Hillary’s Self-Sabotaged Destiny

Hillary Clinton is going to publish a book. It will consist of essays based on quotes that she has used to inspire her, refresh her, assuage her and comfort her during the trying and difficult times in her life. It may be a cathartic experience for her—a healthy way of dealing with loss and disappointment.

Perhaps it will help her come to grips with her new reality: that her lifelong goal of becoming President of the United States is permanently out of her reach.

But, if her recent interview with the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof is any indication, she has a very long way to go. Given her history, it’s possible Hillary will never understand what happened to her, let alone accept it.

Clinton and Kristof discussed a long list of reasons why she lost to Donald Trump in November: Wikileaks, FBI Director James Comey’s mendacious behavior, Bernie Sanders and his millennial followers undermining what was owed to her by the Democrat Party, Vladimir Putin (naturally), and, of course, the greatest scourge and threat to women and democracy: “misogyny.”

align=”left” Her megalomania and her belief in the inevitability of her “destiny” is, ironically what beat her. She underestimated the intelligence of the American voter and their revulsion at those who believe they were born to rule.
Her devastating loss must be explained by unprecedented conspiracies of hate—and hate directed not just towards her but also toward those she, in her generosity of spirit, deigns to represent: all womankind. To Hillary, her loss can’t be explained by simply stating the obvious. She ignored the Rust Belt, she was lazy, and her campaign lacked both energy and vision. These boring and mundane reasons mustn’t explain her loss, because she isn’t mundane; she was pre-ordained and special.

Jonathan Kay in 2013 reflected that people had a hard time accepting that such epic and historic figures as John F. Kennedy and Princess Diana could have been felled by such ordinary and flawed men—a part time loner and communist in the case of JFK and a drunk chauffeur in the death of Diana. It is all just too pedestrian in contrast to the myths and legends these figures have become in the public imagination. 

Hillary is having an equally hard time convincing herself that her defeat came at the hands of her own miscalculation and incompetence.

Hillary envisions herself to be a kind of “chosen one” or royalty. She behaves as such because she has been convinced of her destiny since Life magazine covered her commencement address at Wellesley nearly 50 years ago and pronounced that she was destined for greatness. There’s a reason why Raksha and Akela, the mother wolf and the pack leader in Kipling’s famous The Jungle Book, cringe when the jackal, Tabaqui obsequiously praises Raksha’s cubs:

How beautiful are the noble children! How large are their eyes! And so young too! Indeed, indeed, I might have remembered that the children of kings are men from the beginning. 

Hillary’s family appears to have had no such concern for her well-being.

She has lived her life believing in the inevitability of becoming a figure of historic and epic proportions. Her entire life had been leading her toward ultimate victory on November 8, 2016. She was finally going to break through that glass ceiling and ascend to heights no woman had ever reached, at least in her own mind. I would imagine Lady Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, Indira Gandhi and yes, even Eva Perón might have something to say about that small piece of historical delusion.

Overlooked in many of the postmortems since November is how Hillary’s own inability to see herself with a proper perspective led to her downfall. And given that inability to understand her limitations, it’s very likely that the country averted disaster.

Of course she would have continued Obama’s domestic agenda—a simultaneous weakening of the economy and tightening of central control over the lives of Americans.  Obama’s reasons were ideological; hers would have been personal. Obama was a consistent statist in his policies and thus, his moves were understandable—however harmful they were to our republic. Her reasons would have been simpler, but perhaps more dangerous. She wanted wanted things done her way because she imagines she knows best.

Had Clinton won,  not only would she have had the power, she would have had the ability to put her desires in place to complete the “fundamental transformation” Obama talked about leading up to his 2008 victory.

Her megalomania and her belief in the inevitability of her “destiny” is, ironically what beat her. She underestimated the intelligence of the American voter and their revulsion at those who believe they were born to rule. Hillary was so comfortable with her lead in the cooked polls that she was planning her agenda and having her staff order metaphorical new drapes for the Oval Office. (Trump had the last laugh there.)

