, his history of bankruptcy and incompetence overlooked. Our country elected a racist demagogue over an unexciting, yet highly competent centrist, who had for years been unfairly slandered because she simply wasn’t exciting enough for our over-privileged and jaded American Press Corps. The fact she was also a woman, in our still sexist country, merely adds to our national despair and disgrace.