How Did Hillary Lose? Let Us Count the Ways
We've been reading excerpts from What Happened, Hillary Clinton's new book, for weeks now and the litany of excuses she's made for her loss.
As it turns out, the book isn't so much about "what happened" as it is about "who screwed me over." But I don't think that title would have been a best seller, even if it is more accurate.
Clinton appeared on CBS's Sunday Morning and was interviewed by one of her friends, Jane Pauley. What makes this particular interview so valuable is that by watching it, we don't have to go out and spend any money on her book. You can just watch the video and get the highlights.
How did Clinton cope with her loss?
Off I went, into a frenzy of closet cleaning, and long walks in the woods, playing with my dogs, and, as I write-- yoga, alternate nostril breathing, which I highly recommend, tryin' to calm myself down. And-- you know, my share of Chardonnay.
So alternate nostril breathing and getting drunk. If it were me, I'd do a lot more of the latter than the former.
But how did Hillary lose the election? Let us count the ways.
1.The fact that I'm a woman did me in.
"I started the campaign knowing that I would have to work extra hard to make women and men feel comfortable with the idea of a woman president," she said. "It doesn't fit into the-- the stereotypes we all carry around in our head. And a lot of the sexism and the misogyny was in service of these attitudes. Like, you know, 'We really don't want a woman commander in chief.'"
If a single Republican or surrogate of Donald Trump had even hinted at that, he would have been tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail. Of the teeny-tiny percentage of voters who cared that she was a woman, most supported her because of her sex.
2. White supremacism
"He was quite successful in referencing a nostalgia that would give hope, comfort, settle grievances, for millions of people who were upset about gains that were made by others because—" Clinton said.
"What you're saying is millions of white people," Pauley said.
"Millions of white people, yeah," Clinton replied. "Millions of white people."
3. The Russians were coming!
"The forces that were at work in 2016 were unlike anything that I've ever seen or read about. It was a perfect storm," Clinton said.
4. Comey, Comey, Comey
"I don't know quite what audience he was playing to, other than-- maybe some, you know, right-wing commentators, right-wing members of Congress, whatever," Clinton said.