If you’ve read the book Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, you know that the whole narrative about Russian collusion with the Trump campaign to win the 2016 presidential election was cooked up by Team Hillary after her stunning defeat. Immediately after Hillary’s concession speech was delivered, her campaign staff set about concocting rumors to present to the media about Russian collusion being the reason for Trump’s unexpected victory. The point was to label Trump an illegitimate president. The Clinton campaign didn’t just pay for the phony Steele dossier, they built upon it and used Hillary’s base – the media – as their partners.
“Within 24 hours of her concession speech, [campaign chair John Podesta and manager Robby Mook] assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.”
The plan, according to the book, was to push journalists to cover how “Russian hacking was the major unreported story of the campaign,” and it succeeded to a fare-thee-well. After the election, coverage of the Russian “collusion” story was relentless, and it helped pressure investigations and hearings on Capitol Hill and even the naming of a special counsel, which in turn has triggered virtually nonstop coverage.
Now that we are two years into the Mueller investigation, we know there most likely will be absolutely no collusion between Putin’s Russia and the Trump campaign to be reported. It’s true that some people within Trump’s universe have been indicted and found guilty of bad behavior and are now paying the price, President Trump himself has not been implicated in any wrongdoing. Mueller is going to be wrapping the investigation up soon and his report will probably be made public. Soon everyone will know more clearly what if anything, there is on Trump.
Meanwhile, Hillary complained this week that Congress is acting too slowly in investigating the alleged Russian collusion. She wants a more aggressive investigation. During a podcast with Tina Brown;
The 2016 Democratic nominee — who once worked as an attorney for the House Judiciary Committee during the Richard Nixon impeachment inquiry — advocated more Congressional hearings to help the public piece together what’s already been made publicly available about the investigation into a more digestible narrative.
“There is enough grounds in what has already been made public for the government, for Congress in particular, to be doing more with it,” Clinton said in a podcast interview with journalist Tina Brown. “And I’m pleased that under Speaker Pelosi, the Democrats are beginning to hold hearings and try to connect some of these dots.”
Mostly Hillary is just irritated that Mueller’s investigation isn’t leaking more to the public. She doesn’t think most Americans know what obstruction of justice means. The woman still doesn’t understand why the media was so focused on her corrupt use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State. It sounds ridiculous, I know, but She-Who-Should-Have-Been-President is also shocked that Russia tried to interfere in our election. Are we to believe she was so naive after her time at the highest levels of public service, including her husband’s presidency for crying out loud, that she was really surprised about Russian meddling? Between Russia and the Chinese, this sort of activity has been going on for years. She still thinks everyone is too dumb to realize it.
This act of hers is getting really old. Isn’t it time for her family to stage an intervention for Hillary and get her some help in dealing with her perpetual state of denial after her spectacular loss to Donald Trump? She said earlier in the podcast that the double standard women face in politics is a big reason for her defeat.
As the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, Clinton and her supporters have argued she faced a double standard as the first female candidate from a major party seeking the nation’s highest office. Women, she said, often face scrutiny and criticism for perceived qualities or traits that would not be applied to men.
“How do you get on this kind of Goldilocks path where you’re not too strong and you’re not too weak, you’re not too aggressive and you’re not too passive?” the former secretary of State said to Brown in the interview. “This is still a problem for women on the public stage.”
The truth is that Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate. Her political baggage made her untrustworthy and she comes off as a phony no matter how sincere she tries to act. And, her laugh is hideous. It’s forced and obnoxious. America is ready for a female president, just not her. Plus there was the incredible air of entitlement she possesses that Americans don’t like. She played the gender card every chance she got to guilt any woman on the fence about supporting her. She took for granted Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and Michigan, too. It all added up to victory on both coasts and defeat in middle America. Thank goodness for the electoral college.
For all we know at this point, the Democrats may end up nominating another female for the top of the ticket in 2020. The media and early supporters are sure pushing for Senator Kamala Harris pretty hard. Even the affair with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown to advance her career didn’t phase her cheerleaders. Kamala’s set her own expectations fairly high at this early stage by drawing large crowds to her appearances – some up to 20,000 have been reported. If she isn’t peaking too early, she’ll give Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders a real contest.