Since the stunning upset to Hillary Clinton Tuesday night, there has been decidedly little soul searching going on in the Democrat ranks. Instead, what’s ensued is a widespread blame game — mixed with ample doses of tears, whining and self-righteousness — of pointing at just about everyone but themselves.Of course, the biggest blame is being put on the notion that Trump’s supporters are a bunch of largely white male racist, misogynist, xenophobic, homophobic bigots who wish to take us back to the Dark Ages — despite data to the contrary.
Today, for the first time since the election, the defeated Democrat candidate herself came out to speak on what caused her to lose.And, here’s a shocker: she, too, pointed elsewhere for the blame, blaming F.B.I. Director James Comey.
As The New York Times reports:
Hillary Clinton on Saturday cast blame for her surprise election loss on the announcement by the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, days before the election that he had revived the inquiry into her use of a private email server.
In her most extensive remarks since she conceded the race to Donald J. Trump early Wednesday, Mrs. Clinton told donors on a 30-minute conference call that Mr. Comey’s decision to send a letter to Congress about the inquiry 11 days before Election Day had thrust the controversy back into the news and had prevented her from ending the campaign with an optimistic closing argument.
“There are lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful,” Mrs. Clinton said, according to a donor who relayed the remarks. But, she added, “our analysis is that Comey’s letter raising doubts that were groundless, baseless, proven to be, stopped our momentum.”
Mrs. Clinton said a second letter from Mr. Comey, clearing her once again, which came two days before Election Day, had been even more damaging. In that letter, Mr. Comey said an examination of a new trove of emails, which had been found on the computer of Anthony D. Weiner, the estranged husband of one of her top aides, did not cause him to change his earlier conclusion that Mrs. Clinton should face no charges over her handling of classified information.
Her campaign said the seemingly positive outcome had only hurt it with voters who did not trust Mrs. Clinton and were receptive to Mr. Trump’s claims of a “rigged system.” In particular, white suburban women who had been on the fence were reminded of the email imbroglio and broke decidedly in Mr. Trump’s favor, aides said.
After leading in polls in many battleground states, Mrs. Clinton told the donors on Saturday, “we dropped, and we had to keep really pushing to regain our advantage, which going into last weekend we had.”
What Hillary doesn’t mention — handily ignores — is that the polls had been tightening in the days leading up to Director Comey’s shock announcement 11 days before the election. Not to mention the fact that she was plenty embroiled in controversy well before Comey came back onto the scene — the steady drip of Wikileaks revelations were doing just fine pointing out the corruption embedded in Mrs. Clinton’s organizations. In fact, there were some of us who saw Comey’s last-minute surprise as what might be a welcome distraction (from Team Hillary’s perspective) from downright damning revelations that continued to drop from Wikileaks.
And, of course, those of us who are interested in some post-election reflection on what truly just happened also understand — more clearly every day — that there were a host of other issues at play in handing Hillary defeat and saying sayonara to the Clinton dynasty. Among them, a rejection of the progressive policies they promised to further and, yes, a rigged system of cronyism and corruption that favored an elite political class.
If nothing else, today’s remarks from Hillary Clinton remind of us who she really is. Even if we might have seen some apparently humanity peek through momentarily in her concession speech earlier this week, she’s still ready to throw whomever necessary under the bus to protect her own self. She, and Democrats in general, are quick to blame and deflect rather than take personal responsibility.
As Marc Thiessen wrote in WaPo the other day, too bad for Democrats there are zero electoral votes in the State of Denial.
[This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]