Apparently, some Democrats have reached the acceptance phase of the post-election grieving process. Those who haven’t are still going on about the popular vote, having seemingly been unable to find a working link to the Constitution of the United States anywhere on the Internet. The Vice President of the United States can be counted among the former:
Hillary Clinton felt compelled to run for president despite lacking a clear campaign vision, Vice President Joe Biden argued in an interview published Thursday.
“I don’t think she ever really figured it out,” Biden told the Los Angeles Times’ Mike Memoli. “And by the way, I think it was really hard for her to decide to run.”
Biden said Clinton likely felt obliged to run for president and that the historic nature of her bid weighed on her decision-making.
“She thought she had no choice but to run. That, as the first woman who had an opportunity to win the presidency, I think it was a real burden on her,” Biden said.
The third rail of Democratic politics since November 8, 2016, has been frank discussion of Hillary Clinton’s myriad flaws as a candidate. She never was very good at it, but the Democrats and the media had spent years convincing themselves otherwise merely because they wanted to be the first to get a woman in the White House.
Hers is a political career that may never have even happened, had Rudy Giuliani not gotten cancer in 2000. Even then, a large part of her appeal was residual affection for her husband. As memories of the Bill Clinton era faded so did Hillary Clinton’s appeal to the public. That, combined with the complete lack of vision, was why she never truly connected with young voters. Bernie Sanders’ “free stuff” rants may have been sheer lunacy, but they hit home with young people weaned on Occupy nonsense.
On election night, I was doing a radio hit with a Democratic operative. When we were asked about which candidate’s message may have resonated more in the final days of the campaign, I said Hillary’s only message was “I’m a woman, and he’s scary.” The Democratic operative didn’t dispute that.
Given the arrogance that oozed from every pore of everyone working to elect Hillary, there is a very real possibility that the “woman and scary” message was the campaign vision. After all, Democrats value diversity for diversity’s sake, and that was probably enough for them to overlook the fact anything that might be problematic. They seem to think that getting a bunch of celebrities to shout “Historic!” over and over was all the message they needed. Rather than expose their candidate to blue collar voters who needed to be won over, they kept her hanging around celebs who were always going to vote for her.
Democrats can complain all they want about Donald Trump’s behavior, but he was talking to the voters about things that were important to them. Hillary Clinton was talking about the thing that was important to her: being the first female president. Her inner circle obviously miscalculated how much the voters in what were previously Democratic strongholds cared about that. They did, however, keep her in a bubble of people who did care. Unfortunately for her, almost all of that bubble was registered to vote in California, a state she was never going to lose.
Maybe Biden’s assessment will give safe passage to other Democrats who want to do a realistic assessment of their recent debacle.
Nah…they’ll still be talking about the popular vote and James Comey six months from now.