It was America’s fault. James Comey’s fault. The DNC’s fault. Bernie Sanders’ fault. The media’s fault.
Everybody has been to blame for Hillary Clinton’s November 2016 loss to Donald Trump for the United States presidency except for Hillary Clinton herself. And despite the fact that it’s already pretty crowded down there, Jim, Debbie, Bernie, and their pals better try to make some more room for yet another scapegoat to join them under the bus.
CNN reports that in one excerpt from the failed candidate, First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State’s upcoming memoir “What Happened,” she singles out the Vice President of the previous Democrat administration for criticism:
“Joe Biden said the Democratic Party in 2016 “did not talk about what it always stood for — and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class,'” Clinton writes. “I find this fairly remarkable, considering that Joe himself campaigned for me all over the Midwest and talked plenty about the middle class.”
The Hill provides some helpful background for the complaint:
Clinton was referring to comments made in May by Biden, in which he criticized Democrats’ strategy to win over working-class voters.
“Because of the negative campaign that [Donald] Trump ran, how much did we hear about that guy making 50,000 bucks on an assembly line, the woman — his wife — making $28,000 as a hostess?” Biden said in May.
“They have $78,000, two kids, living in a metropolitan area, and they can hardly make it,” Biden continued, adding “When was the last time you heard us talk about those people?”
For the sake of precision it’s worth noting that complaining about Biden’s post-election comments isn’t blaming him for her loss, but it most certainly is a deflection of responsibility for one factor that contributed to Hillary’s defeat, so it’s in the ballpark.
More importantly, Biden’s analysis is (in a rare moment of insight for a man The Onion has made legendary as “Diamond Joe” and the “President of Vice”) obviously correct. As a Wesleyan Media Project analysis released in March of this year found:
[O]nly 25 percent of Clinton’s ads focused on policy, while over 60 percent were personal, or as the study described, “solely about candidate characteristics.”
Clinton is the only presidential candidate since at least the 2000 campaign, from either political party, to devote less than 40 percent of her television ads to focus on policy […]
In comparison, over 70 percent of Donald Trump’s television ads “contained at least some discussion of policy.”
“The majority of the Clinton campaign’s negative advertising attacked Trump’s characteristics and personality,” the study found, noting that “fewer than 10 percent of ads attacking Trump focused on his policies whereas about 90 percent was focused on Trump as an individual.”
Oh, and you know who else agreed that the Clinton campaign had too little to offer working-class voters? Bill Clinton:
“Bill Clinton had railed … for months” against the campaign’s disinterest in the working-class, “wondering aloud at meetings why the campaign was not making more of an attempt to even ask that population for its votes,” Politico reported.
“Bill Clinton’s viewpoint of fighting for the working-class white voters was often dismissed with a hand wave by senior members of the team as a personal vendetta to win back the voters who elected him, from a talented but aging politician who simply refused to accept the new Democratic map,” the report added.
Yes, how inconsiderate of Biden to notice something Hillary’s own husband repeatedly tried to warn her about when she actually had a chance to do something about it.
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