Hillary Clinton lost the presidency because voters didn’t like her, voters didn’t trust her, voters sniffed a strong whiff of corruption about her, and voters wanted change.
She also declined to campaign in two key midwestern states, allocating her time and advertising dollars poorly, while foolishly seeking to run up the popular vote score in Democratic areas of non-competitive states. The Russians didn’t force her to make any of those epic mistakes; she made them all on her own. She managed to lose to a man whose disapproval among the electorate on election day was 60 percent. And yet, just as she couldn’t stop lying about Benghazi and her email scandal during the campaign, she now can’t stop whinging and making excuses for her historic defeat. Roll the tape and cue the string music:
I wasn’t a perfect candidate and we didn’t run a perfect campaign, she concedes (this is Hillary’s version of “taking responsibility”), but I totally would have won if not for these nefarious outside factors. The Wikileaks emails certainly darkened the cloud of untrustworthiness that hung over her head, but she’d earned that cloud over decades of inauthenticity and dishonesty on the national stage. Democrats may still mutter under their breath about that Comey letter — which was entirely defensible in light of new information — but let’s recall that the FBI Director also worked overtime to resolve the issue as expeditiously as possible, and declared the matter closed prior to election day. The last headlines voters saw before heading to the polls were something to the effect of ‘FBI Clears Clinton Again. If anything, Clinton should be grateful to Comey for doing her a solid by not recommending criminal charges to the Justice Department.