Ok, so it’s pretty clear that Hillary Clinton still doesn’t get it.
Let’s just be honest: if your last name is “Clinton” and you lose to someone whose last name is “Trump” in a US presidential election, you fucked something up somewhere.
That doesn’t mean you weren’t sabotaged. And it doesn’t excuse the fact that large swaths of the American electorate are stupid enough to elect a misogynistic reality TV show host with no government experience who ran a campaign that sounded like it walked out of Germany in the 1930s.
That said, the idea that the race was close enough that it was manipulatable is absurd on its face. The very fact that the Kremlin thought it was possible to influence the election says a whole lot about how flawed Clinton’s campaign truly was.
Now that it’s become abundantly clear that Donald Trump has no place being President (as if that wasn’t already clear before November) and now that everyone besides Moscow and the alt-Right blogosphere has pretty much accepted it as “fact” that Russia meddled with the election, there is absolutely nothing to gain if you’re Hillary Clinton from publicly blaming Russia for your loss.
The “right” (no partisan pun intended) thing to do if you’re going to talk about it in public at all, is to simply say this: “you know what folks, it’s up to someone else to investigate Russian meddling, I should have won by a landslide regardless of foreign interference so clearly, I did something horribly wrong.”
But not only did Clinton not say that in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at a Women for Women event in New York, she actually started out by acting like she was going to take responsibility, only to turn around and blame Russia in the very next breath. Read this:
I take absolute personal responsibility. I was the candidate. I was the person on the ballot. And I am very aware of, you know, the challenges, the problems, the, you know, shortfalls that we had.
If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president. It wasn’t a perfect campaign, there is no such thing, but I was on the way to winning until a 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 and got scared off. The evidence for that intervening event is, I think, compelling, persuasive, and so we overcame a lot in the campaign.
Clinton: I was on the way to winning until a combination of the Comey letter and WikiLeaks "scared off" voters https://t.co/FS9oAsrIQv
— CNN (@CNN) May 2, 2017
So basically you do not, in fact, take personal responsibility.
Now watch this clip which, you’ll note, is a clinic in the very same type of smugness that made the race close enough for Russia to rig in the first place:
Hillary Clinton: Putin "certainly interfered in our election … to hurt me and to help my opponent" https://t.co/oqJqDsKlvO
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 2, 2017
This is like the Hillary Clinton version of Donald Trump handing out Electoral College maps to reporters in the Oval Office.
That is, “dude, everyone knows you won the election, now tell us why you’re so fucking stupid.”
Same thing here: “Hillary, everyone knows Russia interfered in the election, now tell us how you managed to make so many Americans mad that the election was close enough to rig.”
In the same vein, how is she not embarrassed to say “I was on the way to winning until…”?
It would be like an NFL team losing to a Pop Warner squad and then later being like, “well, we were on our way to winning, up by a field goal, when the refs made a few bad calls in the other guys’ favor.”
What?! You’re a professional football team playing a bunch of 10-year-olds! How the fuck was it that close to begin with?!
This sums it up:
Hillary's "i was on my way to winning until Russia" comment is textbook example of being correct, but not knowing when to just shut up
— Walter White (@heisenbergrpt) May 2, 2017