On Wednesday, March 14,2018, an article by Kathleen Parker a syndicated columnist from DC, entitled “Hillary, just stop. Please!”, appeared in the local newspaper. It is right on. Here goes:
“She can’t let go.
She can’t stop talking about what happened. She wrote an entire book about it. Now she’s telling people in other countries why she should have won the election. In India last weekend, she told an audience that she won in all the smart, cool places and then hit a pandering low that puts a catalogue of others to shame.
Hillary Clinton just can’t quit herself. Not then. Not now.
In case you missed it, she won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes but lost the Electoral College. Like it or not, out electoral system was set up this way – with both a popular vote and the Electoral College – ostensibly as a bulwark against the mob rule.
Americans hate or love the Electoral College, depended on whether it benefits them. And every few years, we want to scrap the whole thing and let the majority have its way. Or, should I say, let demographics and birth rates rule the day.
Irony, meanwhile, is one happy camper these days. Trump’s unexpected victory meant that the “mob”, as perceived by Clinton supporters, merged with the Electoral College to pick a populist demagogue.
To sat that a majority of the country awoke the morning after Election Day shell-shocked and mute is to understate the effect not so much of Clinton’s loss but of Trump’s win. As in, “What?”
On my block in very blue Washington the morning after, three neighbors simultaneously ventured outside to collect the newspaper of walk the dog and stood staring at each other, wordlessly. It was as though the presidency had died.
But life does skip right along, doesn’t it? A triumphant trump hasn’t slackened his pace as he shows one staff member, appointee or cabinet member out another door. Secretary of State rex Tillerson, the most recent (but surely not the last), was fired Tuesday in the nick of a bad news cycle – a possible Republican loss in a Pennsylvania special election to fill a congressional seat and a lawsuit filed by an alleged former lover (Windy Snowy, or some such), who was allegedly paid not to tell.
No good seems to come to those who serve in this administration. Cue Peter, Paul and Mary: Where have all the soldiers gone? Long time passing. Where have all the soldiers gone, ling time ago? Gone to grave yards, everyone; When will they ever learn? When will they e-ver learn?
The same song same song could be sung about Clinton, if only she could hear the music. But then, she was always a little tone deaf. In India last week on a private trip with her friend and loyal adviser, Huma Abedin, Clinton gave a few speeches as part of her ongoing global book tour to promote, wait for it, “What Happened.”
At least Al Gore, who suffered a similar fate, winning the popular vote in 2000 but losing the Electoral College to George W. Bush, only went on to grow a beard and make documentaries about the end of the earth. Clinton seems committed to a personal Groundhog Day in which she adds not new talents and feats of heroism but fresh targets to blame for her destiny denied.
She has variously blamed former FBI Director James Comey, Russia sexists, “deplorables” and, in a speech in Mumbai, racism. In one of her worst-yet panders – quite a distinction if you remember Hillary’s 2007 speech in Selma, Alabama – she apparently noticed the darker pigmentation of her Indian audience and adapted.
She started out be reiterating her disdain for those who failed to recognize her virtues, saying she won in places “that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward,” compared with Trump voters who are always looking “backwards.” Yikes!
Such a lack of awareness, combined with Clinton’s clear disdain for millions of Americans whom she would have served as president, confirms that she shouldn’t have won after all.”
Thank God for miracles!