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Podesta Auditions for Comedy Central, Says Press Gave Trump 'a Pass'

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Clinton campaign chief John Podesta is out of a job, having engineered the most spectacular loss in U.S. political history.

I suppose Podesta could always go back to lobbying. There’s going to be plenty of opportunities for a connected Washington insider like him to make a solid living.

But Podesta apparently has a hankering for the stage—the stand-up stage to be exact. Who knew that lurking beneath that gruff, conniving exterior a stand-up comedian was struggling to get out?

Washington Times:

Hillary Clinton’s inner circle gathered for an autopsy of her failed presidential campaign and concluded that media bias in favor of Donald Trump contributed to his historic win.

A political postmortem of the Democratic Party’s Election Day results has concluded that FBI Director James Comey and a media “pass” for Mr. Trump translated into an electoral landslide for the billionaire.

A private conference call Thursday with Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, communications director Jennifer Palmieri and other aides addressed what Ms. Palmieri called “the most devastating loss in the history of American politics,” The Hill reported Thursday.

The group’s conclusions differ from assessments of Mrs. Clinton from previously released WikiLeaks documents belonging to Mr. Podesta.

“The media always covered [Mrs. Clinton] as the person who would be president and therefore tried to eviscerate her before the election, but covered Trump who was someone who was entertaining and sort of gave him a pass,” Mr. Podesta said. “We need to reflect and analyze that and put our voices forward.”

Mr. Podesta’s analysis of his boss in stolen emails given to WikiLeaks tell a different story. A Jan 22 exchange between Mr. Podesta and Morgan Stanley vice chairman Tom Nides revealed he was at a loss for ways to politically “lift” the former secretary of state.

How goes it,” Mr. Nides, a Clinton bundler, asked as the campaign struggled to defeat Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders.

“I’m down. Our team is all tactics and has no idea of how to lift her up,” Mr. Podesta responded.

“This was bound to happen. We are lucky Sanders will not last. Assuming she losses [sic] both she bounces back with ‘fighter’ Hillary. How many times have we seen this movie?” Mr. Nides replied.

The “movie” Mr. Nides mentioned ended with Mrs. Clinton’s defeat early Wednesday.

There is nothing that illustrates the reasons why the Clinton campaign failed so miserably as Podesta claiming that the most vilified, the most criticized, the most attacked, the most dismissed candidate in the history of American politics got a “pass” from the media. The alternate reality in which the Clinton campaign functioned—and is still functioning —did not allow her aides to come to grips with the candidate’s email problems, perception of corruption surrounding her, or her lies. In their minds, an FBI investigation of a presidential candidate from a major political party was not a big story and should not have been reported on.

Podesta’s unintentionally funny observation about Trump and the media makes an excellent coda to the obliviousness of the Clinton campaign as the world passed them by and left them eternally perplexed as to why that happened.