(Quin Hillyer, Liberty Headlines) When we reported last week that even liberals were tiring of Hillary Clinton blaming others for her loss in last year’s presidential election, it was just the beginning of what has turned into a serious trend.
Everywhere one looks now, one sees the political left wishing Mrs. Clinton would just go away. McClatchy political columnist Andrew Malcolm noted, “the ongoing public Clinton struggle with herself is alienating even supporters, and it’s crippling the required remodeling and rejuvenation of her aged Democrat Party that needs a very long rehab at some political spa.”
Alas the catharsis cannot commence until Clinton leaves the stage, but she refuses.
“Nothing will ensure that the Democratic Party fails to recoup its losses under the Obama administration more than allowing Hillary Clinton to hijack and lead the resistance against Donald Trump,” wrote liberal columnist Michael Sainato Tuesday in the (New York) Observer. Later in the column: Clinton lost to Trump because her campaign failed to convey a message that resonated with voters…. However, Hillary Clinton and her blindly loyal supporters are too out of touch to figure this out.”
Sainato cited The Hill’s report that “Democrats say they’d like Hillary Clinton to take a cue from former President Obama and step out of the spotlight.” The publication reported that more than a dozen key Democrats “unanimously said Clinton needs to rethink her public blaming tour. ‘Good God, what is she doing?’ one longtime aide wondered after watching Clinton at the Recode conference in California on Wednesday. ‘She’s apparently still really, really angry.’”
At the Washington Post, Kayla Epstein writes that Hillary’s “favorability has dropped since the election.” Moreover:
Clinton is also returning at a time when political watchers wish to move on from 2016 yet continue to pore over the results, trying to figure out how to move the party forward in 2018 and 2020. Though her prominence in the Democratic Party means she’s unlikely to ever fully disappear from the spotlight, she is human kindling for the combustible debates happening among Democrats right now.
And at USA Today, Jill Lawrence wrote a column headlined: “Dear Hillary Clinton, please stop talking about 2016.” And, continuing:
[W]hy would Clinton choose to relitigate all of this, and now of all moments? We can’t miss her if she refuses to be gone.
Now would be the time, after a terrible loss, that most people would retreat from the public stage to regroup, give the country a respite, emerge later with a plan, a passion, a graceful or at least meaningful way forward. … But that has never been Clinton’s style. She didn’t do it when she left the State Department with a 64% approval rating. She hasn’t done it after this devastating election. Instead she’s out there talking about why she lost, about the book she’s writing about why she lost, about her new organization called Onward Together. I’m sorry, but that sounds like a slog. Make America Great Again is fallacious and superficial, but at least it doesn’t sound like a march through quicksand to an unspecified goal.
Malcolm, the left-leaning McClatchy columnist, refuted several of Clinton’s excuses why her loss wasn’t her fault – then expressed in a single line why losing was her fault:
“The 69-year-old lost because despite years of practice, she was just a terrible, maladroit campaigner who could not stop coughing and collapsed on national TV.”
Fat chance of the former first lady disappearing, though. Just two hours before this article was written, another story popped up on the screen: “Pro-Clinton PAC Begins Hiring Spree for 2018 Midterms.” Priorities USA already has hired former Clinton spokesman Josh Schwerin, and says it hopes to be just as active in the 2018 cycle as it was when it spent more than $200 million, largely on behalf of Clinton, in 2016.
Obviously, despite the criticism even from her own party, Hillary Clinton does not plan to “go gentle into that good night.”