Hillary Takes Responsibility Now When Will the Mainstream Media do the Same?
Kellyann Conway is taking potshots at Hillary Clinton again. This is like the only move Trump apologists have and it doesn’t add up as Trump’s own Presidency is the biggest trainwreck in history and it’s obvious HRC would have beaten such a low bar and then some. She would have been a great POTUS.
Here is Conway, Democratic mind reader:
“Without indicating the source of her intelligence on their thinking, Conway said Clinton’s forthcoming book has been a point of frustration for Democrats looking to move beyond last year’s election.”
“Look at the crackup of the left,” she said. “You’ve got Hillary Clinton who Democrats are whispering all over this town they wish that this book didn’t happen. That she would just either make herself useful or fade out of the limelight. Where is her bipartisan effort to try to help with infrastructure, meaningful tax reform or the opioid crisis that I work on in the building behind me every single day? We haven’t heard from her.”
What this actually shows is HRC is doing some good-if nothing else, she’s getting under Kellyann Conway’s skin. You want to poll whether Democrats would rather see HRC or Conway disappear? To say nothing of the illegitimate President Conway serves.
By the way those who take issue with me calling him illegitimate-that’s the majority view of the American people.
I can tell you one group of voters who certaily wish Donald Trump and not Hillary Clinotn would disappear: the LGBT community:
There's NO reason for a transgender ban. Military isn't asking for it. Americans don't want it. This is about Trump embrace of hate. Period. https://t.co/OwX3QEgXHV
— VoteVets (@votevets) August 24, 2017
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 24, 2017
Paul Waldman had a post about the MSM’s obsession with Hillary ‘taking responsibility.’
Has Hillary Clinton abased herself sufficiently to satisfy her critics?”
“Hillary Clinton’s book about the 2016 campaign, “What Happened,” won’t be out for a few weeks, but this morning a few brief excerpts from the audiobook were played on “Morning Joe.” And as usual, a great deal of the focus is on whether Clinton is taking sufficient responsibility for her defeat.”
So we need to ask ourselves: Why is it so important to so many people that Clinton perform a ritual of self-abasement?
If you don’t recall a chorus of angry calls for Mitt Romney or John McCain or John Kerry or Al Gore to get down on their knees and beg forgiveness for their failures every time they appeared in public after losing their presidential elections, that’s because it didn’t happen. Only Hillary Clinton is subject to this demand.”
Hm. What could possible be different about HRC than these other losing POTUS candidates? I mean Romney lost by a lot more and his loss wasn’t even due to Comey and Russia. Yet no one asked him to ‘take responsiblity’ not even once.
“And when she takes responsibility, as she has before, her words are carefully scrutinized to see if she’s being self-critical enough. When she said in May that she took responsibility for her loss but also pointed out that she would have won had James B. Comey not made that dramatic email announcement 11 days before the election — which is almost certainly true — the comments were greeted by a round of scolding from reporters who obviously felt that she was not sufficiently humbled.”
Well here’s what she says in the book:
“Every day that I was a candidate for president, I knew that millions of people were counting on me, and I couldn’t bear the idea of letting them down — but I did. I couldn’t get the job done, and I’ll have to live with that for the rest of my life.”
“Is that abject enough for you?
“We’re going to be talking about the 2016 election for a long time, because it was one of the most dramatic and consequential in American history, and it brought us President Trump. Which means that reporters are going to continue to receive criticism of their coverage, particularly the way they covered Clinton. Some of them react to that criticism by rattling off things Clinton did wrong, as a way of saying that it isn’t their fault she lost.”
“So let’s say this really slowly: It’s possible to simultaneously acknowledge that 1) Clinton made plenty of mistakes, and 2) there were egregious problems with the way the campaign was covered, problems that contributed to the outcome. Calling attention to the latter doesn’t negate the former.”
The attitude about her loss makes no logical sense. It’s pretty conclusive that the Comey letter just for starters was the difference. This is admitted by BOTH campaigns and the numbers show it.
“Nine months after the election, top officials who worked for both the Clinton and Trump campaigns believe Comey’s intervention — and its aftermath — affected the race.”
“Multiple Trump aides said they gained ground on Clinton after the third presidential debate when the GOP nominee focused on abortion and the Supreme Court, bringing conservative voters back into the fold. They also said they benefited from news stories about rising Obamacare premiums and a sharper campaign message from Trump himself.”
“Comey, they said, added to a snowball that was already moving down the mountainside.”
“It certainly had an effect,” said Matt Oczkowski, who directed Trump’s analytics team. “Comey brought these voters out of the woodwork. People had a reason to vote against Clinton.”
Obviously Oczkowski doesn’t want to admit that the Comey letter was the smoking gun-but it was the smoking gun.
To admit it had any effect is to admit it decided the election as Trump’s margin was so small-77,000 votes in three swing states.
But the MSM can’t admit it because of their own complicity in making a minor email scandal the crime of the century. Have you noticed in obsession with Mike Pence’s email scandal from back in Indiana-where unlike HRC he really was hacked?
Or that most of the Trump WH in fact uses the same private RNC server, that Karl Rove and W did-where they some how ‘lost’ 22 million emails. Yet that was never called ‘extreme carelessness.’
Back to NBC:
“The Comey story wasn’t just about how Trump seized on it; it also was about how it was covered.”
“On October 31, three days after the FBI director’s letter to Congress, Comey continued to dominate headlines and evening newscasts.”
But the Clinton camp believes Comey’s intervention was much more significant.
“In the last two weeks, it was the only jolt to the system that occurred,” said Oren Shur, the Clinton campaign’s director of paid media. “We recognized at the time that it was impactful. We didn’t recognize at the time that it was determinative.”
“Elections number-cruncher Nate Silver of the website FiveThirtyEight agrees.”
“At a maximum, it might have shifted the race by 3 or 4 percentage points toward Donald Trump, swinging Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Florida to him,” Silver wrote. “At a minimum, its impact might have been only a percentage point or so. Still, because Clinton lost Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin by less than 1 point, the letter was probably enough to change the outcome of the Electoral College.”
A lot of Trump apologists talk about ‘getting over it.’ If the loss were legitimate that’s what we’d do. As it wasn’t that won’t be happening until there’s a full accounting-on Russia and also the Comey letter.
I look very much forward to when the DOJ’s IG office releases its report on the Clinton email probe at this end of this year.
Back to Waldman:
“Did she make mistakes? Of course she did. She was too complacent about states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin that Democrats hadn’t lost in many presidential campaigns. Her criticisms of Trump were too focused on what a repugnant human being he is and not enough on his agenda to help the wealthy and powerful. She didn’t do enough to turn out black and Hispanic voters. You could make a long list.”
“But every candidate, even those who win, makes lots of mistakes. There are no perfect campaigns. If a hundred thousand votes spread across a few states had gone a different way, we would be talking about what a genius she was and how ludicrous the Trump campaign strategy was.”
Think of it this way. If a basketball team lost by a shot at the buzzer and later on we learn that this was due to a bad call and in addition the refs had been paid off, would the big story be that the losing team nevertheless made some mistakes in substitutions and strategy?
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