Hillary Clinton’s new book, entitled “What Happened,” is due out later this month. Based on excerpts circulating on the web, Clinton blames her loss in part on Bernie Sanders for repeatedly attacking her and setting up Trump’s refrain “Crooked Hillary.” She also questions Sanders’ Democratic credentials and asserts that she, not Bernie Sanders, is the real Democrat.
Here’s another view: the problem with Hillary Clinton was (and continues to be) that she is totally out-of-touch with reality and with ordinary Americans, having spent far too much time raising money from big donors rather than listening to, and addressing, the concerns of ordinary Americans.
And, by most accounts, Clinton ran a terrible campaign, one that was overly differential to her as an individual, to her ego, and not the important issues of our day, such as inequality and wage stagnation.
To make matters worse, all she really had to do to win the election was to embrace the Progressive movement and send a message of unity. Instead, her campaign worked overtime to discredit and undermine Bernie Sanders, alienating his supporters, the very people whose energy and enthusiasm she needed to get elected.
And she continues to insult the Progressive wing of the Democratic Party by declaring that she’s the real Democrat and Bernie Sanders is some sort of interloper. Well, the policies advocated by Hilary Clinton make it seem as if she is actually a Republican, or at best, a moderate Democrat stuck in a 1990’s time warp.
I have a message for Hillary – democratic politics is changing. There is a new Progressive movement afoot in the land. Maybe you, and other icons of the establishment, should get on board. In the meantime, enjoy those book royalties from people naive enough to pay good money to hear the same failed message – over and over and over again.