A new now-it-can-be-told book performs the requisite autopsy on why Hillary Clinton lost.
Judging by the reviews, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign” is the kind of political porn we junkies eat up. No doubt it’s filled with delicious dirt dished out by dueling staffers exacting revenge and blaming each other. Yum!
It’s a first stab at answering the questions Democrats have agonized over since about 10 pm EST November 8 when they realized, “Son of a gun, this SOB Trump is going to win!”
The book apparently says Hillary never could figure out why she wasn’t connecting with voters – with millennials, with minorities, with ex-Obama voters, with working-class voters, with a lot of women and with the kind of voters Bill Clinton used to get.
She and her campaign didn’t get it even after Bernie Sanders stunned them by winning the Michigan primary in March.
The answer, as usual, is clear in retrospect.
The Clintons had come a long way since 1992, when Bill felt your pain and “It’s the economy, stupid.”
It’s hard to convince people you feel their pain when you get paid $675,000 to give a speech to Goldman Sachs. Which she did.
After leaving the White House, the Clintons soared into the world of billionaires, private jets and the Davos crowd – precisely the people real Americans are mad at. See my blog on Steve Bannon and the populist anger in America.
As Senator from New York, she cultivated the Wall Street crowd. And they donated generously – to her campaigns and to the Clinton Foundation.
As Secretary of State, she travelled all over the world. Her campaign bragged that she had gone to 478 countries, or something like that.
Her campaign simply lost touch with the people at home. They forgot it was the economy, stupid. They thought the election was about “Stronger Together.”
Bill Clinton apparently sensed what was happening – and complained loudly. But the data nerds in Brooklyn thought the Big Dog was barking up the wrong tree.
Too many Americans didn’t believe Hillary felt their pain. So they gave her some real pain. And gave us Trump.