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Democrats want Hillary Clinton to step out of the spotlight

June 5, 2017

  Hillary Clinton feels the need to explain her loss to Donald Trump and in recent weeks she has been going on a “blame tour” listing at least two dozen reasons why she is not at fault.

  Her latest excuse, blaming the Democratic National Committee, seems to have been a step too far with many Democrats and they would now like to see her go back into obscurity.

  Here is more:

Democrats say they’d like Hillary Clinton to take a cue from former President Obama and step out of the spotlight. 

They say her string of remarks explaining her stunning loss in November coupled with the public remarks blaming the Democratic National Committee for the defeat — which many took as also critical of Obama — are hurting the party and making the 2016 candidate look bitter. 

The Hill interviewed more a dozen Democrats about Clinton’s remarks, including many staunch Clinton supporters and former aides.

they also unanimously said Clinton needs to rethink her public blaming tour.

“Good God, what is she doing?” one longtime aide wondered after watching Clinton at the Recode conference in California on Wednesday. “She’s apparently still really, really angry. I mean, we all are. The election was stolen from her, and that’s how she feels. 

“But to go out there publicly again and again and talk about it? And then blame the DNC?” the aide wondered. “It’s not helpful to Democrats. It’s not helpful to the country, and I don’t think it’s helpful to her.”

  I would disagree slightly with the first sentence above: While for the most part Barack Obama has stepped out of the spotlight he did feel the need to travel to Europe while Donald Trump was on his first foreign tour and give a speech in an attempt to outshine the President.

And more:

Former Obama aides are among those scratching their heads over Clinton’s strategy.

At the Recode conference, she said she had inherited nothing from a “bankrupt” Democratic Party led by Obama for eight years.

“If she is trying to come across as the leader of the angry movement of what happened in 2016, then she’s achieving it,” said one former senior aide to Obama. “But part of the problem she had was she didn’t have a vision for the Democratic Party, and she needs to now take a break and let others come to the forefront.” 

  I would also disagree with the last sentence above: Hillary Clinton did have a vision for the future of the Democratic party and it was more of the same–Barack Obama’s third term–and the voters rejected it for various reasons, probably most notably because many Democratic voters did not like the way Bernie Sanders did not get a fair shake.

  These Democrats who now want her to go away share something in common with Republican voters who have wanted her to go away for years. She is simply not a likable person and she was a lousy candidate but I kind of want her to stay in the spotlight now because I find it entertaining, especially now that Democrats are turning on her.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 6, 2017 3:13 am

    It’s the money! Like a drug addict she can’t quit.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 6, 2017 5:21 am

      I think you are right about that!

      Like

  2. June 6, 2017 10:39 pm

    I agree Steve, she has a ‘vision’ and it doesn’t involve playing nice!

    Liked by 1 person

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