The New York Times this weekend has Amy Chozick’s extraordinary account of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, including this revealing moment from election night:
Things were already looking bad when, several people told me, Chelsea Clinton popped the Champagne. It was just after 9 p.m. on election night and she was having her hair and makeup done in the family’s suite at the Peninsula hotel. She stopped to pour what someone said was Veuve Clicquot into everyone’s glasses, figuring that in a couple of hours Donald Trump’s run of early victories in red states (West Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama) would end and the map would turn back in her mom’s favor.
Three hours later, the Rust Belt was awash in red, and somebody had to tell Hillary Clinton.
Robby Mook, the drained and deflated campaign manager, told his boss she was going to lose. She didn’t seem all that surprised.
“I knew it. I knew this would happen to me,” she said, now within a couple of inches of Mr. Mook’s ashen face. “They were never going to let me be president.”
Who exactly is “They”? Chozick’s answer is . . . well . . . self-flagellating, clichéd liberal claptrap seems an apt description:
They were the vast-right wing conspiracy. They were the patriarchy that could never let an ambitious former first lady finally shatter “that highest, hardest glass ceiling.” They were the people of Wisconsin and James Comey. They were white suburban women who would rather vote for a man who bragged about sexual assault than a woman who seemed an affront to who they were.
It’s dizzying to realize that without even knowing it, you’ve ended up on the wrong side of history.
VRWC . . . patriarchy . . . servile suburban women . . . “wrong side of history.” Good grief. Liberals, too, have their checklists. Even now, they can’t seem to get it through their heads that Clinton was simply an awful candidate.
It’s become a commonplace on the political Right to liken Hillary Clinton to Richard Nixon. But liberals have been known to indulge now and again. Evan Thomas, who wrote a book on Nixon a few years back, drew out the parallels in a 2015 commentary for the Wall Street Journal.
“With the hindsight of history, we can see that Nixon’s downfall was predictable,” Thomas concluded. “Actually, his personality flaws were well known before he was elected. So are Hillary’s.” And how.
I don’t know who “They” are, really (though I’m sure it wasn’t the Russians, as Chozick suggests). Whoever “They” might be, however, “They” helped the country avert a bona fide disaster.