Hillary Has No One to Blame but Herself


July 18, 2016

Hillary Has No One to Blame but Herself

by Ron Fournier (July 14,2016)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/hillarys-fault/491387/?utm_source=atltw

Despite all the advantages she enjoys, the Democratic candidate could lose the election in November.

If Donald Trump becomes President, the world will have Hillary Clinton to blame.

On the day her campaign released an ad that makes a brutal and effective case against a Trump presidency—“Our children are watching”—a New York Times poll revealed the cost of her squandered credibility.

Clinton and Trump are tied nationally, each supported by 40 percent of voters, in a survey taken after FBI director James Comey undercut Clinton’s shifting and deceptive explanations of her email practices at the State Department. A month ago, she held a six-point lead in the same poll.

While this is just one poll, virtually all statewide and national surveys suggest the race is tightening despite a number of factors weighted in Clinton’s favor. These include:

  • The nation’s new demography favors Democratic presidential candidates. (President Obama’s coalition of young, minority, and well-educated voters is still ascendant.)
  • The Electoral College favors Democratic candidates. (Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have voted for the Democratic presidential candidate in each of the most recent six presidential elections, from 1992 through 2012. Together, they represent 242 electoral votes.)
  • Clinton is a former senator, secretary of state, and first lady who is arguably more prepared, in terms of experience, than any non-incumbent presidential candidate ever.
  • Clinton is outspending Trump 40-1 on advertising in states that will determine who wins the campaign.
  • Clinton is running against Trump. That’s her biggest advantage. The celebrity billionaire has no political experience, no foreign-policy experience, and no more than a superficial interest or understanding in public policy. He is also—to put it kindly—temperamentally challenged.

The new Clinton ad exposes Trump’s toxicity by framing his speeches around soft notes of a piano and images of children watching TV, juxtaposing their innocence with the candidate’s vile rhetoric.

“I love the old days,” Trump says in the first sound bite. “You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out in a stretcher folks.”

Then, one after another:

“You can tell them to go [bleep] themselves.”

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?”

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.”

After a fifth and sixth noxious statement, the screen fades to black and two sentences appear. “Our children are watching,” reads the first. “What example will we set for them?”

Then the ad gives way to Clinton, who says that today’s children and grandchildren will look back on “the choices we are about to make.”

It’s a powerful ad—but one that would be far more effective had she made a better choice. On March 10, 2015, hours before Clinton was to conduct a news conference at the United Nations to explain why she stashed her government emails on a secret server, I wrote a column titled “Hillary’s Choice.”* It imagined her making “the right choice” and coming clean at the event.

Clinton strides confidently into the room trailed by aides carrying an email server once registered to her home. “President Obama gave me the honor to serve the American people as secretary of State,” she says. “While serving in that office, I wrote and received thousands of emails. These emails belong to the American public, not to me. I am turning them over to the State Department—all of them.”

Photographers inch closer to Clinton, their cameras whirring and flashing. “I recommend that a ruthlessly independent entity be selected to review the email to determine which ones are private, which ones should immediately be made public, and which ones fall under public-archive rules. My actions have damaged the public’s trust in the integrity of my email cache. I’ll take whatever steps are necessary to earn back that trust.”

… [S]he smiles, nods at the cameras. “I think this is a bit overblown. But let’s be honest: There would be no controversy had I made a different set of choices. My political enemies are attacking, but I’m the fool who gave them the opening,” she chuckles. “The ends do not justify the means. Any questions?”

Reporters ask a few forgettable questions. Columnists praise her decision. Editors declare the controversy over. Republicans pout.

Of course, that’s not how the news conference played out. Instead, she chose to stonewall and lie, gambling that—as a close friend and adviser told me later that spring—it doesn’t matter whether a politician is trusted.

Clinton lost the bet. The number of Americans who say they trust her steadily declined and hit a low point with the today’s New York Times poll. Sixty-seven percent of voters said she is not honest and trustworthy, more than the 62 percent who said the same of Trump. Just 28 percent of voters said they had a positive view of Clinton, according to the Times, compared with 33 percent last month.

Asked if her email practices were illegal, 46 percent of voters said yes, compared with 23 percent who said using a private server was improper but not illegal. An ABC/Washington Post survey suggests a majority of voters think Clinton should have been charged with a crime.

Clinton is still more likely than not to be the next president. But it didn’t have to be this close.

 

This article originally stated that Hillary Clinton’s press conference was on March 8, 2015. We regret the error.

5 thoughts on “Hillary Has No One to Blame but Herself

  1. ” The celebrity billionaire has no political experience ……” etc, etc…..

    If there’s going to be an upset in November, then the US will become a Nation of ‘ clowns ‘ ! ! IT WILL MOST DEFINITELY BE A NATION THAT WILL LOOSE THE LEADERSHIP OF THE WORLD ……

  2. It may be about time the Wall Street barons and their appointees in the US Government were to lose and this may start with Hillary. However on the other hand there may be no guarantee that Trump will remain immune from Wall Street barons’ maneuvers as Trump may succumb to the lure for more wealth as greed is like a bottomless container with no limit and can be equated to the insatiable greed of those who have tasted and now used to power.
    It is observed that many existing politicians are either successors of past politicians using their official positions who became rich while in power or new entrants who became rich after being elected. This is international and common culture.
    IT IS WORLD WIDE PRACTICE WHERE POLITICS IS A PROFESSION WHICH LOVES TO LIVE ON OTHERS’ INCOME AND EXEMPT THEMSELVES FROM MANY TAXES [BY ‘LEGAL’ MEANS] AND TRANSPARENCY-ACCOUNTABILITY-PUNISHMENTS VIA LAWS THEY MAKE.

  3. Anything but Hilary, she’s had her hand in deposing Saddam and Gadaffi. Destroyer of nations, she should not be given the powers to destroy again. War mongering is in her blood, no country is safe from her crazed idea of regime changes. She intends to change the leadership of countries that do not follow the US’s rules. Best if she is left out in obscurity. Under the guise of championing human rights, she would destroy those nations who opposes her will through proxies.

  4. Killary is damaged goods. The Presidential elections come November will be an interesting one to watch. If it gets downright dirty, she will have a very tough time making sure both Bill’s and her many skeletons remain hidden in their crowded closet.
    And yet, the DNC favours Killary over Bernie despite poll after poll showing the later with the better chance of defeating Trump. I wonder what her trump card is?

    Having said that, both Trump and Killary are two sides of a coin. Both represent the 1% elitists despite Trump claiming to be with the people. Both are power hungry.
    Both are into big money politics with Killary being the worst culprit accepting political funding disproportionately from special interest groups mainly from Wall Street, law firms and major wealthy corporate players like financier George Soros.

    It will be of interest to note that Trump is mainly self funded so he has only his own personal agendas to serve although he also receive contributions from realtor and construction interest groups.

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