Clinton foolishly refused to believe she needed to do the things that candidates need to do to actually win. She ignored even the greatest asset any candidate could have—the great political mind of her husband, Bill Clinton. No one could convince her that she actually had to work hard to achieve her dream.  She only needed to believe that she was transformational herself and nothing could possibly get in her way.

Fortunately, her delusion allowed her to miscalculate. Bigly. And because of that, we dodged a bullet. But we will have to endure the book tour where she will inevitably continue to blame the deplorables and the stars for her failure to fulfill hers and America’s “destiny.” Thank you, deplorables—and our lucky stars.


About Pamela Shuman Lange

Pamela Shuman Lange hails from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. A graduate of Wilson College, she has worked in development, marketing, and public relations for several liberal arts colleges and for National Review Institute. She is active in local politics and is an amateur FaceBook provocateur.

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28 responses to “Hillary’s Self-Sabotaged Destiny”

  1. Hillary should have paid more attention to Ronald Reagan …. people like a happy leader, and a person who loves people ….. for reasons of her own, he never came across as a people lover …..

  2. Face it, nobody wanted our first female president to be Nurse Ratched.

      • Hahaha! Nurse Ratched is right. At least Cersei is hot, in that regard Hillary is nothing like Cersei.

      • Queen Cersei would have won purely by hotness. Hell, I’d (briefly) consider voting for Cersei, before coming to my senses and voting for lower taxes and freedom, freedom and more freedom.

  3. Someone should write a compilation book with 100 essays by a cross-section of Americans explaining why they didn’t want to vote for Hillary Clinton. Half of the 100 essays should be by American women who didn’t want to vote for Hillary Clinton. Everyone has their reasons. I actually liked her husband – I always liked President Clinton, though I didn’t agree with him on most issues (although he, being clever, triangulated towards the center and thus made himself agreeable in many ways).

  4. Nothing says Hillary’s laziness then her dirty hair. The candidate with best hair always wins.

  5. Clinton was never anything special, except an especially immoral liar. FWIW, I don’t think she was lazy during her 2016 presidential campaign. I think she was unable to campaign energetically b/c of the mystery illness that she refused to divulge to the nation. She was justly punished for her dishonesty about it.

  6. Nicely done, Ms. Lange. However, one should not underestimate the fact that Mrs. Clinton was confronted by Donald J. Trump in her downfall. Or the fact that a large part of the American electorate did not want the status quo Mrs. Clinton represented. Oh, and the Trump team actually had a plan for achieving the White House that *worked*.

  7. The simple fact is that she never had a compelling reason to run, let alone for someone to vote for her, other than “it’s my turn!” and “it’s time for a woman president!”

    No, it’s not your turn. You are not owed anything but contempt and pity for defending Bill and abandoning whatever value was in your “marriage” for the sake of power, and your entire party leadership belongs in heII for thinking they could hand it to you like that. Elective office does not belong to the heirs of FDR simply because they say so.

    Meanwhile, I’ll go out on a limb and say a female president is not an idea whose time has come — it’s an idea without a time. It’s frankly ludicrous. To begin with, what could send a stronger message to our enemies — at home and abroad — that we are fundamentally unserious and deserve to be destroyed than the pathologically silly navel-gazing of affirmative action voting, and for yet another anti-American, corrupt Marxist? Meanwhile, there are no Meirs or Thatchers on offer — and none anywhere on the horizon, or indeed beyond it — so no, put all such thoughts out of your mind.

    It’s likewise absurd to elect a guy called “Obama,” raised abroad by anti-American Marxists or not. With a gentleman like Williams or Sowell, you can begin with the assurance that his family connections run deep. An “Obama” has no roots in the USA — none whatsoever on his father’s side, with which he very strongly identified — and thus looks upon the entire nation he sought to lead with contempt.

    We, on the other hand — whatever our misgivings — had a compelling reason to vote for Trump: “I’m going to go into the temple, kick over the tables, and turn the thieves out.” Sold.

