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Hillary Rides the Blame Train

Clinton continues to blame everyone but herself for losing the election. Comey, the Russians, misogyny — you name it.

Thomas Gallatin · May 3, 2017

“I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off,” Hillary Clinton bitterly complained in an interview on Tuesday at the Women for Women International event. “And the evidence for that intervening event is, I think, compelling [and] persuasive.” If by compelling and persuasive she means pathetically wrong.

When has it ever been considered a virtue of leadership to reject personal responsibility and embrace the status of a helpless victim? Well, besides Barack Obama. While it may be human nature to blame others for our own failures, those individuals and leaders we most admire are those who refuse to fault others for the failings they experience. Unadmired and disliked Hillary Clinton has repeatedly refused to admit her own failings and rise above that childish instinct to point the finger at others.

“I take absolute personal responsibility,” Clinton insisted. “I was the candidate. I was the person who was on the ballot.” Except she went on to immediately shift blame to Comey and the Russian hack of John Podesta’s emails for her loss. “There was a lot of funny business going on,” she said. Yes, there was — it was called her private email server on which she illegally sent and received classified information. Comey didn’t make her do that. The Russians didn’t plant it. Clinton herself made that decision, and then she lied about it every step of the way. Even Comey’s last minute effort to exonerate her a second time failed because no one trusted her.

One thing to be gleaned from the interview is that Hillary still craves relevancy. Clinton stated, “I’m back to being an activist citizen — and part of the resistance.” And she gave yet more evidence that she has still not come to grips with the loss, asserting several times, “Remember, I did win more than three million votes [more] than my opponent.” There may not be a more ringing endorsement for the wisdom of the Founding Fathers’ installation of the Electoral College than that. If Hillary, were truly interested in what’s best for the nation, she would own the loss and move on. Few liked her to start with, and no one likes a sore loser.

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