Why I lost the 2016 election: The book

Why I lost the 2016 election: The book
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Soon to be made into a major motion picture. The title — “What Happened” — would be more apt if it were posed as a question: “Wha’ hoppen??”

According to CBS News:

[T]he memoir, due out Sept. 12, details Clinton’s experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party during an historic election “marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules.”

In the introduction of the novel, Clinton writes: “In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down.”

Ooh, sounds juicy.

How this focus on Russian collusion will jibe with all the hundred-odd (some very odd) reasons Clinton has given for why she lost remains to be seen. In May, she told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that she lost because none of the debate moderators asked her how she was going to create more jobs. (It turns out she was asked that question during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University on Sept. 26, but, to quote a former secretary of state, what difference at this point does it make?)

A month later, Clinton’s list of excuses had grown into a litany. They included unfair media coverage, James Comey’s decision to re-open her email probe, misogyny, and a prevailing sentiment that she would be victorious, which hampered voter turnout. She did mention an “unprecedented” campaign waged against her by a foreign adversary,” but that was far down on her list of grievances/rationalizations.

You might think that by now no one is interested in hearing any more of Clinton’s bellyaching over why she lost, but a major publisher, Simon & Schuster, is willing to gamble on the likelihood there are still plenty of hard liners eager to keep the conspiracy theory alive.

One for whom the book will probably ring up as a “No sale” is Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer , who four days ago told The Washington Post:

When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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