Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has written a book about her 2016 campaign experience hilariously titled, “What Happened”…no it doesn’t include a question mark, but it should.
On Wednesday some clips from the audio version were released. One clip in particular has been circulating in the media and it could be the perfect encapsulation of why Mrs.Clinton lost so epically last November. Narrating her own story, Clinton discusses the now famous debate against President Trump where the two stood in a town-hall style showdown at Washington University while Trump paced the stage behind her and around her as she spoke. The former First Lady was not impressed, and if she is to be believed, she even felt threatened.
Two days before the world heard him brag about groping women. Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely. Staring at me. Making faces…my skin crawled.
It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, ‘Well, what would you do?’ Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, ‘Back up you creep, get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.’
Clinton went on to say the entire experience made her skin crawl.
While the purpose of the book may be to
make a cash grab to pay off those losing campaign debts walk her fans through her experience, the clip that was released only serves to clarify exactly why Mrs.Clinton lost a sure thing.
Her delivery as an audio book narrator was nearly is robotic as her persona on the campaign trail. While Clinton was a seasoned politician, Trump was the anti-politician. Everything about him was big – his stature, his persona, his plans. Love him or hate him, Americans were talking about him…a lot. By comparison, Clinton seemed detached and dispassionate. Americans on both sides of the political fence were fired up. Neither side wanted to vote for a political version of C3P0. Trump understood that…Hillary did not.
It seems sadly ironic that she did not indeed choose to turn around and confront him the way she fantasizes about in her book. One has to wonder if Clinton had done just that if it would have energized her base. While Democrat voters were screaming for a little passion in the face of a reality tv presidency, Clinton insisted on sticking to her playbook.
Also, it’s hard to take a woman like Hillary Clinton seriously about feeling “uncomfortable” sharing the stage with a sexual predator when she’s been married to one for 42 years. While not everyone is willing to admit Bill Clinton is a rapist, even his most ardent supporters do see him as a bit of a rake. It’s generally acknowledged that he is unfaithful and has disrespected his wife over and over again in the decades of their union.
Hell, she wrapped her arms around Bill Clinton continually. She knows from creep.
— Melissa Mackenzie (@MelissaTweets) August 23, 2017
Lil’ ol’ Hillary is scared of the big, bad orange man? It doesn’t fly, even with her base. Hillary fans think of her as strong and decisive. Her failure to directly and bluntly stand up to Trump left them feeling underwhelmed, perplexed and disappointed. It is conceivable taking a more passionate approach could have changed the outcome for her, but Hillary has been a politician for too long. She doesn’t have it in her to change. Her world is so insular, she could not conceive of another way to do things.
Add all this to the fact that until the campaign, the Clintons and the Trumps were actually friends, with the Trumps being big Democrat donors. It all seems disingenuous at best, completely deceptive at worst.
As tone-deaf as ever, it is clear the Clinton team thinks Hillary will garner sympathy and perhaps spur some regret among Trump voters. In fact, the early release of this audio clip is just another misstep in an epically horrible political campaign. There is talk that top Democrats are not pleased with the book. They’re worried that it will just look like more whining (Spoilers: it does) and will keep the public focused on Democrat losses rather than Trump’s inconsistencies.
If Hillary wants to preserve whatever legacy she has left, she’d be better off finding a spot to hunker down and earn an undeserved paycheck for her remaining years – college provost, guest lecturer, charity representative, hospital board member. There are no more sympathy votes to earn. She lost. She lost big and to the strangest candidate in recent memory.