Nobody will buy Hillary Clinton’s book What Happened, of course, because nobody is really interested in anything Hillary has to say. She got a fairly good indication of that last year, when the “You’re Fired!” guy from The Apprentice beat her in the presidential election.
But because Hillary is a desperate attention whore incapable of living a private life, she took it upon herself to write a memoir – her third – of the 2016 campaign, and all indications are that its primary purpose is self-exoneration. Each batch of excerpts from the book which surface tend to bear this out.
Hillary Clinton casts Bernie Sanders as an unrealistic over-promiser in her new book, according to excerpts posted by a group of Clinton supporters.
She said that his attacks against her during the primary caused “lasting damage” and paved the way for “(Donald) Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign.”
Clinton, in a book that will be released September 12 entitled “What Happened,” said Sanders “had to resort to innuendo and impugning my character” because the two Democrats “agreed on so much.”
The excerpts represent a small number of the roughly 500-page book in which Clinton reflects on her stunning loss to Donald Trump in 2016. The few pages on Sanders are also remarkably candid for a candidate who was more known for being careful than blunt, especially when it came to the Vermont senator.
A Clinton spokesman declined to comment on the published excerpts.
“Some of his supporters, the so-called Bernie Bros, took to harassing my supporters online. It got ugly and more than a little sexist,” she wrote.
“When I finally challenged Bernie during a debate to name a single time I changed a position or a vote because of a financial contribution, he couldn’t come up with anything,” Clinton wrote. “Nonetheless, his attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign.”
To say this is laughable is horrendously insufficient. Bernie Sanders could easily have wiped Hillary out in the primaries if he had the political stones to do it. Instead, we got this obsequious surrender…
That was the stupidest, most suicidal statement in the modern history of American politics, and Hillary benefited from it. Bernie Sanders had the opportunity to turn the Clinton e-mail issue into a bipartisan concern, rather than just something which completely discredited her with both Republicans and independents, and he had a nationally-televised opportunity to say “the fact that you ran your e-mails as Secretary of State through a private, unsecured server all our enemies could hack into and look through would make you unqualified as a matter of simple judgement by itself, but it’s worse than that; you took pains to set it up that way so you could conduct business on the side without the public being able to see it, and there is no way the American people are going to reward you for that with the White House,” and he blew it.
Donald Trump, who was given no chance whatsoever to become president, rode in by saying things not even that eloquent about Hillary. He almost didn’t even have to say anything – the election was far more an expression by the voters that anybody but Hillary was preferable than a positive endorsement of Trump.
It could well have been Sanders who beat her, even with all the Democrats’ machinations to fix the primaries against him. Sanders was too weak to call her out.
And yet she still trashes him and blames him for her loss.
Ed Krayewski at Reason is no more impressed with all this than we are, but he takes a different angle…
In other words, Sanders did to Clinton what Democrats have done to their critics for years: Frame any worry about the costs and unintended consequences of a program as a lack of concern for the problem the program is supposed to address. After years of cultivating economic illiteracy, the party reaped the results.
In an excerpt tweeted by a supporter ahead of the book’s release, Clinton compared Sanders to the deranged hitchhiker in There’s Something About Mary whose get-rich-quick scheme involves cribbing the famous “eight minute abs” program with his own “seven minute abs.” Ben Stiller, who picks him up, points out that nothing’s stopping him from cutting it down to six-minute abs.
“On issue after issue, it was like he kept proposing four-minute abs, or even no-minute abs,” Clinton complained of Sanders. “Magic abs!”
Clinton continued by sharing a Facebook post she said someone sent her. The post compared Sanders’ various positions to a belief that “America should get a pony.” When Clinton expresses skepticism about the idea, Sanders says she thinks “America doesn’t deserve a pony” and his supporters declare that Clinton hates ponies. Her clarification that actually she loves ponies is then treated as a flip-flop.
The reaction to the excerpt helped illustrate Clinton’s point. Several Sanders supporters in the Twitter thread complained that Clinton dared to compare single-payer healthcare to ponies. “Funny that she likens no one dying or going into debt because they don’t have enough money to a ‘pony,'” a typical response read. Projecting the worst possible motives onto your opponents is a lot easier than explaining your own positions.
If the complaint is that Sanders’ supporters are too economically illiterate to understand Hillary’s “responsible” policies, that doesn’t suggest any more sympathy for her electoral demise. If there is a Hillary Clinton, Fiscally Conservative Superstar, we haven’t met her.
This book is trash, which is fitting for the failed politician who wrote it. Hillary’s career has been trash. We’ll be happily rid of her when the media is through promoting What Happened and she’s out of gambits to stay relevant.