announced on Tuesday that she takes responsibility for losing the
2016 presidential election to Donald Trump. Sort of.
According to the newly-defanged former Democratic leader, she takes “absolute
personal responsibility” for her loss — but she adds that “I was on the way to
winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28th and Russian
WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for
me and got scared off. ... if the election had been on October 27, I would be
But aside from that, she takes responsibility.
She also added that places that didn't vote for her couldn't get "cell coverage
for a mile."
What does she have going on next? She says, “I’m now back to being an
activist citizen and part of the resistance.”
Really? What, exactly, is she resisting? She dragged her party down almost
single-handedly in the last election cycle. Now she wants to be part of the
cool kids crowd again. This is precisely what’s wrong with Clinton, and what
her husband understood: you can’t hijack a popular movement with which you
had nothing to do. Bernie Sanders? Maybe. Hillary Clinton? No way.
But perhaps Hillary still has 2020 ambitions. Those rumors are still floating out
there, and right now the three leading 2020 candidates for the Democrats are
around her age: Elizabeth Warren (67), Joe Biden (74) and Bernie Sanders
(75). She’s a youthful 69. What’s to stop her from running again?
Herein lies the problem for the Democrats. All of their top names are old fogeys
with no youth appeal, other than the geriatric socialist who isn’t technically a
Democrat. Their youth movement, however, has no exact target — it’s just a
lot of people angry about a lot of different things, complaining about the evils
of patriarchal, heterosexist, cisnormative society. Hillary can’t lead that bunch.
Republicans should be excited to see Hillary back in play, just as they should
be excited that Barack Obama is making a comeback. Obama and Hillary
helped raze a generation of Democrats; now they’ll salt the earth.