In the real world, a lack of personal accountability will eventually come back to haunt you. A failure to recognize the error of your ways sets you up for further failures in the future, not to mention the fact that your personal credibility will eventually become permanently tainted.
It’s okay to fail. We’ve all done it. In a perfect world, we’ll learn from our mistakes, gain additional strength, and go on to achieve bigger and better things.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you insist on burying your head in the sand while blaming anyone and everyone but yourself for your life circumstances, then the chances of you moving forward are severely hampered.
We have a very public display of that concept going on right about now. Hillary Clinton is out promoting her new book, ‘What Happened,’ which is chock full of reasons why she lost the election.
Grabien shares some of the reasons she has come up with.
Hillary Clinton believes that were it not for James Comey, Russia, Wikileaks, Facebook, fake news, voter ID laws, or America’s “endemic” sexism and misogyny, she would currently be president of the United States.
In just under two minutes, Clinton rattled off eight separate excuses for losing the 2016 election.
Clinton claims that, “If the election were on October 27, I would be your president,” singling out James Comey in particular for re-opening an investigation into her mishandling of classified material. (Others notably argue that Comey kept Clinton in the campaign by preemptively exonerating Clinton before the FBI had concluded its own investigation.)
Perhaps she would, perhaps she wouldn’t be. In the grand scheme of things, it really doesn’t matter. From a bottom line perspective, she lost – plain and simple.
To humor Clinton, let’s assume Comey’s decision swayed some minds. Doesn’t it make more sense to examine what led to that even happening?
A simple examination of that will tell her ‘what happened,’ and it all leads back to the same overriding reason that she blew the election: her epically bad judgement.
“I went from 26 points ahead to 13 points ahead, and I needed about 18 points in order to be sure to win Pennsylvania,” Clinton said of the impact of Comey’s notorious letter explaining he was re-opening the investigation. “I watched how analysts who I have a great deal of respect for, like Nate Silver, burrowed into all the data and said that ‘but for that Comey letter, she would have won.'”
“So it was very personal to me,” she said in an interview with CBS’s Jane Pauley. “I think my general election prospects were badly damaged because of that, so that even though I was starting to come back, it was not enough time to overcome it.”
Alright, so it’s all Comey’s fault. Let’s leave it at that then, right Hillary? Nope, she has dozens of more excuses lined up.
“But even though [the Comey letter] was the primary blow to my campaign at the very end, it has to be looked at in context — with the Russians weaponizing information, negative stories about me; this whole Wikileaks beginning to leak in early October of John Podesta’s emails — which if you read them all were, they’re pretty anodyne, but they were taken out of context; stories were made up about them.”
Ahhh, those pesky Russians. Do you think they hacked her plane so it couldn’t touch down in the flyover states? Maybe they’re the ones that decided to put John Podesta and Robby Mook in charge of her campaign?
“We now know that Facebook was taking money from Russian companies to run negative stories about me,” she continued. “If you look at all of this, yes, it affected me and my campaign. But I am more concerned now going forward that we haven’t come to grips with what it means for future elections.”
The only one that needs to get a grip is Clinton. She has completely alienated even some of her most ardent supporters with her incessant blame game, and it’s getting to the point that it’s downright concerning.
“I would also add that the voter suppression that we now know had been in the works and really put into effect in a lot of states like Wisconsin and North Carolina, etc., played a role,” she said.”
And she blamed America’s “sexism and misogyny, which are endemic to our society. And certainly as I write in my chapter called ‘On Being a Woman in Politics,’ have to be factored in as well.”
There it is! The woman card. As Clinton sees it, those deplorables couldn’t stand the thought of a woman in the White House.
The reality is vastly different. The deplorables couldn’t stand the idea of another hand-picked and out-of-touch elitist taking up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. As such, they voted for a candidate that actually listened to what they had to say.
It doesn’t appear that Clinton will ever come to terms with why she lost. That’s unfortunate, but hopefully we won’t have to hear her tales of woe over and over again, as it’s beyond tiring.