There’s a scene in The Godfather: Part III where Michael Corleone – as played by Al Pacino – regrets his inability to escape from a life of organized crime and growls, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!”
So it is for all of us shell-shocked citizens of the world and the U.S. presidential election of 2016.
We may have thought it was over, done, consigned to the dustbin of history – or, in this case, the sewer of political memory. But just like the zombies who turn into the Walking Dead, Hillary Clinton has finally surfaced and is full of resentment at the indignity of losing the presidency to Donald Trump.
Clearly, she has decided against taking the high road of grace in defeat – one that she actually managed to pull off for a few seconds on election night – and has come out swinging: against the unfairness of her loss, against the unfitness of her opponent and against all the conspiratorial forces in the universe that rose up against her becoming the first female president of the United States.
Clinton was speaking last week at a Women for Women International event in New York when she told moderator Christiane Amanpour that “I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on Oct. 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me and got scared off.”
I think anyone old enough to remember Dana Carvey playing the Church Lady on Saturday Night Live would be quoting the character right now and saying, “Well, isn’t that special!”
I’m paraphrasing here but I think the summary is that blame for her loss lies with the evil Russians, nasty FBI director James Comey, drooling misogynists from coast to coast and, most hilariously of all, the mainstream media.
Yes, she blamed the mainstream media who, during the election campaign, actually did everything short of wearing Clinton campaign T-shirts and buttons to promote her candidacy.
Glaringly missing from her indictment of – well – everyone is any awareness of her role in losing to a man who most political experts believed had exactly zero chance of wining. They were probably right except, as it turned out, his opponent happened to be the much-flawed Clinton, whose personal and political baggage turned out to be far more of a burden than voters were willing to take on.
Clinton would have come into her first term with lingering scandals and unanswered questions about emails and private servers, and about the propriety and purpose of an impromptu visit between former president Bill Clinton and then-attorney general Loretta Lynch, when Lynch was the one tasked with deciding whether Hillary Clinton would be prosecuted for leaking classified information.
She would have been critically hampered by her near congenital inability to project even a facsimile of honesty and openness to the average voter – or, to the “basket of deplorables” as she so lovingly called tens of millions of Americans. With that colossal blunder, she effectively dismissed the very voters she needed with the all-too-familiar brush of liberal sanctimony that condemns any who don’t manifest an appropriate and approved world-view.
Also overlooked is the Bernie Sanders factor and the disappointment that took hold of millennial hearts and minds when he lost the nomination to Clinton – in a manner that also was tainted by allegations of dirty tricks on the part of the Democratic National Committee and her campaign. The Democrats find themselves seriously divided between traditional centrists represented by Clinton and an increasingly vocal far-left-leaning faction that was emboldened and energized by Sanders.
Clinton says she is now part of the “resistance.” One can wish she would resist the urge to indulge her own narcissism by attempting to undermine the legitimacy of the constitutionally-elected president of the United States.
One can wish that she would resist the urge to stomp her sour grapes of defeat into a very deplorable whine.
Gavin MacFadyen is a Canada-raised, U.S.-based writer and occasional lawyer. Blending insight and wit, he brings a unique perspective to the issues of the day.
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