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Democrats Grumble About Hillary’s Blame Game

As we noted days ago, Hillary Clinton has been trying to explain her electoral loss in 2016 by pointing to several outside factors that may have hurt her chances. Some within the Democratic Party have taken notice and appear to be growing tired of listening to the explanations.

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Doug Schoen, a prominent Democratic strategist, went so far as to pen an op-ed in which he encouraged Hillary Clinton to retire off into the sunset and stop distracting from the debate:

Clinton continues to take the focus away from the party and its elected leaders, weakening those who could actually make a difference in 2018, and eventually 2020. The tension she is causing only exacerbates divisions within the Democratic Party. Clinton continues to focus on the debate and other excuses for her loss.

Recently, Clinton was quoted saying that she felt that Trump “was literally breathing down my neck” during a debate, and that she felt “incredibly uncomfortable.” While this generates lots of coverage for her, these anecdotes only distract from the real reasons she lost and the changes the Democratic Party needs to make going forward.

In the wake of an unpopular president, usually the candidate who lost has a surge in approval ratings. Not only has Clinton not had this increase, her approvals are below those of President Trump. In the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll last month, only 30 percent of voters reported having either a very or somewhat positive feeling about Clinton, while 6 percent more, or 36 percent, viewed Trump positively.

These numbers underscore just how unpopular Clinton is and how weak of a candidate she was.

There are a lot of rising stars in the Democratic Party, none of them have the name “Clinton” attached to them. That era has ended and it doesn’t appear that either the Bush or Clinton dynasty will once again hold the executive branch anytime soon.

The conservative Washington Times also quotes various Democratic Party members who all seem to be finished with hearing any further explanation of “what happened” in 2016:

“The best thing she could do is disappear,” a former fundraiser and surrogate told the newspaper. “She’s doing harm to all of us because of her own selfishness. Honestly, I wish she’d just shut the f– up and go away.”

“None of this is good for the party,” added one of Mr. Obama’s former aides. “It’s the Hillary Show, 100 percent. A lot of us are scratching our heads and wondering what she’s trying to do. It’s certainly not helpful.”

As also noted in the story, these quotes were obtained anonymously because the Clintons are still a powerful force within the Democratic Party establishment. Even if you’re a Democrat who’d like to see less Hillary, you might want to keep that to yourself.

Politicians are usually very concerned with the “legacy” they will be left with in the history books. One can surmise that with her book release attempting to explain the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton is trying to ensure that she is not labeled as a two-time electoral loser without some serious caveats and side-notes explaining the various factors. It’s debatable whether Hillary was a good candidate, but it’s not debatable that the root cause of the issue probably has a lot to do with not taking Donald Trump seriously enough, especially when it came to blue-collar appeal.

Nate Ashworth: Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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  • On CBS, Hillary said her biggest mistake was using personal email. Well, duh.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hillary-clinton-what-happened-sunday-morning-jane-pauley/

    But elsewhere in the interview, she came up with a more insightful response:

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    "I understood that there were many Americans who, because of the
    financial crash, there was anger," she said. "And there was resentment. I
    knew that. But I believed that it was my responsibility to try to offer
    answers to it, not to fan it. I think, Jane, that it was a mistake
    because a lot of people didn't wanna hear my plans. They wanted me to
    share their anger. And I should've done a better job of demonstrating I
    get it."
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    The American public has been angry since 2006. They turned on Bush. Then the world economy went into a tailspin in 2008. Thought they had a savior in Obama, but turned on him in 2010. Thought they had a savior in the Tea Party, but that didn't help people. In 2016, Trump understood the anger, and he milked it. Meanwhile, Hillary only had happytalk--which didn't say anything. The question is whether Trump's supporters will turn on him.

    Hillary's campaign reminded me of 1960. Nixon told the people, "you've never had it so good!" He was right, of course, but nobody wants to hear that this is as good as it gets. Later, the public turned on Nixon, because of Watergate and Vietnam. Carter seemed to be a fresh new face, but he didn't bring real change, either. Reagan made people feel hopeful, and the anger settled down. So far, Trump has just whipped up the anger.

  • "The best thing she could do is disappear,” a former fundraiser and surrogate told the newspaper. “She’s doing harm to all of us because of her own selfishness. Honestly, I wish she’d just shut the f– up and go away.”

    If the Democratic party didn't have their heads up their collective derriere's, they would have known that Billary was poison from when Bubba ran in the Democratic primary in 1991. But after following the presidency of the first black, the Democrats wanted another first. They saw in the Wicked Witch the first female president.?

    Now unless some brave and or stupid Democratic diehard wants to go up against the CLINTON CRIME FAMILY, I am afraid that Billary is going to make the Democratic party irrelevant for the foreseeable future. I fear if somebody does oppose her, no matter how powerful they may be, we will be reading of another ARKANCIDE!!!?

  • If Trump made her feel uneasy (breathing down my neck-skin crawl) how would Kim/Putin make her feel? Good thing she wasn't elected. But then she's tough as she dodged bullets while running to safety.

  • You know the old saying “he who laughs last”? Well, Hillary is having the last laugh. Her book is ranked No. 1. on Amazon's Best Sellers list and has already sold more than 300,000 copies in Amazon e-book, hardback and audio. Hardcover sales were the highest opening of all nonfiction releases in five years, the Associated Press says. Her book is selling more copies than the ones penned by the famous quarterback Tom Brady's "The TB12 Method:”, Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale," and Stephen King's horror classic, "It: A Novel."

    Katy Turs “Unbelievable” book offers a vivid sense of how traveling with Trump and how very threatening Trump’s personal insults can feel. It is also on the best seller list.

    The response to these books is just another way the American public is showing it’s distaste for Donald Trump.