  8. This is an insightful and meritorious exploration of a self-defeating narcissist. The author could not, regrettably, explore the Hilldabeast’s psychiatric and physical dysfunctions in necessary detail–they are too well hidden. At some future date, some courageous soul may part the curtain of fiction which now surrounds her to reveal this sick woman’s terrible mental and medical illnesses.

    • What the article talked about should, IMO, be in a personal journal, not something one invites the public to buy. Putting such thought up for sale to the public confirms the former Sec’y of State’s distressing lack of self-awareness, hubris &, as you mention, narcissism. Your comment interestingly opens the door to what used to be called “psycho-history” in years to come.

  9. Good article, though not sure I agree with this line, “… the greatest asset any candidate could have—the great political mind of her husband, Bill Clinton.”
    Clinton couldn’t get her elected in ’08 and I don’t think he added any value- in fact was a detriment- to her campaign.

    • Yeah, Bill the Rapist didn’t do anything for her campaign except damage it.

  10. What a brilliant piece. Kudos, Pamela! You’re clearly destined for greatness, er…I mean…uh, good job!

  11. Yes she thought is was her destiny alright. Because she thought she was a sure thing. With all the rigging George Soros was doing for her not to mention the millions of dead and illegal voters she thought there was no way she could lose. If the real numbers were to ever come out minus the illegal and dead votes Im sure this would be a lot more embarrassing for her then it is now. That was the only reason for her shock. They knew what the real numbers were all along. They knew no one was showing for her rallies. The few rallies she did because of her poor health. They actually had to cancel a few due to lack of interest while Trump was filling stadium used for Rock Concerts everywhere he went. If Hilary didn’t hate American before she certainly does now. She thought the majority of this country believed her lies. Not to mention her brilliant strategy of insulting anyone who dared to follow the opposition, She has been raping and crapping on our country for so long she thought she could do and get away with anything. THANK GOD SHE DID NOT SUCCEED I shutter to even think about where our country would be by now

  12. “Hillary Clinton is going to publish a book. It will consist of essays based on quotes that she has used to inspire her, refresh her, assuage her and comfort her during the trying and difficult times in her life. It may be a cathartic experience for her—a healthy way of dealing with loss and disappointment… we will have to endure the book tour..” Not me. The TV remote has an “off” & a “mute” button. My dad, may he rest in peace, had it right when he called them “the ultimate censorship.”

  13. you forget the continuing criminal conspiracy she has been part of AKA the clinton foundation. The FACT she is an agent for the chicoms . How she and bill should be in jail for treason because of giving away classified nucelar bomb secrets to the chicoms and allowing a reactor to be sold to n. korea capable of enriching bomb grade uranium. Not to forget what she did to quadaffi in libya and having her own ambassador murdered. She really should be in jail.

  14. Thank God or Whoever you Worship for Killery not being elected She would have been the End of America

  15. She should have had Carville and Begala running her Campaign I dont think she even asked them to Help her even one day

    • If you took away Carville’s mouth he would be invisible. Hmm, that might be a good thing.

  16. Let’s be honest, you need a big ego to run for President to begin with, and those people tend not to take losing well. So while this is all depressing and true, I can’t say I’m surprised.

  17. In as much as Hillary had egg on her face from her past, it contributed to her defeat. However, it is my opinion that it was mostly the crap that Obumble did that offended so many of us that are not liberals that we fought back in the only way that we had. That of the ballot box. I have lost my love for the word Republican, I thought that I was a conservative for many years but I was not and am not either. I am neither an optimist not pessimist. What I am is a realist. A realist is a person that knows that there is not enough money in the country to take care of every one of us. A realist is a person that knows that you can help a person with welfare but if that person never becomes self-sufficient he is only going to be a ward of the state and country. A realist will try to avoid the horror of war but when in a war will not let killing children and women stop him from winning the war. A realist is a person that will look at a pyramid from four different angles and say it is triangular but keep looking until he sees it is square on the bottom and pointed at the top and then tell you it appears as a triangle but is not. You may not like me or my opinions and that is fine. Write your own opinions, there is plenty of room here