'Shattered' Picks Through The Broken Pieces Of Hillary Clinton's Dream

Apr 19, 2017, 01:49

"He couldn't understand what possessed Hillary to set up the private e-mail server, and her handling of the scandal - obfuscate, deny, and evade - amounted to political malpractice", Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen reported in 'Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign'.

The first sign of trouble reportedly came at about 7:45 p.m. when Steve Schale, a Clinton campaign polling analyst, called to say that loss was imminent in the key swing state of Florida.

At one point, the authors describe how, in the early hours of November 9 - not long after the Associated Press officially called the race for Trump, and hours after most of the Clinton camp had all but given up hope of winning - the 2016 Democratic nominee got a call from President Obama.

So we can only imagine what was going through Hillary Clinton's mind as she had to concede the victory to arch nemesis Donald Trump.

"You need to concede", Obama told his former secretary of state, according to the authors.

While it is true that Donald Trump won the election, it is not true that the nation has turned its back on either Barack Obama's legacy or that the electorate rejected Hillary Clinton.

But as revealing as those moments are, they inexplicably come in the book's final pages and largely stand apart from the rest, which is mostly a dutiful recitation of every to and fro of the so-very-long, joyless, ugh-filled Clinton campaign.

Huma Abedin sheltered Clinton from criticism - The book alleges that vice campaign chair Huma Abedin would rarely criticize Clinton, and "couldn't be counted on to relay constructive criticism to Hillary without pointing a finger at the critic".

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"Mr. President, I'm sorry".

Sanders' rather quixotic campaign not only tested Clinton, it played perfectly into Trump's own critique of "crooked Hillary" and his tactic of tying her to globalism and Wall Street.

Sanders endorsed Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in July, which led to approximately 1,800 of his delegates walking out of the event in protest and storming media row outside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Allen said when election results showed she would lose to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, her aides tried to convince her to give an impassioned concession speech in which she would promote Democratic values.

"But mostly, she was mad - mad that she'd lost and that the country would have to endure a Trump presidency."

While she didn't publicly concede on election night - she waited until morning to address supporters - The Washington Post reports the calls from Obama had the desired impact.

"Hillary's campaign was so spirit-crushing that her aides eventually shorthanded the feeling of impending doom with a simple mantra", they added.

"She was doing her preparatory work on the debate, and he would cut her off and say, that's not very good, and finally she got exhausted of it and said, 'why don't you try it, ' and she turned around and made him play her, and she kept cutting him off, and telling him he wasn't doing a very good job".