By Robert A. Vella

Never mind the fact that Democrats ran an establishment candidate in a presidential campaign when the electorate was consumed with anti-establishment fervor.  Never mind the fact that the white working class, once the stalwart base of the Democratic Party, felt abandoned by it and was left as ripe pickings for Republicans’ divisive xenophobic strategy.  Never mind the fact that Hillary Clinton, during the primaries, had performed badly in the one region where she could least afford to lose – the blue collar states of the Midwest where the American middle class has seen its worst demise.  Never mind the fact that Hillary, a white woman, was never going to garner the same level of support from blacks – a prime Democratic constituency – as did Barack Obama, a black man.  Never mind the fact that idealistic young people, another important Democratic constituency, have either stopped voting or are looking to third-party alternatives as their political disillusionment intensifies.

Never mind these facts which had been analytically revealed months and years before the 2016 election.  No, Hillary knows better.  From Hillary Clinton Explains Why She Really Lost to Trump:

Almost four months after her stunning defeat, Hillary Clinton on Thursday primarily blamed her loss to President Donald Trump on four factors that were beyond her control.

The former Democratic presidential candidate cited Russian meddling in the election, FBI Director James Comey’s involvement toward the end of the race, WikiLeaks theft of emails from her campaign chairman, and misogyny. [emphasis by TSJ]

Clinton’s comments came during her first post-election interview at Tina Brown’s eighth annual Women in the World Summit in New York City. She was questioned by Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times.

Delusions of grandeur, or astute political rationale?  You decide.

8 thoughts on “Delusions of Grandeur: Hillary Clinton on why she lost to Trump

    • Of course. My struggle with accepting political reality occurred after the disastrous 2010 and 2014 midterms which enabled Trump’s electoral victory and which exposed the catastrophic flaw in the Democrats’ strategy. However, I quickly learned those cold objective truths whereas Hillary and the party establishment remain steadfastly in denial. It’s like the stubbornness of religious faith, isn’t it?


  1. Never mind the fact that she barely beat out her underdog, socialist Primary opponent — who is now the most popular politician in the country.

    My theory: Hillary wants to maintain a political profile in order to facilitate Chelsea’s entry into the game.

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