I think it would be fair to say that Hillary Clinton did not expect to lose the Presidential race in 2016 and was shocked as the numbers came in that November night. From a close friend of mine she refused to accept that results and became unmanageable in the hotel suite. The report given to me, by someone in the suite, was that she became inebriated, physically attacked her campaign manager, Robby Mook, called her husband some very nasty names when he tried to tell her why she lost and then trashed her bedroom. This same report said that President Obama had to call her twice to tell her to make the call to concede. I was told this at a dinner several weeks after the election when I told my friend that I was disappointed that she did not come down and thank her supporters, many of them had been standing there for hours.
If you recall John Podesta came down and looked very awkward. It was not his place to concede the race and even though every media source and all the networks had called it for Donald Trump Podesta simply said they were going to wait for the final tallies and have a comment in the morning. If what I was told was correct it simply backs up that she was in no shape to appear before a large crowd of supporters.
In the past two and one-half years Hillary Clinton has blamed her loss on many different people and many different things. Never has she admitted that she is the one to shoulder that blame for running an ineffective campaign. She never acknowledged that her poor decision to keep a private server in her home and allow official documents to be transmitted over that server might have hurt her. Never did she seem to understand that she had high negatives going into the campaign and her distant and aloof persona did nothing to change that number.
I thought that she might finally fade into the sunset like so many of my Democrat friends have privately said they wish she would but today she was back in the news with some pretty outlandish comments. Clinton went on the attack against Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard saying that her candidacy for the Presidency was nothing more than a puppet of the Russian government. This follows others who have criticized Gabbard for her positions on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. But you should remember that Gabbard is a National Guard Major and served her country in Iraq. I know that Bill Clinton evaded the draft and Hillary did claim to come under fire on a visit to Bosnia, saying that sniper fire was all around and she and Chelsea had to duck and run. The video of that visit showed no such an attack or gunfire and had young girls presenting her with flowers. The Washington Post gave her four Pinocchios with the statement that “Clinton’s tale of landing at Tuzla airport “under sniper fire” and then running for cover is simply not credible. Photographs and video of the arrival ceremony, combined with contemporaneous news reports, tell a very different story.”
But on Tulsi Gabbard Clinton says that the Russians are grooming her to be a third-party candidate, something Gabbard says she has no interest in doing, and she bases this on Gabbard’s views on the Middle East. Gabbard responded on Twitter with the following:
“Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain.
“From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation,” she added. “We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose.”
“It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.”
Attacking Gabbard was not enough for Ms. Clinton. She then went further and suggested that Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, was a Russian agent. Stein responded by saying “It’s a shame that HRC is peddling conspiracy theories to justify her failure instead of reflecting on the real reasons Dems lost in 2016”
Even progressives have called out Ms. Clinton as having made some ridiculous claims and without offering any proof she appears to be suffering from some sort of delusion. And those of us old enough to remember will recall that Clinton said any suggestion that her husband had attacked other women was a right-wing conspiracy.
I did not agree with President Trump pulling out of Syria. I think he abandoned our longtime allies in the Kurds. He is now trying to deter the Turks by threatening them with stiff economic sanctions. I think that it is like closing the barn door after the horse ran out. But I also know that many Americans are tired of the never-ending struggle in the Middle East and I have heard Republicans and Democrats, Conservatives and Liberals all express the same viewpoint that we should get out.
I am not sure what Hillary Clinton is up to at this point in time. She has been making the rounds of the talk shows on TV, accompanied by her daughter Chelsea, and having the hosts fawn over her and treat her like royalty. She attacks the President and the hosts chime in with support. There is the nagging feeling that she still feels that she is entitled to be President and probably believes that she is the only person to defeat him this time around. In her mind, she may believe the Democrat Party will turn to her once again and ask her to run. She would be one more geriatric in the party since she will be 72 next year.
I think that she will have her tombstone prepared before she dies and somewhere on that slab of granite will be the words “Russia stole the election from me!”