‘Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign’ is the title of the newly released book about Hillary Clinton’s loss. Politico’s Jonathan Allen and The Hill’s Amie Parnes got a job in the Clinton camp during the campaign for the express purpose of chronicling Hillary’s missteps and missed opportunities during her presidential run.
For those of you attempting to figure out how she managed to lose to President Trump on November 8, 2016 there are many reasons. The first being Donald Trump managed to connect with voters in ways Hillary could not. Her campaign was full of missteps, and missed opportunities.
I know that is not enough for most of you crying liberals. In that contentious election there has to be more right? The book reveals the following information:
Hillary’s staff and top supporters were divided on how she dealt with the email server scandal:
The book indicates that Bill Clinton believed it was unwise for Hillary to apologize for the email server. As if an apology would be some sort of admittance of wrong doing. We all know how well that worked for Bill when he was president. The word impeached comes to mind.
Instead, Bill thought it was wiser for her to explain why she thought it necessary to use a private email server. The public saw it as a clear attempt to sidestep the issue. Eventually, Hillary apologized and said that it was a mistake.
President Obama felt that Hillary completely botched the controversy. According to the book, “[Obama] couldn’t understand what possessed Hillary to set up the private e-mail server, and her handling of the scandal; which is her style of deny, and evade amounted to “political malpractice.”
Hillary ends her campaign with her apologizing to Obama after conceding to Trump – Shortly after calling Donald Trump to concede defeat, Clinton called Barack Obama and said simply, “Mr. President, I’m sorry. Clinton felt she had let herself, Obama, and the Democratic Party down. “Obama’s legacy and her dreams of the Presidency lay shattered at Donald Trump’s feet. This was on her,” the book reads.
There was no clear message on why Americans should vote for her:
From the start Hillary seemed to lack a clear message of what she would do if she won the presidency. According to the book; Obama’s speechwriter Jon Favreau refused to work on Hillary’s kick-off speech and ultimately refused to be associated with the campaign. Hillary backtracked from her positions on criminal justice and economic policy. But she did not have a centralized message. The lack of a message is what ultimately doomed her. It is what resulted in the biggest issue that Hillary faced during her campaign: Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had the message, and the momentum. Hillary was never able to fully get those people on board.
They did not anticipate a tough race with Sanders:
Unlike Clinton, Sanders had a clear goal for his presidential election: He wanted to make progressive causes the talk of the 2016 election. Once he launched his presidential campaign after Hillary did, it started a long primary campaign that forced Hillary’s hand, resulting in a discussion of progressive issues. Hillary refused to take the progressive stance on the Arab-Israeli conflict and on other foreign policy topics, but she managed to speak the same language on criminal justice reform, taxes, and social issues which were the cornerstone of Bernie’s campaign.
After Sanders lost, Hillary’s staff tried to get Sanders to say “I’m With Her.” He refused.
In an attempt to woo disgruntled progressive voters to join Hillary’s camp, Sanders was asked to run a scripted advertisement for her in September. At the end, the script said Hillary’s famed and self-promoting slogan “I’m with her.” Sanders refused, claiming that it was “phony.” While the advertisement was filmed, it was never televised because focus groups found Sanders’ endorsement as insincere.
After conceding to Trump, Hillary’s staffers wanted her to stick it to Trump:
The concession speech was a tough time for Hillary. Not only did she apologize to Obama for losing the election, but she also had to fight back suggestions from staffers to use the concession speech to hammer the President-elect. Jake Sullivan suggested to Hillary that she should say that Trump was temperamentally unfit and too dangerous to become President of the United States. Clinton refused, saying that she would push for a conciliatory speech and exit the stage. In her own words, “Other people will criticize him. That’s their job. I have done it. I just lost, and that is that. That was my last race.”
Her campaign was badly organized – The campaign lacked focus and had power decentralized, making it difficult to focus on particular issues. “Hillary distributed power so broadly that none of her aides or advisers had control of the whole apparatus,” the book claims.
Huma Abedin sheltered Clinton from criticism – The book alleges that vice campaign chair Huma Abedin would rarely criticize Clinton, and “couldn’t be counted on to relay constructive criticism to Hillary without pointing a finger at the critic.”
In my view Hillary herself was a flawed candidate who surrounded herself with people who were afraid to tell her the truth about her short comings, and proved to be poor managers and lastly poor losers.