This is classic Hillary Clinton: she has said often that she holds herself accountable or takes full responsibility and then does neither. This is a major personality flaw, but I also fault the system; our federal government failed to hold her accountable on Benghazi or for computer servers residing in her basement or a bathroom closet in Colorado. The average American most certainly would not have been treated with such leniency. But these things seem to just bead right off of that Teflon coating on the Clintons. As to the Russian hacking, Mrs. Clinton’s homebrew server was not under the protection of government security systems, so the Russians had an easy time of breaching it. But, according to FBI Director James Comey, since Mrs. Clinton’s intentions weren’t blameworthy, he could not file a case. That’s a shame. If he had, Mrs. Clinton just might have gotten her first real taste of accountability. It is interesting to note that when Mr. Comey completely exonerated Mrs. Clinton in July, she had nothing but praise for him. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, she is squawking that he cost her the election.
It was not enough for Mrs. Clinton to put the blame on Comey and the Russian hack of the DNC. She then went a step further and repeated the falsehood that the Russians and Mr. Trump were in cahoots and that she found the evidence linking Mr. Putin and the Trump campaign “compelling and persuasive.” She didn’t offer any of the evidence up, though. Instead, she painted a picture of why Mr. Putin hates her. Evidently, according to Mrs. Clinton, he blamed her for the civic unrest after she, as then Secretary of State, declared his election “rigged.” After that, she said, “it was all downhill.” So far Comey, the Russian Hackers, Putin and Trump are bearing the blame for her loss.
Finally, Mrs. Clinton mentioned twice that she had won the popular vote by some three million votes. Of course, she doesn’t mention that she went into the race with 196 electoral votes to Trump’s 101. You see, the Democrat “Blue Wall” (states reliably Democrat) comprises 196, while the Republican “Red Wall” comprises only 101. In the end, Mrs. Clinton picked up only an additional 37 electoral votes, while Mr. Trump’s picked up 203. When you look at it that way, her loss is pretty humiliating.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Clinton’s dance on the public stage is not over. “I’m now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance,” she said, which I assume means that she is throwing down the gauntlet to let President Trump know that she will use her influence in any way possible to counter the efforts of his presidency. No doubt, Clinton will continue to work on women’s issues. She again mentioned the wage gap, even though equal pay for equal work is already a law and even though the Clinton Foundation was accused of paying men more than women for the same job. But the doings of the Clinton Foundation were never looked into either.
Where does Hillary go from here? My optimistic answer would be “far, far away, I hope!” But, reality tells me that such a notion is only a pipe-dream. Narcissist that she is, Hillary Clinton will always seek out the political spotlight, power, and access to money. Maybe she’ll run for Mayor of New York or Governor of New York State. Those seem the most obvious choices short of landing some position of influence with the United Nations. However, in October, Mrs. Clinton will turn 70, and might be considered too old to run for public office. Her influence, like that of her husband, would have to be applied indirectly to a situation which she (or they) could ultimately control. I would look for her energy to be directed in shepherding daughter, Chelsey, into the political arena, thereby giving the Clintons the platform they need to keep their faces front and center. . .and that is not a happy thought.
©Copyright WBrown2017. All Rights Reserved.