When the Daily Beast published their piece, “Hillary Clinton on Election Night: ‘They Were Never Going to Let Me Be President'” on Friday, some people were struck by what seemed to be an admission that the agenda in the Hillary camp during the 2016 election was to “maximize Trump”.
That wasn’t so much a secret — plenty of people, particularly Republicans — suspected it, but the admittance is only just now starting to leak out in tiny streams here and there.
Others were left marveling at the extreme disconnectedness necessary to miss that dinner parties in The Hamptons were probably not the best place to get an accurate read on the “basket full of deplorables” line to describe some voters.
“The Deplorables always got a laugh, over living-room chats in the Hamptons, at dinner parties under the stars on Martha’s Vineyard, over passed hors d’oeuvres in Beverly Hills, and during sunset cocktails in Silicon Valley,” [said reporter Amy] Chozick…
For pete’s sake.
And while those things are worthy of some well-placed, “What the heck were they thinking?,” the thing that struck me immediately — coming on the heels as it did of UN Ambassador Nikki Haley letting new economics adviser Larry Kudlow know that she doesn’t get confused, thank you very much — was the victimhood.
It’s striking how much Hillary Clinton, who has been elevated to a near personification of female empowerment, plays the victim. Nothing is ever her fault. She’s blamed so many things for her loss in the 2016 election.
But never herself. And one has to figure that she likely played a role somewhere in the whole long, tragic tale of her inability to become the first woman president. But I’ll be gummed if Hillary will ever cop to it.
It’s really bizarre, and I keep wondering to myself what kind of woman looks at a Hillary and says, “Yep, that’s it. That’s what I want to be. Someone who cannot take responsibility for her own failures and who defaults to whining when things go south.”
Especially when there are women who not only take themselves in hand and own their failures, but they own their successes as well and won’t let anyone take them away by suggesting maybe they’re confused (to his credit, Kudlow seems to have misspoken and he apologized).
So, as a thought experiment, which one of these ladies exemplifies female empowerment and feminism, ladies reading this? And which do you admire?
In short: are you a Hillary or a Haley?